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30 September 2013, 13:00
Two of the remaining Three Tenors are joining forces at this year's Classic BRITs to honour their late third member, Luciano Pavarotti, who will receive a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
José Carreras has interrupted his world tour to attend the ceremony on 2 October at the Royal Albert Hall, rerouting his flights from Buenos Aires to Barcelona to include a 24 hour stopover in London. He'll be presenting the award to Nicoletta Mantovani, Pavarotti's widow, six years after the singer himself was unable to collect it in person.
Nicoletta said: "It is wonderful that the music industry is honouring Luciano in this way, particularly at a time when we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first recording. It is beautiful that the Classic BRIT Awards are helping to keep his memory alive through honouring him in this way."
Placido Domingo, who is back in Los Angeles after recovering from a pulmonary embolism, is also joining the classical world in celebration of the late singer. While he's unable to attend the ceremony in person, he'll be recording a special tribute video for the event.
As well as celebrating the musical achievements of the late tenor, this year's Classic BRITs will also serve as a springboard for the music industry's young talent. 11-year-old chorister Jack Topping will be making his Royal Albert Hall debut, performing alongside established artists including Lang Lang, Nicola Benedetti and Joseph Calleja.
Jamie Crick and John Suchet will be broadcasting live from the Royal Albert Hall on 2 October in the run up to the star-studded evening ceremony. Tickets for the event are available now from the Classic BRITs website.