The Three Tenors Sing To Glorify Soccer - and To Celebrate Opera as A Popular Music Form

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The Three Tenors Sing To Glorify Soccer - and To Celebrate Opera as A Popular Music Form

"It's not opera; it's not a pop concert; it's not Broadway. It's all of these and none of them," noted an American music critic referring to the famed Three Tenors' performance. The renowned singers, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, visit Seoul next week for a concert celebrating the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. This will be the trio's first concert in Korea.

The three tenors, all enthusiastic soccer fans since childhood, have been performing for World Cup games and events for more than 10 years. Their first performance was in 1990 at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome for the final match of the World Cup. It was also an occasion to celebrate Mr. Carreras's return to the music industry after successfully battling leukemia.

Jose Carreras debuted in 1975, and quickly began appearing at the world's big-name opera houses, such as London's Royal Opera House and the New York Metropolitan Opera House. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, and includes "La Boheme," "Tosca" and "Carmen."

A singer and a conductor, Placido Domingo has appeared in 111 different roles and released 100 recordings.

Luciano Pavarotti, perhaps the highest profile tenor in the group, appears constantly on international stages and television broadcasts and in movies. His celebrity status has changed the popular view of opera. Singers can now aspire to the star status achieved by those in more low-brow art forms.

During the 1994 World Cup finals in LA, the Tenors sang for an audience of 60,000 in Dodger Stadium, appearing with other celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Four years later, the group held a free concert at the Champs de Mars in Paris when France was selected as a host city for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

The trio invited Maestro James Levine, the world-renowned conductor who led France's prestigious l'Orchestre de Paris to collaborate with them. This drew even more media attention to their performances.

Their Seoul concert will be held in Chamsil Olympic Stadium at June 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Tenors will then travel to Beijing. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won ($39) to 250,000 won. Student tickets are 20,000 won with valid student identification. For inquiries in English, call 02-368-1515 after 2 p.m.

by Park Soo-mee

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