Italian operatic tenor. He is widely known throughout the world on account of his many popular recordings.
After studying with Pola and Campogalliani, he made his debut at the Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia in 1961 as Rodolfo in Puccini'sLa Bohème. In 1963 he sang in Amsterdam and repeated his success in the role of Rodolfo at Covent Garden as a last-minute substitute for Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921–2008). In 1964 he sang Idamante in Mozart'sIdomeneo at Glyndebourne after which he toured Australia (1965) with Joan Sutherland's company, singing opposite her in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, which they later recorded together. Pavarotti made his debut at La Scala, Milan, as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto in 1965, and in 1968 he made his US debut in San Francisco and at the Metropolitan Opera. Other notable performances have included Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore. In 1990 he became familiar to a worldwide audience when he sang (alongside Carreras and Domingo) at an internationally televised concert in Rome to mark the World Cup. His recording of ‘Nessun Dorma’ also topped pop charts throughout the world in 1990.