When we talk about The Three Tenors we refer to a popular operatic singing group, consisting of Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and the Italian Luciano Pavarotti.
Although classical artists usually perform in concert halls, the Tenors sold out a succession of stadium shows around the world throughout the 1990s. The trio began to collaborate with a performance at the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy on 7 July 1990. Zubin Mehta conducted the orchestra of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. The recording of this debut concert became the best-selling classical album of all time and led to additional performances and live albums.
Their second televised performance was four years later at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and it was viewed by 1.3 billion people. They last performed together at an arena in Columbus, Ohio on 28 September 2003.
The concerts were a huge commercial success, and were accompanied by a series of best-selling recordings, including Carreras-Domingo-Pavarotti: The Three Tenors In Concert (which holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling classical music album).
The Three Tenors repertoire ranged from opera to Neapolitan songs and pop hits. The group's signature songs included "Nessun dorma" from Puccini's opera Turandot, usually sung by Pavarotti, and the Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio", which all three tenors typically sang together.
Today Opera e Lirica, inspired by Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras, gives people in Rome th opportunity to attend a Three Tenors concert performed by pretigious singers and artists coming from the most important theaters and Music Academies, such as Santa Cecilia Academy.