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Known for his larger-than-life persona and extraordinary range, legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Modena, Italy, and spent much of his youth listening to records of celebrated Italian tenors such as Beniamino Gigli and Enrico Caruso.

Pavarotti became an internationally renowned star after touring with celebrated soprano Joan Sutherland and performing in major opera houses all over the world, eventually appearing in more than 20 productions taped for television between 1978 and 1994. His famous roles include Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème," Alfredo Germont in Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" and Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's "Tosca."

But Pavarotti is most often associated with his rendition of "Nessun Dorma" -- an aria that would become his signature song -- from Puccini's "Turandot." Pavarotti died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 6, 2007.

Luciano Pavarotti in Pavarotti: One Amazing Weekend in Petra

The Tribute to Pavarotti: One Amazing Weekend in Petra

2008 NR

Boasting appearances by some of the biggest names in pop, opera and classical music, this star-laden tribute concert is a fitting testament to the amount of respect and adoration the music world has for legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Featuring the acclaimed Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Eugene Kohn, this spectacular event features the likes of Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Sting and José Carreras, among others.

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