Mediaset plans Pavarotti tribute

Concert to be seen in 40 countries

MILAN — Italy’s Mediaset will broadcast a special pop and classical concert from the ancient city of Petra in Jordan on Oct. 12 to mark what would have been legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s 73rd birthday.

Mediaset’s president Fedele Confalonieri discussed final details of the show with Pavarotti’s widow Nicoletta Mantovani on Tuesday night at the broadcast group’s headquarters in Milan.

Living opera legend Jose Carreras will open the concert accompanied by the orchestra of Eugene Kohn.

“And Bono has assured us of his presence via a video link,” an excited Mantovani told Corriere della Sera newspaper.

In Italy, the pre-recorded show will be broadcast on Rete4 and digital terrestrial. It will feature classical stars such as Jose Carreras and Roberto Alagna as well as rock names like Bono and Sting.

But producer Harvey Goldsmith, a long-time collaborator with Pavarotti who died last year on Sept. 6, said the show would be seen in 40 countries around the world.

Goldsmith revealed that Pavarotti had often discussed the possibility of a concert at the historic Petra site with Princess Haya of Jordan, who along with Mantovani, conceived the event.

Among the other events planned to mark the tenor’s birthday are a concert at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House on Sept. 18, and an exhibition on his life that opens in Rome on Oct. 17.