Burbank, CA - April 8, 2013 -KCET invites viewers to celebrate the life of legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti in the once-in-a-lifetime concert special Pavarotti in Central Park, airing Wednesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. This 90-minute program is hosted by renowned opera singer and KCET's Open Call host, Suzanna Guzmán, accompanied by in-studio guests, mezzo-sopranos Gloria Lane and Cynthia Munzer.
Before an audience of 500,000 adoring fans, and backed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavarotti dazzles the crowd with a virtuoso concert of some of the greatest opera arias of all time. Recorded live in New York City's Central Park on June 26, 1993, this special features Pavarotti's performances of "Quando le sere al placido" from Verdi's Luisa Miller; "Fra poco a me ricovero" from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor; "Il lamento di Federico" from Cilea's L'arlesiana; and "Occi de fata" by Donza.
Throughout the special, KCET will also offer several premier pairs of reduced priced tickets to LA Opera's performance of Tosca on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.laopera.com for more details.
The program repeats with an encore presentation at 9:30 p.m.; Friday, April 12 at 12 p.m.; and Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. with an encore presentation at 9:30 p.m.
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