by Ron Howard
Enabling opera to live beyond the stage, he breathed an aura of poignant depth into every note he sang. Born the son of a baker in the northern Italian city of Modena, the career of the “tenor of the century” Luciano Pavarotti was slow and steady. Not least because of his engaging and sparkling personality and his unquenchable zest for life, the singer rose to become the darling of the opera and perhaps the greatest pop star of classical music. After a film about The Beatles and Jay-Z, this is the third time that director Ron Howard has dedicated himself to a musical icon and the myth behind it. Private archive photos, video clips and concert recordings unveil a moving journey through Pavarotti’s exceptional career, both behind the scenes and in front of them.