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Classical Notes: June 8, 2010 Archive

Being Pavarotti

Posted at 6:25 PM on June 8, 2010 by Alison Young
Filed under: In the media, Musician stories

Christine Sweet recommends a wonderful new film Being Pavarotti

She writes: "I have a bad habit of turning on the TV late Sunday nights when I should be getting ready to turn in. Last year on one such occasion I stumbled upon a documentary film in progress on PBS and stayed up way too late to watch the rest of it.

Now I'm an easy mark for a true story about someone who pursues a life of music against difficult odds. But this film captivated me with a context outside my experience and imagination.

Elton, a South African teenager from a poor family is given a Luciano Pavarotti cassette by his cousin, falls in love with the voice, and is determined to "be" Pavarotti."

The film is available for stream on-line