Photo Credit: Nathanson’s Photography Magic happened on stage Friday night when legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli and renowned soprano Renée Fleming performed together for the first time ever on stage in honor of the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the Remembering Pavarotti benefit in LA.
The two songbirds headlined a spectacular benefit concert and gala dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center on Friday, September 25 celebrating the life and legacy of Pavarotti, the most outstanding tenor of his day, who died tragically of pancreatic cancer in 2007.
The special evening featured the pair performing iconic arias, duets and classic songs with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra conducted by Eugene Kohn, as well as a surprise guest performance by Plácido Domingo.
Highlights of the evening, chaired by Dr. William Isacoff and Barry Tucker, were the screening of a video of Richard Tucker and Luciano Pavarotti singing together and was introduced by Plácido Domingo, who later returned for a surprise encore performance of composer Ernesto De Curtis’“Non di scordar di me” with Andrea Bocelli and Renée Fleming.
The concert was produced by Barry Tucker, President of the Richard Tucker Foundation. A gala dinner chaired by Goldie Hawn, Steve Kaplan and Ogden Phipps, III, followed the concert.
Funds raised by the William H. Isacoff, M.D. Research Foundation for Gastrointestinal Cancer will be directed toward pancreatic cancer research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where leading-edge research in the Gene Expression Laboratory, led by Dr. Ronald M. Evans, is yielding promise for treatments for the lethal disease.