‘Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary On DVD & Digital Platforms

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Courtesy of Giant Pictures)

The 30th Anniversary Edition of director DeWitt Sage’s award-winning feature documentary “Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China” has been released on DVD and digital platforms for the first time.

The 1988 documentary was released by Giant Pictures and recounts Luciano Pavarotti’s trip to China in 1986 where he performed “La Bohème,” conducted master classes and performed concerts for more than 150 million people. The documentary by DeWitt Sage also captures Pavarotti’s famously cheerful exchanges with local singers to the inevitable clash of cultures.

“The feature documentary, ‘Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China,’ was first released theatrically, to much acclaim, back in 1988. Luciano Pavarotti was of course, and still is, the most famous opera singer in the world. The film contains unique footage from the great tenor’s tour of China in 1986 and is a must-see for any opera lover,” said Nick Savva of Giant Pictures. “The 30th Anniversary Edition of ‘Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China’ has been powerfully transformed by digital technology and by the passage of time. This 30th Anniversary Edition is stunningly new. Its colors are clearer and richer, Pavarotti’s achievement seems greater, his voice almost glows and now the film glows with it.”

The film is now available on Apple TV, Amazon Video, and DVD. This is the second major Pavarotti-related film to make headlines in 2019 after Ron Howard’s documentary earlier this year.


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