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Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti was among the truly great opera stars of the 20th century. His career highlights included opera house performances, celebrity duets and The Three Tenors - a musical legacy that lives on through countless CDs and DVDs. Relive his life through this timeline of Pavarotti's greatest moments.
Born on 12 October 1935 in Modena, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti was the son of a baker and amateur tenor, and his wife - a cigar factory worker. Luciano's father Fernando had a fine tenor voice but rejected the possibility of a singing career because of nervousness. The young Luciano developed an interest in farming and football.
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