Today marks ten years since the death of one of the most popular and commercially successful tenors of all time. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the tenor’s first recording for Decca, Limelight’s Clive Paget spoke to Australian maestro Richard Bonynge, whose recollections of the great singer go back right to the very beginning of Pavarotti’s international career.

Pavarotti’s relationship with Bonynge and Dame Joan Sutherland was one of the most fruitful of his career. In this warts and all interview, Bonynge reflected on the tenor’s amazing career and his enduring legacy.

Luciano Pavarotti: The People’s Tenor is out now on Decca.


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