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THANKS TO the huge success of the Three Tenors concerts and the version of "Nessun Dorma" that was used during Italia 90, Luciano Pavarotti (right) is one of the few figures from opera who is known by people throughout the world who have no interest in classical music. In Luciano Pavarotti in Aida (2pm & 8pm Performance), he plays the Eygptian general Radames in this San Francisco Opera production of Verdi's tale of grand passion.

Cult director Robert Rodriguez allegedly made El Mariachi for $7000 in 1993. Two years later, he secured a whopping great Hollywood budget to remake it as Desperado (10pm FilmFour). Antonio Banderas, who on the back of The Mask of Zorro has become a major player, stars as the mysterious lone gunman bent on revenge in a dusty Mexican bordertown.