The Three Tenors' Italian co-founder, the great Luciano Pavarotti, was one of the few artists to have extended the horizon of classical music and to have brought it to a mass audience. Born in Modena, he made his debut in Italy in 1961 as Rodolfo in Puccini's LA BOHEME and obtained international prestige performing Verdi's LA TRAVIATA in Belgrade. But his success lays in its original approach to pop music. With his colleagues and friends, the Spanish tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, he created the successful trio The Three Tenors, whose popularity was unprecedented for a classical act. Pavarotti enjoyed the crossover between classic and popular music, performing duets with U2, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Eros Ramazzotti and Caetano Veloso. At the age of seventy and in ill-health, the bel canto embarked on a farewell tour he was unable to complete - dying of pancreatic cancer in his Modena home on the 6th of September 2007.