Listen to Pavarotti’s complete vocal range in one minute (and it's really something)

24 August 2017, 16:27

pavarotti vocal range

We all know that the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti was a natural talent and a one-off, but just how impressive was his vocal range?

This weekend on Classic FM we're bringing you a countdown of top best-selling classical albums of the past 25 years. It's called The Ultimate Classic FM Chart - and it's sure to feature a lot of the 'King of the High Cs', Luciano Pavarotti.  

Pavarotti was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in classical music in the last 100 years thanks to his accessible and passionate style, but his voice was also a technical marvel.

Just have a look at the extent of his vocal range:

That’s a C#3 (one octave below middle C) up to an F5 (an octave above middle C). But besides the size of the range, it’s the power and quality of the voice as it hits those dizzying heights that impresses the most.

If you fancy more of Pavarotti and other great singers of our time, do tune in to our countdown - you can listen and follow along at

And for more high notes, listen to Maria Callas' incredible vocal range