×

Ron Howard’s Pavarotti Documentary Hits High Notes in First Trailer (Watch)

After being teased at the Grammys, Ron Howard’s documentary on Luciano Pavarotti, the legendary Italian opera singer, takes center stage with an official trailer.

Pavarotti: Genius Is Forever” will hit theaters on June 7, and Tuesday’s trailer showcased footage from interviews, concerts and family archives. It also featured testimonies from his fellow Three Tenors members José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, as well as U2’s Bono.

Howard will reunite with Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg, his team of producers from “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week,” in addition to Jeanne Elfant Festa, for the documentary. The non-fiction film, from Polygram and CBS Films, will cover Pavarotti’s adolescence to his rise to global fame with his powerful and singular vocals.

Pavarotti spent his childhood in Italy taking singing lessons and learning from his father, who was also a tenor. After several small shows in Italian opera houses, the singer began to tour internationally and made his first appearance in the U.S. at the Greater Miami Opera in 1965 after a performer fell ill and had no understudy.

He quickly became a global sensation for singing the aria “Nessun dorma” for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo formed the Three Tenors group and performed the tune on the night before the World Cup finals. The trio went on to perform megahit concerts in front of hundreds of thousands of fans during global tours, charity benefits and and the following three World Cups. Their Grammy-winning live album is the best-selling classical album of all time, and Pavarotti won the Grammy Legend Award in 1998.

As the trailer shows, the singer dedicated a large portion of his life to a series of benefit concerts titled Pavarotti & Friends, giving proceeds to humanitarian causes like the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, for which he raised more money than any other individual. Legendary musicians and celebrities from all over the world joined him, like Princess Diana, Elton John and Mariah Carey.

During his international farewell tour in 2006, Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at his home in Modesta, Italy, in September 2007. CNN aired the funeral in its entirety.

More Music

  • Snoop Dogg

    5 Things We Learned From Snoop Dogg's 'Red Table Talk' Interview

    After a few weeks in hot water, rapper Snoop Dogg made an appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith and family’s “Red Table Talk” web series to clear the air on a few trending topics — the biggest being his recent feud with Gayle King, for which he has since apologized for inciting. Following the death of [...]

  • Mazzy Star’s David Roback Remembered by

    Mazzy Star’s David Roback Remembered by Bandmates and Friends

    David Roback, who passed away yesterday at the age of 61, was a founding member of three deeply influential ‘80s-era bands: the Rain Parade, Opal and Mazzy Star. That the same guitarist-songwriter-producer would play a founding role in three such different but equally far-reaching groups is in itself remarkable, but Roback’s shunning of the spotlight [...]

  • Clay Bradley of BMI

    BMI Nashville Brings Clay Bradley Back Into Fold as Creative VP

    Clay Bradley, a member of a music royalty family who first came up through the executive ranks at BMI Nashville, is returning to the fold as the performing rights organization’s VP of creative. He assumes the role March 17, reporting to Alex Flores, BMI’s senior VP of creative. Bradley steps into a position vacated by [...]

  • Maren Morris 53rd Annual CMA Awards,

    Maren Morris to Hit Road With 'Tour Bus Baby' for Summer Amphitheater Outing

    Maren Morris is not one for a super-extended maternity leave. After previously announcing a handful of festival dates for the summer, Morris has now revealed plans for a full amphitheater tour that will take her across North America through the summer months and into the early fall, wrapping with a return to L.A.’s Greek Theater [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content