‘Pavarotti’ movie 2019: everything you need to know about Ron Howard’s biopic

17 May 2019, 13:48 | Updated: 21 May 2019, 10:00

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

The official UK trailer has just been released for ‘Pavarotti’, a new film about the world’s best-loved operatic tenor.

Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will paint an intimate portrayal of Luciano Pavarotti in a new biopic, featuring clips from the tenor’s iconic performances alongside never-before-seen footage.

The trailer shows the iconic clip of The Three Tenors performing ‘Nessun dorma’ at the World Cup. Plácido Domingo, one of the world's greatest living tenors and a close of friend of Pavarotti’s, says in the trailer: “He would just open his mouth and everything was easy.”

A brand new trailer has also been released, showing Pavarotti’s spine-tingling solo rendition of the Puccini aria.

Pavarotti, set for UK release on 15 July 2019, will take a close look at the life of the great tenor, and how he gave his life to music.

Pavarotti (2019)
Pavarotti (2019). Picture: CBS

Pavarotti was born in 1935 in Modena, Italy. His career took off when he was cast as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, in a small regional Italian opera house – the Teatro Municipale, Reggio Emilia.

He gave his final performance at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, and was diagnosed that year with pancreatic cancer. He died the following year.

Howard (Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Da Vinci Code) said, “Pavarotti’s life was replete with the highs and lows of great drama and, like any compelling character, he was also a man of considerable contradictions.

“His artistic ambition, propelled by his massive talent, and his deep love for humanity drove his career and the powerful bond with his audiences, but they also fuelled his other life as a world philanthropist. I am intrigued by the way his emotional passion not only drove his music and his powerful bond with his audiences, but his gift of his other life as a philanthropist.”

Ron Howard to direct 'Pavarotti' (2019)
Ron Howard to direct 'Pavarotti' (2019). Picture: Getty

The script comes from Mark Monroe, the writer of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, with the movie produced by Imagine Entertainment and White Horse pictures

A soundtrack album will be released alongside the movie by Universal Records, in Decca’s 90th anniversary year.