Luciano Pavarotti Passes Away

One of my favorite music persona, Pavarotti passed away last week in Modena Italy.

I would not call myself a regular listener of Western Classical and Opera Music. However thanks to my late grandfather’s influence i listen to it often enough to have a sizeable collection on vinyl (all his) CD’s and mp3.

Luciano Pavarotti was a giant amongst tenors. Arguably the greatest tenor ever, he helped move opera from an exclusive to a more mainstream genre of music. Along with Domingo and Carreras he teamed up as onen of the Three Tenors and brought opera singing out from the exclusive symphony halls and opera houses to fantastics locales as the Times Square and the Statue of Liberty and the Forbidden City.

Mr. Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. He became a titan of pop culture. Millions saw him on television and found in his expansive personality, childlike charm and generous figure a link to an art form with which many had only a glancing familiarity.[link]

His collaboration with artists from other genres of music, be it Bono of U2 or Zubin Mehta, conductor exemplar, produced a wonderful fusion of music and vocal sounds.

Bono, who once recorded with the late tenor, posted his respect and adulation for Pavarotti on the official U2 website.

“No one could inhabit those acrobatic melodies and words like Pavarotti. He lived the songs, his opera was a great mash of joy and sadness; surreal and earthy at the same time; a great volcano of a man who sang fire but spilled over with a love of life in all its complexity, a great and generous friend,” The Sun quoted Bono, as stating on the website.

“Some can sing opera, Luciano Pavarotti was an opera,” he added.[link]

His popularity around the world and in his homeland of Italy was phenomenal and this only confirms it

The turnout, estimated by organizers at 50,000, was the biggest in Italy at a commemorative function since the funeral for Pope John Paul II, in April 2005, which drew millions.

As his coffin emerged from the cathedral to more applause and the strains of “Nessun Dorma,” the Puccini “Turandot” aria that was Mr. Pavarotti’s signature piece, Italy’s famous aerobatics squadron flew over twice, leaving a stream of red, white and green smoke, the colors of the Italian flag. [link]

A musician can be as popular as he wants, but as we have seen many a times over, it has nothing to do with skill. However in Pavarotti’s case he was the best there has ever been

A PUBLICIST long ago gave Luciano Pavarotti the sobriquet King of the High C’s, for his remarkable ability to hit and sing the heck out of one of the highest notes of the tenor voice. The tag followed Mr. Pavarotti, who died last week, into most of his obituaries. [link]

If you have never heard of Nussen Dorma or any of other Pavarotti music, I would urge you to do so. It will change your life.

image courtesy: Andres Leighton/Associated Press via NYTimes

One Comment

  1. Mahendra September 11, 2007

    Thanks for writing about Pavarotti. There are hardly any Indian bloggers I’ve seen writing a tribute. Even I didn’t – though I listen to WC, it’s mostly baroque/romantic era, and that too, only instrumental. I haven’t yet ventured much into the Opera world.

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