Pavarotti Tribute Will Be In Jordan

U.K. promoter Harvey Goldsmith was in Italy Sept. 16 for the promotional launch of a Luciano Pavarotti Tribute Concert to be held in Jordan next month.

It will be Oct. 12, which would have been the opera tenor’s 73rd birthday, at the ancient red rock city of Petra, a World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The launch was held at the Milan HQ of TV broadcaster Mediaset, which will broadcast the concert in Italy and Spain.

Goldsmith, who promoted more than 70 Pavarotti performances, including the famous concert in London’s Hyde Park in the summer of 1991, has picked an all-star cast from among the world-famous tenor’s musical associates and friends.

The bill includes Andrea Bocelli, Jovanotti, Cynthia Lawrence, Laura Pausini, Sting, Andrea Griminelli and Zucchero.

“He mixed freely in the classical as well as the rock and pop worlds and was loved by all,” Goldsmith told Pollstar at the time of Pavarotti’s death. The promoter looks to have made a point of inviting artists that reflect the singer’s ability to work with and enjoy the company of artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds.

“A concert in Petra was a dream once shared by the late King Hussein of Jordan and Luciano,” said Nicoletta Mantovani, Pavarotti’s wife.

Along with HRH Princess Haya, the late king’s daughter and a United Nations Messenger Of Peace, she decided to try to stage a tribute concert at the historic archaeological site.

The Jordanian government very rarely gives permission for events to be held at Petra, but made an exception because of Pavarotti’s iconic status in the music world and the special relationship he had with the country’s royal family.

The concert, which comes a little more than a year after the singer died of cancer, will be preceded by a memorial ceremony at Petra a day earlier.

It’s expected to be attended by UN ambassadors, Jordanian and Italian diplomats, international artists, Pavarotti’s friends and family, and the Jordanian royals.