When Giuseppe Verdi presented "the Anvil Chorus" from "Il Trovatore," a stuffy music critic stated that the music had no elitist appeal, it would only appeal to the general public. Verdi was pleased with the snob's critique and the rest is history. Think of the royalty checks that Verdi would be receiving from just Warner Brothers Cartoons alone!
Luciano Pavarotti understood the importance of growing one's art with mass populations. In a time when government sponsored artist produce anti Christian symbolism and whine about depleted funding, Luciano Pavarotti found a way to keep opera contemporary. As Collen Barry from Associated Press Writers wrote;
"But his legacy reached beyond the opera houses to reach the masses, working with fellow opera stars and pop icons alike.
These far-from-the-opera house performances, including memorable nights under the stars at Rome's ancient Baths of Caracalla with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo, in the "Three Tenors" concert, rescued musical art from highbrow obscurity."
"I hope to be remembered as an opera singer. In other words, as a representative of an art form which has found its maximum expression in my country. And I also hope that my love of opera will always remain at the center of my life".