The Italian Almanac

Luciano Pavarotti

Italian News / Music - August 4

Luciano Pavarotti will bring his production of 'La Boheme' to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento this weekend for a single performance. The legendary tenor has turned to directing in view of his upcoming retirement, which will officially take place on his 70th birthday this October.

Although he stopped performing in full opera productions some time ago, 'Big Luciano' is completing a 'farewell' world concert tour and may still perform in the future with his 'Three Tenors' partners Jose Carreras and Domingo Placido on special occasions, including soccer's 2006 World Cup.

Giacomo Puccini's 'La Boheme' marked Pavarotti's debut as a director and was first staged in the Adriatic coastal town of Fano during the last Christmas holidays.

Pavarotti said it has always been one of his favorite operas and claims that it was after performing Rodolfo in 1961 that he realised that he had the "potential to become a good singer." "I have approached this production with the affection and respect one has for one's first teacher. La Boheme, in fact, is the opera I have performed in the most and the one which saw my debuts in the world's most important houses," he added.