On the evening of July 7, 1990. a full moon graced the shadowy ruins of Rome’s ancient Baths of Caracalla. The week
had been exciting and festive for the host city of the 1990 World Cup. the international soccer championship
competition. But on this particular night, more than 6. 000 people from all over the world gathered at the Baths in
anticipation of another event-the closing concert of the competition which promised an extraordinary musical
Two hundred musicians from the orchestras of the Rome Opera and the Florence May Festival came onto the stage. Moments
later, they were joined by Zubin Mehta, the distinguished conductor who has been music director at both the Los
Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, and who is music director for life at the Israel Philharmonic.
Mehta welcomed, in turn. Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Payarottithree of the world’s greatest living
tenors-for an evening of arias and songs.
The coming together of these three tenors was. itself, a touching triumph. Only the year before, Carreras, recovering
from leukemia, persuaded Pavarotti and Domingo to sing on the same stage-something they said they would never do. Now,
for the first time, all three would share a stage to perform and record works by Puccini. Verdi and others.
The finale of the concert brought Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti together to sing a 21-minute medley ranging from
Broadway hits to classics, including “Maria” and “Tonight” from West Side Story; “Memory” from Cats; “La
Vie en rose”; “Wien, Wien, nur du allein”; and “Amapola. ” Mehta and the three tenors gratified the delighted crowd
with two encores, “O sole mio” and “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot.
London Records recorded the concert that evening and, only weeks after its release, worldwide sales brought the
recording gold status. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences named the recording a 1991 Grammy Award
winner. The television broadcast of this unique concert now has been seen across the world, and has become a special
favorite of public television audiences throughout the nation since its debut earlier this year.
A VHS cassette of the highly acclaimed concert performance is available to Channel 13 members for a membership renewal
Viewers can receive the recording, Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti in Concert With Zubin Mehta, on audio cassette
for a renewal of $60 or the compact disc for a renewal of $120. To renew your membership by phone, call (214)