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Wednesday, February 24, 1999 Published at 15:38 GMT


Entertainment

Pavarotti to sing at rugby ground

Luciano Pavarotti (far right) Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti will perform to 45,000 people this summer at the first concert to be held at Twickenham rugby ground in London.

The performance will be his only British concert this year and the stadium will be specially adapted for the show.

The singer will be backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Leone Magiera.

The opera singer said: "I always love performing in Great Britain, a country where I have many friends and whose musical culture I have always had a tremendous respect for.

"You have such beautiful audiences, so enthusiastic and attentive.

"The country also holds very special meaning for me, because it is where I made my international singing debut, at the Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales," he said.

Pavarotti, 63, has been recovering from a hip replacement operation since he appeared in July last year with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras at the World Cup in Paris.

The so-called Three Sopranos - Kathleen Cassello, Kallen Esperian and Cynthia Lawrence - all winners of the Pavarotti International Voice Competition, will make a special guest appearance at the concert and sing with Pavarotti.

The performance takes place on 19 June and tickets go on sale at the end of the week with prices starting at £55.



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