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R.I.P. Luciano Pavarotti - CinemaDave

Sep. 6th, 2007 09:35 am R.I.P. Luciano Pavarotti

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".

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Date:September 7th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)


My grandmother passed away about 10 years ago at the age of 98. In her early 20's she attended a Caruso performance, and in her later years she also attended a Pavarotti opera. She said they were equally great but that Caruso had more baritone in his voice than Luciano. Caruso made many recordings and although the technology in his day was limited in its ability to truly capture his voice you can still hear the greatness.

A favorite Luciano memory I have is seeing him telling his singing students to sing from the diaphragm, because that is how babies could cry all night long in full piercing voice without ever straining their vocal cords.

Many years ago Luciano got into the habit of having a blood pressure monitor with him at all times to take his own pressure, and he would often insist on measuring the pressure of everyone else who was with him at the time.