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Pavarotti Has Dizzy Spell

January 26, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Luciano Pavarotti was resting at home Monday after experiencing a dizzy spell during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera over the weekend.

Pavarotti, 62, had a sudden spike in his blood pressure Sunday while singing the final number in the first act of Verdi’s ``Luisa Miller,″ said his manager, Herbert Breslin.

Pavarotti’s voice faded a bit, but he appeared to have regained his strength by the end of the piece.

Joseph Volpe, general manager of the Met, told the audience that Pavarotti had ``experienced an episode of light-headedness.″

``He feels he can continue,″ Volpe said. ``I will not allow it.″

By the time Pavarotti reached his New York apartment, his blood pressure was normal, Breslin said.

Pavarotti was scheduled to sing in ``The Elixir of Love″ on Thursday.

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