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Three tenors plan 5 stops on world tour


October 11, 1995
Web posted at: 10:55 p.m. EDT

CNN Interview Transcript

Opera stars Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras announced a worldwide tour Wednesday. The three tenors, who in recent years have gained international acclaim for their television special, will fashion their repertoire to their audiences.

The text of their interview with CNN anchors Joie Chen and Leon Harris follows.

anchors JOIE CHEN, anchor: Well, if you enjoy opera - and I know somewhere my mother is listening to this now, so she should be very excited about this -- we have something of a treat for my mother and other opera fans this morning.

HARRIS, anchor: That's right. This is more than just a treat. This is really something special. Three of the worlds most renowned tenors joining us now from Munich, Germany.

CHEN: And that is where they have just announced the "Three Tenors World Tour," scheduled for next year and into 1997. Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti plan a tour for just five cities in the world.

(All reply "Good morning" in unison)

PLACIDO DOMINGO: I'm fine, thank you.

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI: Very well, thank you.

CHEN: They are in harmony already.

HARRIS: Already. I tell you, now, for the benefit of our audience, who is not there in Munich this morning as are you, give us the tour that you announced this morning. Which cities are you going to be going to?

CARRERAS: Well, we are going to Tokyo. We are going to London. We are going to New York, Munich and Melbourne, in Australia.

CHEN: Now, let me go to Mr. Domingo. You know, to go to New York -- you are going to Giants Stadium, a big sporting arena. Is there any relationship using this kind of an arena for an event of this nature?

DOMINGO: We have been lately doing big concerts and, you know, and of course the '94 concert was at Dodger Stadium, so we really enjoyed very much singing to the big crowds. The reaction was extraordinary and the sound was really arriving to everybody and they really feel like they were in the intimacy of, you know, your living room. That was the reaction of the public. So, this time we are ready to go also in the big stadiums and I am hoping that the three together will have as much enjoyment in this occasion with Maestro Levine, which is, of course, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera and we're looking forward tremendously.

HARRIS: Now, many people have seen the re-broadcast of that particular concert. They think more than one billion people have seen that show. Luciano, I have to ask you, did you really imagine that you would have -- that you three -- would enjoy this much success from this venture?

Pavarotti PAVAROTTI: Not when we begin in 1990 for the first concert on Rome. But I did have a very clear impression that we were going in the right side and in America, in Los Angeles, I think it was a kind of feeling that we were reaching some people. (418K AIFF sound or 418K WAV sound) Of course, the full house there for 40 and 55,000 people, but more than everything the billion and a half on the television. That was, for me, a little unexpected. Even if I did have experience in China for 300,000 -- for 300 million people, but China is one billion and 500 people alone. So, we were a little surprised, but I am sure I am talking for them too, but not so much. To sing in the arena is not such a big difference to singing in New York --

HARRIS: Really?

PAVAROTTI: -- big different for the other places. In New York, myself, I have sung for a million people in the park I am sure. Everybody did hear very well, so we are confident.

CHEN: That's a good thing to hear. Mr. Carreras, I want to ask you, is it possible that when you come to America, when you use a very large venue like this, that you're trying to appeal to Americans who might not understand or appreciate opera as much as you might like them to, or do you think you might need to approach them with more popular type of music?

CARRERAS: Well, Americans, they have an incredible operatic tradition, the Metropolitan Opera House is -- if not the most prestigious -- one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world for over 100 years. All the greatest artists have been performing there in the last 100 years. But I think these type of concerts, they are addressed to much general type of audience. We are probably reaching a different type of social issue and people --

CHEN: Now, some people would be concerned about that. Some people would say that perhaps you're appealing to the wrong sort of audience. Maybe you're "selling out," as they say?

carreras CARRERAS: Yeah. But the problem is that opera has been often accused of being elitist and the same people that accuse opera of being elitist are the ones that complain what we do that in a very social, large social scale. So, I think what is important is that this type of music reaches as much people as possible and the audience has the possibility to choose today to want to go on hearing and enjoying this type of music. (298K AIFF sound or 298K WAV sound)

HARRIS: All right. Then, tell us then, Placido, which kind of choices are we going to have? What -- give us an idea of the selection of music that you are going to be performing?

DOMINGO: Well, we are here exactly today to decide those things. We are really trying, of course, we are opera singers and there's no doubt that we are going to be singing opera but we have to -- first of all, our selections will be the most popular arias and also what the public really loves to hear is the three together. You know, we spent our years, you know, I mean, doing performances at the Metropolitan Opera. I mean, I'm singing this week there Othello, am in, you know, (unintelligible) in Vienna, in Convent Garden. In all the opera houses we have enough time, enough performances to give to the public, you know, the most -- even the most demanding public -- all the kind of repertoire. And in this occasion, we will be singing, of course, songs. We will be singing medleys where the public can hear the three together, which that's the --

CHEN: Speaking of hearing the three together, we cannot miss out on this opportunity to have the three great tenors together. Perhaps you would honor us with a little bit of a melody together?

HARRIS: Just a little? Just a little, please?

PAVAROTTI: Pardon me?

HARRIS: Would you favor us with just a little piece you may be performing? Can we hear some of the three tenors this morning? (318K AIFF sound or 318K WAV sound)

DOMINGO: Can we sing a little of what we will do when we'll be performing?

PAVAROTTI: Are you joking?

CARRERAS: Are you joking?

PAVAROTTI: No. No. It's a secret until tomorrow.

DOMINGO: I have to sing Othello Friday in New York, you know? So, I have to keep my voice.

HARRIS: All right. We'll let you off the hook this time.

CHEN: Well, gentlemen, thank you very much. We're greatly honored.

HARRIS: Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, best of luck to you. Thank you very much.

PAVAROTTI: Thank you, bye-bye.

CARRERAS: Thank you.

DOMINGO: Thank you.

PAVAROTTI: Bye bye bye bye bye.

CHEN: Well, we did try to get them to sing.

HARRIS: I know. We tried, we tried.

CHEN: Maybe you would honor us with a song?

HARRIS: Are you kidding? How about this? We'll take a break. Back in a moment.

CHEN: Not much of a melody.

HARRIS: Best I can do.

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