Luciano Pavarotti married his long-time partner and producer Nicoletta Mantovani today in a song-filled, celebrity-studded ceremony held in the main theatre of the tenor’s hometown, Modena.
Hundreds of fans gathered outside Modena’s Teatro Comunale to watch the bride, dressed in a rose-coloured Armani gown, arrive for the nuptials with her father, carrying a bouquet of pink roses.
She waved to the crowd before heading inside.
The couple’s year-old daughter, Alice, was the official host of the wedding, and like her mother, wore rose Armani, Pavarotti’s publicist Terri Robson said.
Performances scheduled for the wedding, which was closed to the media, included Andrea Bocelli singing the Ave Maria, as well as songs by a London-based gospel choir and the children’s choir of Modena.
The guest-list was befitting such a grand occasion: Sting and his wife Trudi Styler, U2’s Bono and his family, designers Donatella Versace, Alberta Ferretti and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the actress Gina Lollobrigida and the Italian soccer star Alessandro Del Piero.
Pavarotti, 68 and Mantovani, 34, have been living together since 1996, when their love story took gossip columns by storm. Mantovani had worked for Pavarotti during summers when she was a university student, and she now produces his Pavarotti & Friends concerts as well as other events.
Pavarotti has three children from his marriage to Adua Veroni, who managed his multi-million-dollar business affairs.