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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.
His first appearance in Donizetti's La fille du régiment took place at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 2 June 1965. It was his performances of this role that would earn him the title of "King of the High Cs". Seven years later at the New York Met he drove the crowd into a frenzy with his nine effortless high Cs in the opera's signature aria. He achieved a record 17 curtain calls. Click below to hear Pavarotti's effortless high notes.
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