Three Tenors To Perform South American Concert Debut

Brazilian show replaces Albany, N.Y., date that was canceled because of poor ticket sales.

The Three TenorsPlacido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras — are heading to São Paulo, Brazil, for their first performance in South America.

The Brazilian concert, set for July 22, features Italian conductor Marco Armiliato, who will lead a yet-to-be-chosen Brazilian orchestra at the 80,000-seat Morumbi stadium.

The superstar trio originally had planned to perform on July 22 in Albany, N.Y., but they canceled that concert because ticket sales were not strong enough.

Less than 10,000 tickets, priced from $50 to $600, were sold for the Albany visit, which was to take place at the Pepsi Arena. According to a report in the Albany Times Union, the break-even point for the Rudas Organization — which sponsors the Three Tenors concerts — was 12,000.

"Their expenses to bring the show here are very high," Pepsi Arena General Manager Bob Belber told the Times Union in May.

Belber said Rudas spent more than $100,000 in promoting the concert before canceling.

The Three Tenors have been a major act since their 1994 concert in Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium. Accompanied by conductor Zubin Mehta, they performed before almost 1.3 billion TV viewers in 100 countries while simultaneously recording an audio and video release, the recording going platinum in its first week.

In April, their Las Vegas concert was simulcast over the Internet. A Pavarotti solo concert webcast is planned for later this year.

This past weekend the trio performed at Browns Stadium in Cleveland.

Before the Brazilian date, Pavarotti will go solo for concerts in South Korea and Germany and will return Sept. 14 to New York's Madison Square Garden.

A Rudas Organization spokesperson was unavailable for comment.