The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that renowned Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Irish singer Bono, a member of the popular U2 band, will sing for the Iraqi people. The two men will appear at the tenth annual charity concert called "Pavarotti and Friends" during mid-may in Italy.
According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Pavarotti has sung at many charity events alongside well-known singers, such as Elton John, Brian Adams, Lisa Manely, and many more. Every charity concert Pavarotti holds, the proceeds are given to a certain organization that disperses to countries or groups that are in need most.
Earlier last month, Pavarotti received a standing ovation for his splendid performance at the annual Culture and Arts Festival in Doha-Qatar. Spectators from around the Middle East came to be part of the rare opportunity of watching Pavarotti. The orchestra was brought in from abroad especially for the Cultural Festival making the concert an unforgettable musical experience.
With his extraordinary and powerful voice and his unique, jovial personality, Pavarotti has become the "personification" of opera, in forty years he has interpreted 26 different operas, 331 concerts, 315 recitals, for a total of 1266 performances in more than 60 countries all over the world.
It was in 1961 that Pavarotti made his real debut in the singing world by winning the international "Achille Peri" prize. 1961 was indeed a fundamental year in the tenor's life, a sort of watershed marking the passage from youth to maturity. It was the year in which he got his driver's license, married Adua Veroni after an engagement of eight years and - above all - it was the year of his first professional triumph: on the 29th of April Luciano Pavarotti debuted at the Teatro Municipal of Reggio Emilia, singing the part of Rodolfo in a widely applauded performance of Bohème conducted by Francesco Molinari Pradelli. –Albawaba.com
© 2003 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com )