An Operatic Ending Luciano Pavarotti and the man who has managed him since 1967, Herbert Breslin, have split.
"We've had enough," Breslin said of the parting. "I've had enough.
Breslin had helped Pavarotti gain popularity outside the classical music world by using television to help the tenor sell out arenas and stadiums. But lately the great tenor has performed "less and less," according to Pavarotti spokeswoman Terri Robson. "Herbert's work has been limited to Pavarotti's opera and recital appearances," she said. "Luciano has two other offices, and most of his work has been coming out of Italy, not New York."
Pavarotti, 67, has not appeared in an opera performance since singing in Puccini's "Tosca" at the Royal Opera in London last January.
His next performance will not take place until a Three Tenors concert in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 28. That concert was scheduled for this Sunday but was postponed because Pavarotti's companion, Nicoletta Mantovani, is expected to give birth to twins next week.
The 2001 Kennedy Center honoree, who made his international debut in 1961, has announced his intention to retire on his 70th birthday, Oct. 12, 2005.
Berry's Back Paul Berry, who spent 28 years anchoring Channel 7's newscasts, will be heard (if not seen) once again on the local airwaves. Berry will host his own weekday show on talk station WTNT-AM (570) from 4 to 7 p.m., starting Monday, reports The Post's Paul Farhi.
Berry, who replaces ratings-challenged conservative host Michael Graham, says he'll chat up newsmakers and journalists, and will talk about local and national issues with callers. He says he's "a liberal on some issues, and sometimes I'm a conservative. I suppose you could describe me as a conservative liberal."
Berry spent most of his career in television, and most of that as the face of Channel 7 news. Before TV, however, he was the founder, program director and sportscaster of an FM station serving American troops in Vietnam.
Since his departure from WJLA in mid-1999, he's headed a media consulting firm and a hotel video business, both of which he'll continue.
Fans of Graham can still hear him when they drive south, on Richmond's WRVA.
Where Credit Is Due The lesson is, it's not hard to just cancel a credit card, so why be a pest?
A man who found actor Robert Redford's credit card outside a convenience store in Orem, Utah, should have taken the thanks he was offered, rather than holding out for more. After he found the card near Redford's home and the Sundance resort on Saturday, the man called the resort to report it. He was offered free lift tickets and dinner for two for the card's return, but insisted on signed memorabilia. When a resort representative responded that Redford "does not do that kind of thing," the man hung up. The card was eventually recovered when police paid a visit to the unidentified man's apartment.
Needless to say, he lost out on the freebies.
End Notes "Judge Judy" Sheindlin has signed a contract with Paramount for $100 million over four years, according to the New York Post, making her one of television's highest-paid stars. . . . Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows on New Year's Eve at the Beverly Hills Hotel before 500 of their closest friends, including Chris Rock and Justin Timberlake. . . . Actress Julianne Moore is engaged to her longtime partner, director Bart Freundlich, according to People magazine. The couple have two children.
-- Compiled by Barbara E. Martinez
from staff and wire reports
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