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From the current issue of Opera Now

This month’s Opera Now comes with a difference: a magazine within a magazine that launches a series called Legends of Music. Produced by Rhinegold Publishing, each edition of Legends of Music will be an occasion to remember, celebrate and re-evaluate a great and influential career.

It seems fitting to begin the series with a character who was larger than life in all its aspects. Luciano Pavarotti would have been 80 years old on 12 October. Pavarotti’s life as a singer brought him worldwide fame and untold fortune of the kind that you rarely associate with classical music. Beyond the opera house, his name was linked with the likes of  Frank Sinatra, James Brown, U2’s front man Bono and Aretha Franklin, who once stood in for the indisposed tenor to sing a rousing soul version of ‘Nessun dorma’ at the Grammy Awards. Artists from all sorts of different fields warmed to a man who really did have a popular touch, with a voice that stirred the hearts and souls of 1.3 billion people in the case of Three Tenors concert that was televised from Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium in 1994.

Whereas many best-selling and ‘crossover’ artists in the classical music world these days are manufactured, there was something guileless and unaffected about Pavarotti’s artistry that resisted manipulation and spin. He actually lived up to all the hype. True, the tenor’s career was guided by canny impresarios and entrepreneurs, but they harnessed rather than fashioned an image that became imprinted in the popular imagination across many cultures. Who, after all, could have imagined that an extremely overweight, perspiration-prone man with an unkempt beard and dressed in a crumpled dinner jacket would become a global superstar?

As Pavarotti himself said, it’s difficult to fake an emotion as a singer. Audiences recognise authenticity when they hear it, and Luciano Pavarotti was the real thing.

We hope you enjoy remembering and celebrating Pavarotti in the first of Rhinegold’s Legends of Music series in this issue. Future editions will run across various magazines in Rhinegold’s extensive stable, including Classical Music and International Piano.

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In The Next Issue of Opera Now: November 2015

Pushing the countertenor voice well beyond its usual Early Music boundaries, the French singer Philippe Jaroussky has explored repertoire from the Renaissance to 20th-century song. We talk to him as he embarks on a busy season of opera and concerts

Meet the opera companies that specialise in giving budding young singers their first taste of performance in an opera

Introducing the European Network of Opera Academies (ENOA), a project that brings together talented young artists working in many aspects of opera from across the European Union, sharing their skills and experience

Independent Opera celebrates its 10th anniversary and a new generation of international talent with the UK premiere of Biedermann and the Arsonists

> René Jacobs: a new approach to Mozart opera
> Dutch National Opera at 40

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