Puccini: La Bohème - Pavarotti (operatic debut), Pellegrini, Mattiola, Bellesia, Nabokov; Molinari-Pradelli. Reggio Emilia, 1961


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  • This performance documents history in the making, with Luciano Pavarotti making his operatic debut at the age of 25. Even at such a tender age, he already had his distinctive sound as well as his glorious top.
  • The rest of the cast is very good, particularly the Mimì of Alberta Pellegrini.
  • Previous versions of this recording were not pitched correctly. I have corrected the issue in this remaster.


  • The sound is not ideal but still offers an excellent glimpse at a young Pavarotti.

In Mono


OD 11630-2