Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first performance of The Three Tenors — one of the most successful and influential classical acts of modern times. The collaboration was the beginning of instant and near-universal fame for the trio, whose repertoire ranged from opera arias to Neapolitan ballads, Broadway hits and pop songs, and their enormous success irrevocably changed the way classical music was perceived and consumed around the world. The original live album of the concert Carreras Domingo Pavarotti In Concert , won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in and remains the best-selling classical album of all time. I hope I am not immodest to think it was also unforgettable for most of the people who were present. The collaboration was the beginning of instant and near-universal fame for the trio, whose repertoire ranged from opera arias to Neapolitan ballads, Broadway hits and pop songs — all delivered with impressively thick, beautifully enunciated European accents, by singers who indisputably LOOKED like opera singers. The fact that The Three Tenors — each famous in their own right in the classical world, and natural competitors — agreed to perform together was somewhat unprecedented. Perhaps it helped that they were all avid football fans: significantly, their first performance as a trio took place on the eve of the FIFA World Cup Final. The Three Tenors, by contrast, performed an entire concert of mostly classical repertoire to a live audience of 6, and a global television audience of over one billion.
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The trio began their collaboration with a performance at the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy on 7 July , the eve of the FIFA World Cup Final , watched by a global television audience of around million. They performed to a global television audience at three further World Cup Finals , in Los Angeles, in Paris, and in Yokohama. The Three Tenors repertoire ranged from opera to Broadway to Neapolitan songs and pop hits. The group's signature songs included " Nessun dorma " from Puccini's opera Turandot , usually sung by Pavarotti, and the ballad " O Sole Mio ", which all three tenors typically sang together. Italian producer Mario Dradi, along with German producer Elmar Kruse and British composer and producer Herbert Chappell ,  conceived the idea of the first concert in in Rome. It was also a way for his friends Domingo and Pavarotti to welcome Carreras back into the world of opera after undergoing successful treatment for leukemia. Following the big success of the and concerts, The Three Tenors opened a world tour of concerts during — The tour was scheduled to end in Houston with a final concert which was eventually canceled due to very low ticket sales. A second series of concerts outside of the FIFA World cup events held again in including cities like Tokyo , Pretoria and Detroit   followed by a Christmas concert in Vienna in December the same year. However, the production had to cancel two planned concerts for this tour; one in Hamburg on 16 June due to difficulties in finding a suitable orchestra and conductor, and another one in Albany, New York on 22 July due to poor ticket sales.
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I hope I am not immodest to think it was also unforgettable for most of the people who were present. The collectors booklet features new liner notes and many photos from the event and behind the scenes. The concert in Rome was a unique experience, one I will never forget! The original live album of the concert Carreras Domingo Pavarotti In Concert , won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in and remains the best-selling classical album of all time. Since their debut The Three Tenors achieved critical and cultural acclaim and enjoyed world tours and special performances throughout the s and s.
The concert is particularly known for the two recordings of "Nessun dorma". The first is sung by Pavarotti alone. This first Three Tenors performance and recording led to thirty-three additional concerts with Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti, as well as three more live audio and video albums. All were best-sellers. The unexpected success of the album among general audiences led to a restructuring of the classical music industry into separate "core classical" and "strategic classical" areas. With the latter category, the industry now geared its focus toward reaching new audiences via intense performer-centric marketing strategies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.