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Culture news, 22.12.2004 13:35
Luciano Pavarotti in St. PetersburgThe great tenor Luciano Pavarotti gave a "farewell concert" in St. Petersburg in the Ice Palace, which seats 12 thousand people. "I thought it wrong to conclude my artistic career and not to sing in St.-Petersburg a single time", the singer said.
Pavarotti explained that last May, when St.-Petersburg celebrated its 300-year anniversary, he only "stopped by for a couple of hours" to sing at Constantinovski Palace at the festive meeting of heads of the world states. However, the tenor never sang in St.-Petersburg for wide audience.
"I performed parts in 37 operas, but there is no "yesterday" in my profession, there are only "today" and "tomorrow". At every concert, you have to prove all over again that you are a true singer", says Luciano Pavarotti who intends to sing in 40 cities of the world before he concludes his singing career.
The singer explained his forthcoming retirement saying that it is time to do so at his age. Besides, he wants to spend more time with his beloved daughter Alice who has just turned two years old. He devotes to her education much more time than he devoted to his daughters from his first marriage.
In St.-Petersburg Luciano Pavarotti performed parts from operas, classical compositions and Neapolitan songs. He brought along the conductor Leone Magiera who by now has been his friend for half a century. Pavarotti introduced to the public his niece Simona Todaro whom he has severely criticized for many years before he was convinced that she had really made progress and become a good singer.
The audience greatly enjoyed the concert. They gave a standing ovation to the great musician. "I am happy that we contributed to the organization of this concert, which was a true delight for all the admirers of the great talent" – said Gagik Zakarian, the President of Uniastrum Bank, the General Sponsor of the concert.
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