Opera For The Masses

Luciano Pavarotti and Enrique Iglesias? Surely you jest...

Sometime in September, the prestigious opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti, held a charity concert for Colombia and Tibet with the likes of several famous Grammy award-winning artists. The concert was an undoubted success and its legacy has been preserved for all posterity and the benefit of the masses.

Unlike the other two famous tenors, Pavarotti has managed to cross over and experiment with his own genre, thereby expanding his horizons and giving new impetus to classical and pop artists. The artists included pop icon Enrique Iglesias, whose overnight trip to fame is showcased by his chart-topping track "Be With You" and "Celito Lindo". Other artists like Skunk Anasie and Aqua also come together to deliver the very best in home entertainment with their own entourage of music and style. George Michael's "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" is a brilliant fusion of classic pop and opera and is sure to light up your living room.

While many of the tracks have been added to the playlist totally unmolested, Pavarotti also makes his intentions clear when he duets with Enrique. The reason for the success of this album is this apparent universality and the fact that it's been structured for the consumption of a wide audience.

This article was first published on 27 Mar 2001.