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Pavarotti in ‘La Boheme’

June 6, 2010 |  7:18 am

June 6, 1980, Pavarotti

June 6, 1980, Pavarotti 

June 6, 1980: With the skill of a surgeon, Martin Bernheimer dissects a performance by operatic sensation Luciano Pavarotti (d. 2007). “He conquered. He came. He sang. In that order,” Bernheimer says.

Notice that in return for agreeing to use a dress rehearsal as a preview, Pavarotti demanded that protege Madelyn Renee replace Diana Soviero as Mimi for one performance. Soviero was understandably upset and told Bernheimer: "I hope I never see San Diego again.”

Oct. 14, 1897, La Boheme

You knew “La Boheme” had its U.S. premiere in Los Angeles, right?  (Oct. 14, 1897).

June 6, 1980, Blue Lagoon  

“The Blue Lagoon” premieres. Brooke Shields got a Razzie for this stinker.

June 6, 1980, Pavarotti

June 6, 1980, Pavarotti