‘Three Tenors’ could sing again for 2006 World Cup
ROME (Reuters) – “The Three Tenors” could join up again to mark the 2006 Football World Cup in Germany, 16 years after they brought opera to the masses with their first concert at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome.
Placido Domingo, at a news conference on Friday to mark his return to the famous Roman venue, said he, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras could sing together again.
“We have difficulty finding a time when we can all be together … But it’s always been linked to football — 2006 has been mentioned, so let’s see,” the maestro told a room packed with journalists close to Rome’s Piazza Campidoglio.
Opera and football first teamed up in the “Three Tenors” concert on the eve of the 1990 World Cup final at the Terme di Caracalla, the ruins of the public baths of ancient Rome.
The event was broadcast around the world and the tenors’ performance of “O, Sole Mio” and “Nessun Dorma” brought opera to a new audience of millions. Sales of recordings broke classical music records.
Domingo at the time said opera and football were a winning combination because they were the most universal things in the world.
The three tenors have since sung around the world, but it was thought they may never perform together again because Pavarotti has said he wants to retire.
Domingo’s return to Rome marks the reopening of the Terme di Caracalla for operatic performances. The Spanish maestro will direct Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the 7,000-seat venue in a run beginning on July 23.
The Terme di Caracalla was shut more than a decade ago due to fears that large concerts could damage the site, but Rome’s head of archeological ruins has given the go-ahead to reopening the venue for music.