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Pavarotti To Sing Puccini at Met

November 24, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fresh from his successful 30th anniversary gala, Luciano Pavarotti has agreed to sing three performances of Puccini’s ``Tosca″ at the Metropolitan Opera later this season.

Met general manager Joseph Volpe announced Tuesday that the 63-year-old tenor would appear as the painter Cavaradossi on March 16, 20, and 26.

Pavarotti, whose performances invariably sell out, was to have sung the role three times earlier this month but canceled because he was still recuperating from hip and knee replacement surgery. He was replaced by Richard Leech _ and now it is Leech who will be replaced in March by Pavarotti.

The Italian superstar, considerably slimmed down and sounding in surprisingly sturdy voice, sang fully staged acts from three different operas at Sunday’s gala.

At the time, he had no future commitments for staged opera performances at the Met or anywhere else, but apparently he was heartened enough by his reception to sign a contract.

``I am delighted that Luciano Pavarotti is now able to resume his operatic career,″ Volpe said.

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