Andrew Allison

Luciano Pavarotti 1935-2007

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2007 at 12:00 pm

When someone hugely talented and influential dies, it is almost impossible to say something different to anyone else; therefore I will not even try.

Luciano Pavarotti did more to bring opera to the masses than anyone else of his generation. The music snobs would carp and criticise him and Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras for their ‘Three Tenors’ concerts. No doubt those music snobs simply wanted opera for the elite. They of course were forgetting that many operas were written for the masses to enjoy. Composers such as Puccini were out-and-out showmen, just like Pavarotti.

I remember as a teenager watching the end of an opera on television and being blown away by the tenor singing in front of me. I looked at the credits and found out the name of the tenor was Luciano Pavarotti. That was the first time I heard his voice, and I was immediately hooked. Just listening to his voice now as I write, I can feel the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. He was a true genius, a wonderful ambassador for music, and a warm and generous man. Without him millions of people around the world would never have heard operatic arias and appreciated classical music. His influence cannot be underestimated. He will be sorely missed.

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  1. A wonderful post, AA, and a fine tribute to “the people’s tenor”.

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