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Pavarotti turns hand to teaching
Luciano Pavarotti
Pavarotti made his professional debut in the early 1960s
Former opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, 69, is to give singing lessons in his home town in Italy.

The tenor, who retired from his opera career last year, will tutor students on a two-year singing course at a music conservatory in Modena.

Two dozen students will be selected for the Orazio Vecchi music school at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Pavarotti's annual benefit concert will take place this year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, instead of Modena.

The singer told a press conference on Monday that his students should be encouraged to start singing professionally straight away, in order to keep their living costs low while they are studying.

Venue change

"You have to set them to work in lyrical productions straight away, so that they can support their stay in Modena during the two-year course," he said.

Students who complete the course will obtain the equivalent of a masters degree.

"As far as I know, Luciano Pavarotti has advised and auditioned many young people, but he has never taught regularly at a conservatory before," said Giovanni Indulti, a teacher at the school.

No reason was given as to why Pavarotti's benefit concert would not take place in Modena as usual, where it has been held for the last 10 years.

The Pavarotti and Friends concert will take place in Sao Paulo in December.

The last concert happened in May, with performers including Ricky Martin, Bono, Eric Clapton and Andrea Bocelli.

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