'King' Pavarotti Subject of a New Biography

Pavarotti Arias

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Listen: "Sonnambula" from Bellini's 'La Sonnambula' (with Joan Sutherland)

Luciano Pavarotti's former manager, Herbert Breslin, and classical music critic Anne Midgette have written The King and I, a biography of the legendary tenor. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to the authors about Pavarotti's life and music.

Luciano Pavarotti

hide captionDetail from the book cover of 'The King & I' by Herbert Breslin and Anne Midgette.

Now 69, Pavarotti has said he will retire within the next year. He has plans to teach voice in his hometown of Modena, Italy.

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