Nan Murray and Margaret Smyth
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Luciano Pavarotti co-stars return to Belfast theatre for anniversary

7 May 2013 Last updated at 19:49 BST

Fifty years ago, on Tuesday 7 May 1963, a young, relatively unknown, Italian opera singer was waiting nervously in the wings of Belfast's Grand Opera House, about to make his professional UK debut.

The young tenor had already picked up some small roles in Italy and across Europe. As well as being his professional UK debut, this was also his first time performing in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Two women who performed alongside the star return to the theatre to celebrate the anniversary.

Peter Coulter reports for BBC Newsline.

You can read the full story of Pavarotti's forgotten UK debut here.