August 9, 2022
James Conlon Summer Newsletter

On Wednesday, August 24, the Hollywood Walk of Fame will unveil a star for legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, launching a two-day-long celebration. James Conlon, LA Opera’s Music Director and a leading figure on the Los Angeles classical music scene, will take part in the unveiling ceremony and deliver a talk reflecting on his long, personal and professional relationship with the singer–one that began when Conlon first conducted him in the now-iconic 1978 production of Tosca at the Met. The unveiling ceremony will be broadcast live at 11:30 a.m. PT on walkoffame.com.

That same evening, at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica at 8:00 p.m. PT, Conlon will host and curate an event that includes screenings of two historic Pavarotti performances, both seen for the first time U.S.: a 1983 La Scala recital and a 1970 performance of Verdi's Messa da Requiem with the Rai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado at the Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. The event will also feature the premiere of a short film by director Gianluigi Toccafondo, “Luciano Pavarotti: the Star."

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