• 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Ron Howard

A celebration of the life and times of the beloved opera singer who sold over 100 million records.

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Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime.

The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long-held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream.

Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti's story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself. Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti's personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global superstardom. We travel the world with Pavarotti. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success.

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Ron Howard on Pavarotti: 'You have to appreciate that this spirit with which he approached his life is really to be admired'

9 Jul 2019

Oscar-winning filmmaker discusses his new documentary about the larger-than-life opera star

Sometimes, a bit of distance is what you need. Take Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of A Beautiful Mind. When he was approached to make a documentary about the opera star Luciano Pavarotti, he was by no means an expert. 'I didn't make the movie…

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