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Friday, 7 September 2007

Luciano Pavarotti : 1935 - 2007

The demise of Luciano Pavarotti was a huge blow to the opera industry. Also known as "The King of the High C", Pavarotti was one who brought gold to classical music. A tenor in a class of his own.

I may not have been a huge fan of his work, but i have heard them and they sound really good. His sultry voice is always mesmerizing. Don't even bother 'bout understanding what he's singing about. Just listen. And maybe, you'll end up with a steady flow of tears running down your cheeks.

Pavarotti prides himself of being Italian. A very distinguished gentleman i must say. Those who know him well describe him as being a gentle giant. A man full of humour, humbleness and sincerity. Even his smile brings warmth.

Many are unaware of his humble beginnings. You might have guessed that a person of his stature would have been brought up having things served to him on a silver platter. You guessed wrong, Pavarotti had humble beginnings. He was born on the outskirts of Modena, Italy to Fernando Pavarotti, a baker and singer, and Adele Venturi, a cigar factory worker.

Do you know that his career choice wasn't actually singing?? Pavarotti actually had intended on becoming a sportsman, namely, a soccer goalie. It was only when his interest in singing got the better of him that he decided on that path. Pavarotti pursued his interest in singing and continued to improve his talent by enrolling in tenor classes with Arigo Pola, a respected teacher and professional tenor in Modena. From there, after many years of diligious training and discipline, his career soared.

In 2006, Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. All tours were put on halt. On 9th August, his condition worsened and he was admitted to a hospital in his hometown Modena for observation. His condition deteriorated on 5th September and was reported to be in and out of conciousness several times. On 6th September 2007, Luciano Pavarotti, the great tenor, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife, sisters and daughters.

Vienna State Opera and Salzburg Festival Hall mourned by flying black flags. Truly a legand, Luciano Pavarotti will be missed by all.

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