Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving manager who helped propel Luciano Pavarotti to international fame during their 36 years together, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 87. He collapsed in Nice, France, on Wednesday, his wife, Carol, said from their apartment in New York.
Under Breslin's guidance, Pavarotti moved beyond opera houses to become an entertainment star who performed at arenas, stadiums and even Las Vegas. The tenor also appeared on television shows and an American Express commercial. "That I think was the essence of our plan together," Breslin said in 2004.
Breslin became an opera fan as he grew up in New York. Known for boasting about his clients and his sometimes profane language, Breslin started with Pavarotti in 1967, six years after the singer's professional debut and a year before he first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera.
Breslin started as Pavarotti's publicist and became his manager. They worked together through 2002 -- five years before Pavarotti's death, though their relationship soured in their later years together.-- AP