LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be posthumously unveiled Wednesday in honor of legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.
LA Opera music director James Conlon and film producer Cinzia Salvioli are scheduled to speak at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 7065 Hollywood Blvd., between La Brea and Sycamore avenues. Pavarotti’s daughter, Cristina Pavarotti, will accept the star on behalf of the family.
The star is the 2,730th since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame website, www.walkoffame.com.
The star ceremony is part of a series of events organized by Salvioli’s Italian film production company, Albedo Production, in honor of Pavarotti, who died in 2007 at the age of 71. Screenings of his performances that have not yet aired in the United States will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro.
Pavarotti’s 43-year career included 15 Grammy nominations, five wins and two Guinness World Records. He received 165 curtain calls and clapped for 67 minutes after singing the role of peasant Nemorino in the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 1988 production of “L’elisir d’amore.” His 1990 Three Tenors concert with José Carreras and Plácido Domingo sold 10.5 million albums, the most for a classical recording.
Born in Modena, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, on October 12, 1935, Pavarotti was introduced to music by his father, an opera lover and tenor in the municipal theater choir. The young Pavarotti began his career in the choir.
According to a biography on his foundation’s website, Pavarotti had studied to become a teacher, but his musical ambitions were ignited when the choir won first prize in an international competition in Llangollen, Wales.
Pavarotti’s first success dates back to 1961, when he won an international competition. His first major breakthrough in the United States came in 1972 in a production of “Le Fille du Régiment” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His rendition of the piece’s signature tune drew a record 17 encores.
Pavarotti was also known for his humanitarian efforts. In 1992 he created the Pavarotti & Friends event, an annual all-star concert in Modena. All profits from its 10 editions have been donated to child victims of wars and civil conflicts in Bosnia, Liberia, Guatemala, Kosovo, Cambodia, Tibet and Afghanistan.
In 2001, Pavarotti received the Nansen Refugee Award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for donating more money to the cause than any other private person. He was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in 1998 for his creative achievements and philanthropic work.