Pavarotti's adieu to Paris hits flat note

17th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 17 (AFP) - Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who will bid adieu to Paris late Tuesday with his last concert in the French capital, has failed to fill the Bercy arena, with thousands of tickets unsold, organizers said.

PARIS, May 17 (AFP) - Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who will bid adieu to Paris late Tuesday with his last concert in the French capital, has failed to fill the Bercy arena, with thousands of tickets unsold, organizers said.  

The arena is set up to welcome 12,000 fans of the tenor, but between 3,000 and 4,000 tickets remained unsold early Tuesday, organizers told AFP.  

Pavarotti, who will turn 70 on October 12, was expected to sing arias from operas written by Italy's great composers like Giacomo Puccini ("Tosca" and "La Boheme") and Pietro Mascagni ("L'Amico Fritz").  

A second farewell concert in France is scheduled to take place on July 15 in the southern town of Nimes, but sources close to Pavarotti's recording house Decca said it could be called off, as the tenor is due to have surgery.

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