30 years the first concert of the three tenors
30 years the first concert of the three tenors

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July 8, 1990, in the Olympic Stadium of Rome , the selections of Germany and Argentina contested the final of the Football World. is Diego Armando Maradona, Lothar Matthäus, Jürgen Klinsmann and Sergio Goycochea were part of the lineups of the two teams and played a match to forget. A few hours before, however, the baths of Caracalla were witnesses of a concert up to then unique, and it is unforgettable. In the alignment, three of the greatest tenors of the history: José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti , with Zubin Mehta to the front of an orchestra of one hundred and eighty-six musicians (made up of the sets for the Rome Opera and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino).

Nearly half a hundred televisions offered the live concert, and other sixty-eight did so on a deferred basis, such was the excitement that woke up the concert, pompously titled “Concert for Europe”, and whose original idea was the producer Mario Dradi . For José Carreras was particularly emotional; it was very little time that she had returned to the stage after overcoming leukaemia. Precisely the funds were allocated to the foundation that the tenor of barcelona created to fight against this disease.

The three tenors -the “stradivarius of the gola”, as defined by Zubin Mehta – are alternated with several of the best arias of the operatic repertoire, tenor: “Lamento de Federico”, “L Arlesiana”, Cilea; “O Paradiso,” from “The African”, by Meyerbeer; “Recondita Armonia” and “E lucevan le stelle” from “Tosca•, Puccini’s “Un di all azzurro spazio”, of “Andrea Chenier”, by Giordano; and “Nessun Dorma” from “Turandot”, Puccini (who returned to sing three together to finish off the evening) . Next to them, several popular songs, such as “Granada”, by Agustín Lara, and “O sole mio”, Di Capua, and a romanza from a zarzuela, sung by Plácido Domingo: “can’t be”, from “La tabernera del puerto”, Sorozábal.

the success of The concert and the profits obtained from the sale in compact disc and video of your recording-the album is the album of classical music’s best-selling the story-made a clever producer, the Hungarian Tibor Rudas , stay with the brand. The formula was repeated four years later, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, as a prologue to the final of the World Football united States -50.ooo spectators, who paid up to $ 1,000 for his seat, and more than a thousand millions of viewers through television; and in the two following Championships, France, in 1988, with a concert on the champ de Mars in Paris on the 10th of July; and that of Japan and Korea, in 2002, that took place in the Yokohama Stadium in Tokyo on 27 June. In these two, James Levine took the baton of Zubin Mehta in front of the orchestra.

What was to be a unique event became, in the hand of Tibor Rudas, a rentabilísima tour, with thirty concerts between 1996 and 2003. It was mentioned that each of the singers and the director charged for each of the concerts a million dollars. But it is estimated that only in the year 2000 the profits for the concerts surpassed one billion dollars.

The three tenors, became an authentic mass phenomenon and were heavily criticized by the fans of classical music, who believed that the formula fuel actually reduced the opera. The tour was developed mainly in stadiums and big venues (from Wembley, in London, to the Olympic stadium of Munich, passing the Nou Camp in barcelona or the Forbidden City in Beijing. But also ended up in the scenarios operatic as the Teatro Real, madrid (Plácido Domingo, persuaded his two companions to offer together the traditional tribute to the King Juan Carlos in January, on the occasion of his birthday) or the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Were, a total of 33 concerts, which were developed in 16 countries: Italy, France, Japan, united States, Austria, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Australia, south Africa, Brazil, Korea, China, United Kingdom.

The formula you created school, and to the root of the success of José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti emerged numerous groups that have tried their luck: The Irish Tenors, the Tenors, the Canadian, The ten Tenors, The Three Sopranos, The Three Contratenores, The Three Tenors Chinese, The Three Terrors… and their ramifications: Il Divo, Il Volo… In 2001, Manuel Gómez Pereira directed a film, “out of tune”, distantly inspired by the three tenors, with Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton and Danny Aiello as protagonists.