Pavarotti (2019), by Ron Howard – Review

A good documentary that we advise for all lovers of tenor and opera.

The versatile Ron Howard, whose signature is stamped on films like Apollo XIII (nineteen ninety five), An amazing mind (2001), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The challenge: Frost against Nixon (2008) or Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, is launched again to the filming of a new documentary: Pavarotti. I make a small paragraph to remind you that Howard is not new in this field, since in 2013 he introduced us Made in america, a report about the music festival of the same name created by New York rapper Jay-Z and, in 2016, he told us about the musical capacity, decision making, his relationship and launching of the most famous quartet in the world in The Beatles: Eight Days a Week-The Touring Years.

To explain the character of Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), Howard and his team, launches the networks until the beginning of his career with an overflowing treasure of images, recordings, files and much more, which he has complemented with interviews with family and collaborators The quintessential Italian tenor, who put more effort into popularizing opera in the second half of the twentieth century, with his jovial attitude, unsurpassed voice and kindness, broke the barriers of his own discipline to become a celebrity for the general public . Not in vain is considered one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, with permission from Caruso who dominated the first half of the century.

Howard's networks extend from a boy named Luciano, who was born with World War II and, as a teenager, began his singing career in the church accompanying his father but, a nervous problem, kept him away from the stage. The same happened to Pavarotti. The recognition came in 1963. For the strictest opera lovers, there are discussions about the very important ability of tenors to reliably reach the highest notes, noting that the natural voice of a man is a baritone (no a tenor) so being able to negotiate the upper octaves is a relatively unusual talent, which must be cultivated with the study noted.

To explain the character of Pavarotti, Howard and his team launch the networks until the beginning of their career with an overflowing treasure of images, recordings, files and much more.

The film takes us to the main theaters in the world, mainly its legendary association with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, where Herbert Breslin booked him appearances in the great television programs of the moment. The rise of Pavarotti was not meteoric, but a constant slide to the top. For a long time he was photographed next to his wife and three daughters, but when he made a road tour with Madelyn Renee (soprano) they established a relationship that destroyed his image a bit. The real scandal was when he met and married Nicolette Mantoviani (thirty-four years younger than him) and had a son with her.

Anyway, Howard is not primed at all but, with total impartiality, leaves the spectators totally free before the elections he made, maintaining the identity of Luciano Pavarotti as a singer, offering a broad testimony of how that voice sprouted enthusiastically and tragic, shaken by spiritual pain.

A good documentary that we advise for all lovers of tenor and opera itself.


Synopsis Documentary about the life and career of the legendary Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), one of the best tenors of all time.
country United Kingdom
Direction Ron Howard
Script Cassidy Hartmann, Mark Monroe
Music Ric Markmann, Matter Music, Dan Pinnella, Chris Wagner
Photography Michael Dwyer
Gender Documentary film
Duration 114 min.
Original title Pavarotti
Premiere 01/10/2019

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