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Chicago, IL – The WFMT Radio Network and 98.7WFMT
is proud to present a two-part profile of the life and career of the
great tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. In honor of Signor Pavarotti’s
70th birthday, 98.7WFMT will air this tribute, Pavarotti –The
Legend At 70, on Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m.
In addition, the WFMT Radio Network is syndicating the special to
stations throughout the United States and Europe.
Commissioned by the WFMT Radio Network, the special was produced
by London-based Jon Tolansky (Renata Tebaldi: the Voice of An
Angel, Fisher-Dieskau at 80, Guilini at 90). Tolansky interviewed
Pavarotti just a few weeks ago at his summer home in Peasaro, Italy.
This rare and in-depth interview covers a wide range of topics,
from Pavarotti’s life, career and experiences with other legendary
musicians, to inside stories about his recordings and operatic roles.
He also reflects on specific roles and his greatest stage achievements,
including Tonio (La Fille du Regiment), The Duke of Mantua
(Rigoletto), King Gustavus (Un Ballo in Maschera),
Canio (Pagliacci), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Rodolfo
(La Boheme), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and
Pavarotti – The Legend at 70 also includes Signor
Pavarotti singing concert repertoire including Verdi’s
Requiem Mass, traditional Italian songs, selections from The
Three Tenors concerts, and performances with luminaries like Herbert
von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, and Sir George Solti. Renee Fleming,
Sir Edward Downs, Marilyn Horne and others provide additional commentary
and insight on the Pavarotti legend.
Jon Tolansky delves into Pavarotti’s passions beyond the
performance stage – his love of football, fine dining and
his extensive work for charity, including the Pavarotti Music Center
“Commissioning Jon Tolansky to produce Pavarotti –
The Legend at 70, is an example of our commitment to supporting
the creation of important new radio programs and finding the means
for them to be heard by the largest possible audience,” said
Steve Robinson, Senior Vice President for Radio. “Jon Tolansky
is one of the most creative and exciting classical music radio producers
in the world. He was warmly received by Pavarotti and rapport they
established is evident throughout the program, adding a special
element to this unique audio portrait.”
Pavarotti – The Legend at 70 is hosted and produced
by Jon Tolansky. Executive Producer is Steve Robinson. More information
about this special, programming on 98.7WFMT and offerings from the
WFMT Radio Network are available at www.wfmt.com.
This program is made possible by the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American
people. Pavarotti - The Legend at 70 is being promoted
in partnership with the National Italian American Foundation
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