Unreleased Pavarotti and Bono Duet Available Today!

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-05-22)

Bono and Pavarotti performed together in 2003 at a concert in Italy in aid of Iraqi refugees, the SOS Iraq Benefit. They performed “Miserere,” joined by Zucchero, and Bono also performed on “Ave Maria” with Pavarotti, and later sang “One.” Sixteen years later the performance of Bono and Pavarotti on “Ave Maria” is now being released as part of the soundtrack to the new Ron Howard directed documentary, Pavarotti. The song has never been commercially released before in its original form. The song is now available on streaming services and can be downloaded instantly when purchasing the album as a pre-order on many services. The soundtrack will also contain the previously released live version of “Miss Sarajevo” featuring Bono, The Edge, and Brian Eno, recorded at the 1995 Pavarotti and Friends concert. The album will also feature a performance of “Miserere” with Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero, a song that was co-written by Bono.

In 2005, a remixed version of “Ave Maria” featuring Pavarotti and Bono was released as a B-Side to the single, “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own“. This is not that remix by Jacknife Lee. This newly released track is the original recording of the song as it was performed in concert. It is a live recording of that performance.

The song can be heard now on Spotify and Apple now. The track runs 04:02 in length. We will update our discography shortly with these new tracks.

The full track listing on the soundtrack includes the following tracks:

  • Turandot: “Nessun dorma!” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Zubin Mehta
  • Voce ‘e notte – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • La fille du régiment: “Pour mon âme quel destin” – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Richard Bonynge
  • L’elisir d’amore: “Una furtiva lagrima” – Luciano Pavarotti, English Chamber Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
  • Aida: “Celeste Aida” – Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Volksopernorchester & Leone Magiera
  • Me voglio fa’ ‘na casa (Arr. Chiaramello) – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Anton Guadagno
  • Rigoletto: “Questa o quella” – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Sir Edward Downes
  • Rigoletto: “La donna è mobile” – Luciano Pavarotti, London Symphony Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
  • La Bohème: “O soave fanciulla” – Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
  • Tosca: “E lucevan le stelle” – Luciano Pavarotti, The National Philharmonic Orchestra & Nicola Rescigno
  • Pagliacci: “Vesti la giubba” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Riccardo Muti
  • Silenzio cantatore – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • ‘A vucchella (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti & John Wustman
  • La traviata: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (Brindisi) – Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, The London Opera Chorus, The National Philharmonic Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
  • ‘O sole mio (Live) – José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Rome Opera House, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Zubin Mehta
  • Manon Lescaut: “Donna non vidi mai” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, Philharmonia Orchestra & Leone Magiera
  • Miss Sarajevo (Live) – Brian Eno, Bono, The Edge, Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Torino & Michael Kamen
  • Pietà, Signore (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti & John Wustman
  • Turandot: “Nessun dorma!” (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra of the Rome Opera House, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Zubin Mehta
  • Ave Maria, dolce Maria (Arr. Chiaramello) [Live] – Luciano Pavarotti, Andreas Vollenweider, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna & Leone Magiera
  • Miserere (Live) – Andrea Bocelli & Zucchero
  • Ave Maria, D. 839 (Live) – Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & Leone Magiera

The full album is being released on Decca Music on June 7, 2019. It will be released in digital formats for purchases online and streaming, as well as in CD format. A vinyl format is not expected. The film itself, Pavarotti, directed by Ron Howard will be released on the same day, and from trailers we know that Bono will make an appearance in the film as well.

A second release from Pavarotti that same day is titled Pavarotti’s Greatest Hits and features the studio version of “Miss Sarajevo” done under the band name Passengers, with U2 and Brian Eno. This is the radio edit version of the song at 4:32 in length. That compilation will also feature the Bono co-written track as performed by Zucchero and Pavarotti, a live version of the song at 04:16 in length.

The full press release for the album is as follows:

On June 7, in conjunction with the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Ron Howard-directed documentary “Pavarotti,” Decca Records will release the original soundtrack, Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture, as well as a new 3-CD best of collection titled Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMe. Pre-order Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture HERE and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits HERE.

The complementary releases both feature previously unreleased music and superstar duets with the likes of Bono, Elton John, James Brown, Lou Reed, and more.

Pavarotti: Music from the Motion Picture draws from Pavarotti’s rich recorded catalog and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas such as “Turandot,” “La bohème,” “Aida,” “Tosca” and more as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras (”‘O sole mio,” “Nessun dorma”), U2, Brian Eno, Passengers (“Miss Sarajevo”), and others. Touchingly, the complete recording of Puccini’s “Donna non vidi mai,” which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included. In addition to a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli, the soundtrack also features Pavarotti’s duet of “Ave Maria” with Bono, available for the first time commercially. The song, recorded live during the 2003 “Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq” benefit concert in Modena, Italy, is available now for streaming and as an instant grat download with digital pre-order.

Pavarotti’s incredible repertoire can be explored in further depth with the new three-disc/digital best of collection, Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, which serves as a companion to the soundtrack and film. The anthology features 67 of the world-renowned tenor’s most well-known recordings and collaborations and includes the best of his “Opera Arias,” “Italian Songs & Sacred Arias” and “Great Duets.” Fittingly opening with his iconic performance of “Nessun dorma,” the “Opera Arias” disc spans the opera legend’s entire career and includes beloved performances from “La bohéme,” “Rigoletto,” “Pagliacci,” “Tosca,” “Carmen” and “Madama Butterfly.” More than 20 of Pavarotti’s most powerful works including “O Sole Mio,” “Caruso,” “Volare,” “O Holy Night,” “Mama” and “Funiculì, funiculà” are collected together on “Italian Songs & Sacred Arias.”

The set is rounded out with a series of “Great Duets” that showcases The People’s Tenor performing captivating duets with a who’s who of musical superstars, including Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and more. Exclusive to the album are five previously unreleased duets with some of the biggest names in music: Barry White, James Brown, Lou Reed, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Sting. Having recently been unearthed and remastered, these tracks, recorded live at the “Pavarotti & Friends” concerts, the series of star-studded benefit performances hosted by Pavarotti in his home town of Modena, Italy between 1992 and 2003, provide a poignant reminder of Pavarotti’s compassion, humanity and enduring relationships with so many comparable stars from the world of popular entertainment. Never before, or since, has an operatic superstar made such an impact. That was the special genius of Pavarotti.

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