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Sep 18 2005

Luciano Pavarotti - Farewell Tour

263pavarottifarewell.jpgLast night we attended Luciano Pavarotti's Farewell Tour performance at the Tulsa Mabee Center. Even for a non-opera fan like myself, I must say that it was absolutely amazing!

264pavarottiticket.jpgThe program consisted of eleven songs, an intermission and ten more songs followed by three encores. The main program included eleven Pavarotti solos, two duets with Cynthia Lawrence, six Lawrence solos and two of the Tulsa City Orchestra* by itself. Several of the evening's performances were immediately recognizable, many were vaguely familiar and all were incredibly performed.266pavarottisign.jpg

Tulsa was the first of just three American cities on Pavarotti's forty-city Farewell Tour around the world after which he will permanently retire. From here he will go to the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California, and then the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida.

265pavarottiopenarms.jpg[*Interestingly, the program credited the "Tulsa City Orchestra" but that phrase does not appear on any internet search engine. The well known Tulsa Philharmonic, Oklahoma's last full-time orchestra, ceased operations on September 12, 2002, due to financial problems which have similarly plagued orchestras around the country.]

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  1. How cool to get to have seen such history!

  2. #2
    sheri neubauer said on September 20, 2005 | Reply


    I am a violinist from the Former Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra you heard on Saturday September 17, 2005 was made up of 98% of the Musicians from the former Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. We can not use the name Philharmonic since the orchestra closed down in 2002. That is why the name Tulsa City Orchestra was used for the Pavarotti Farewell Tour Concert in Tulsa.
    Since the demise of the Tulsa Philharmonic we have been playing for Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Light Opera of Oklahoma.
    The Pavarotti Concert proved that it is indeed possible for Tulsa to rebuild its world class symphony. We are asking people to write to the two city leaders below and voice your support of the Former Musicians of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Below is the address of the Mayor Bill LaFortune and Ken Busby CEO, Executive Director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.
    Please send your letters of concern to both of the leaders listed.

    Mayor Bill LaFortune
    200 Civic Center
    Tulsa, OK 74103

    Ken Busby CEO, Executive Director
    2210 South Main
    Tulsa, OK 74114

    If you would like to volunteer or support this endeavor, please write to:
    Rebuilding Tulsa's Professional Orchestra
    2210 South Main
    Tulsa, OK 74114
    or leave a message at 592-1559

    Thank you
    Sheri Neubauer - Violinist - Former Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra

  3. #3
    Christina said on April 16, 2006 | Reply

    Hi there, i am going to see Pavorotti's farwell tour when it comes to Toronto June 6th and am searching to find a list of the program so i can research the songs first. Other operas i have gone to see i knew the story line ahead of time which allows the music to have a much bigger impact when you listen. Would you beable to tell me more about the scores he performed?

  4. #4
    Don said on May 1, 2006 | Reply

    The program for the evening was as follows (LP=Luciano Pavarotti, CL=Cynthia Lawrence):

    1. La serenata, Tosti, LP
    2. Non t'ami piu, Tosti, LP
    3. Malia, Tosti, LP
    4. Vaga luna che inargenti, Bellini, CL
    5. Vanne, o rosa fortunata, Bellini, CL
    6. Dolente immagine di Fille mia, Bellini, LP
    7. Malinconia, Ninfa gentile, Bellini, LP
    8. Intermezzo, Mascagni from Cavallera Rusticana, Orchestra
    9. Che gelida manina, Puccini, LP
    10. Si, mi chiamano Mimi, puccini, CL
    11. O soave fanciulla, Puccini from la Boheme, LP & CL
    - Intermission -
    12. Recondita armonia, Puccini from Tosca, LP
    13. Vissi d'arte, Puccini from Tosca, CL
    14. E lucevan le stelle, Puccini from Tosca, LP
    15. Intermezzo, Mascagni from L'amico Fritz, Orchestra
    16. Suzel, buon di, Mascagni from L'amico Fritz, LP & CL
    17. Vilja's Song, Lehar from The Merry Widow, CL
    18. La Luce Langue, Verdi from Macbeth, CL
    19. Chitarra Romana, Di Lazzaro, LP
    20. La mia canzone al vento, Bixio, LP
    21. Mattinata, Leoncavallo, LP

  5. #5
    Christina said on May 2, 2006 | Reply

    This is great, thank you for your generosity!

  6. #6
    JIM said on June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hello dear friends!I would like to ask you if you have any of these concerts farewell of Pavarotti in record-private tape?Thanks!PLEASE ANSWER TO ME!

  7. #7
    Don replied to JIM on June 24, 2010 | Reply

    Jim, I'm not a fan of illegal music trading so I've only allowed your request because your email address is hidden so no one can actually contact you to give you a copy. I must add that there is no possibly way a surreptitious illegal recording could possibly compete with a professional commercial recording in this case. Pavarotti ain't the Grateful Dead.

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