Tenor Luciano Pavarotti has picked a date to sing his last note -- on his 70th birthday, Oct. 12, 2005. He told Connie Chung on last night's (June 25) episode of her CNN show, "Connie Chung Tonight,"

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti has picked a date to sing his last note -- on his 70th birthday, Oct. 12, 2005. He told Connie Chung on last night's (June 25) episode of her CNN show, "Connie Chung Tonight," that he would be busy for two or three more years and then would retire. He said he would not sing again, "not even when I'm taking the shower."

Pavarotti, 66, canceled his last scheduled performances at the Metropolitan Opera in May, citing an illness. He is not on the roster there for next season and did not have performances booked at any of the world's other opera houses. His official Web site lists several concert arena performances throughout the rest of the year.

The Italian opera star is also known for his concerts with fellow luminaries Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, billed as the Three Tenors. One of those concerts is scheduled for tomorrow in Japan at the World Cup.


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