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Luciano Pavarotti, who died on 6 September, 2007 aged 71, was not merely the world’s most famous and best-loved tenor but a man whose charisma and sheer vocal talent won a new audience for opera. Making his debut in 1961, his place among the great operatic performers was already assured by the mid-70s following a string of memorable roles. But his fame broadened dramatically following his rendition of the Italian aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ as the theme tune for the BBC’s 1990 World Cup coverage, and his “Three Tenors” concerts alongside Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. His death from pancreatic cancer brings to an end an illustrious career, but his unforgettable voice will live on in his numerous recordings. Luicano Pavarotti was born on 12 October 1935 in Modena, Italy. He was the first child, and only son of a baker. As a young boy he spent time playing football with friends and made several appearances as a winger for Modena FC. His father’s love of singing and his appreciation for Italian opera inspired Luciano to become a singer and in his teens he took a deeper interest in the genre. As a teenager, Pavarotti took a trip to Wales with his father as part of the Gioachino Rossi town chorus. The groups’ notable performance won them first prize in the Llangollen international singing competition. Although his first ambition had been to become a teacher, Pavarotti soon began training for a classical singing career, working with highly-regarded tutors Arrigo Pola and Ettore Campogalliani. He made his operatic debut on 29 April 1961 after securing a starring role as Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. His opening success was rewarded with engagements across the world including Covent Garden, London. The 1960s was a busy time and in 1965 he made his American debut alongside soprano Joan Sutherland in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in Miami. Ms Sutherland was a great supporter of Pavarotti during his early performances as they travelled around together on tour. Pavarotti returned to the role of Rodolfo for his debut at the grand La Scala opera house in Milan, in 1965. In 1972, a New York audience was treated to Pavarotti’s finest performance of his young career, when he managed to sing nine effortless high Cs, during the French opera La Fille du Regiment, to rapturous applause. Then, in 1990, came worldwide fame as, on the eve of the World Cup Final in front of a sell out crowd in Rome, he performed with close friends Domingo and Carreras in a ‘Three Tenors’ concert. The performance and particularly Nessun Dorma’s success saw his album ‘The Essential Pavarotti’ become the first ever classical album to reach number one in the UK pop charts. Over the next twelve years Pavarotti would sing at four further World Cup Finals while he also helped bring the curtain up on the 2006 Winter Olympics event with another rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma. It was to be his last public appearance before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2006.


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Luciano Pavarotti

Thank you for the beauty of your voice that you left to the world. Treasured always.

By Anne Seibright on 31 Dec 2011

Love his voice, he...

Love his voice, he was such a talented singer and his songs were legendary!!!

By emily mcfadyen on 17 Jul 2008

The death of Luicano...

The death of Luicano Pavarotti is a sad loss to all in this world and a true gain for all Angels in Heaven. He will be missed like Beethoven and Mozart. I was hoping to pen some music for him as I was for Princess Diana before she sadly died. Sing away Pavarotti, sing to the stars.

By John McCutcheon on 06 Jan 2008

I saw Luciano Pavarotti...

I saw Luciano Pavarotti 1983, at Sam Goody's in New York USA to sign his newest album at the time, I thought I have to see him! I saw him taking photos with a lot of families then it was my turn I went up to him I told him "You have the most beautiful voice!" He said "Gracias!" He had such a wonderful personality, he signed my record and the man who worked at the store took a photo of me with him. I am so thankful I got to see him.

By Paula ellen on 09 Oct 2007

Cara Maestro, Grazia Assai!...

Cara Maestro, Grazia Assai! Senza te, il mondo di musica, e piu piccolo. Senza il tuo sorriso e carisma, il mondo e piu triste. Riposa in pace, Elaine Mastronardi

By Elaine Mastronardi on 26 Sep 2007

Having spent most of...

Having spent most of my life as a 'military man' around the world for almost 50 years after countless moments of 'activities' that I needed to forget, I always sought solace in listening to the voices of initially Franco Corelli and then Luciano Pavarotti as well. I am terribly saddened that both of them have gone to a 'better place'. "We will not hear their like again"...they were both superb exponents of the art of Tenor singing and this World is a a poorer/sadder place for it. Requiescant in Pace. God bless and rest you both. Sean Tierney. 07.09.2007.

By Sean Tierney on 12 Sep 2007

What can i add...

What can i add to all the wonderful tributes to a truly spectacular man, the best tenor this world has known in my eyes. I have a film he made called "Yes Georgio " it is a heart wrenching film and one i will treasure always. You will be sadly missed sweet man. Requiesticat et pace

By Martina Rees on 09 Sep 2007

I still remember the...

I still remember the moment when my attention was firstly grasped by Pavarotti’s magnificent voice that couldn't leave anyone indifferent. It was during a TV programme broadcasted on Xmas Eve at the Portuguese RTP in the 80's, when Pavarotti sang Xmas Carols in a Church in Canada accompanied by a boys' choir. Since then I have closely accompanied his career. I am sure that Pavarotti's memory will last forever to all the people who are passionate for classical and popular music, through his many recordings and also through the remembrance of live shows done over more than four decades.

By José Filipe Sepúlveda da Fonseca on 08 Sep 2007

What else can be...

What else can be said about the best singer of all times that hasn?t been said already? Like he said himself once: "I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to". He exceeded every limit, he sang with his soul, he made us remember that opera is not death yet and won?t be soon, he made us dream, laugh and cry with his heavenly voice. Requiescat in pace. Addio, Maestro! Ci vediamo lass?!

By Ricardo Iriarte on 08 Sep 2007

Despite safety concerns, Pavarotti...

Despite safety concerns, Pavarotti agreed to perform on June 12, 1999 in Beirut, Lebanon, his first ever concert in an Arab country, and all proceeds were donated to benefit charities in Lebanon. As a condition to performing, the government of Lebanon had to suspend all flights in or out of nearby Beirut International Airport (BIA) because of noise since the flight pattern was directly overhead of the Cite Sportive stadium venue. But half-way through his performance, the stadium shook from a fly-over of a jet. Pavorotti just waited for the jet landing unfazed, and began again to give an excellent show.

By Angela Arroliga on 07 Sep 2007

I saw this great...

I saw this great man just once live, at 'Pavarotti in the Park', Hyde Park, London. He was well past his best, but still able to captivate an immense crowd. For me, he ranks alongside Caruso, Gigli and DiStefano as the greatest tenors of the 20th century. He will be sadly missed, but we can still remind ourselves of his wonderful voice through the rich legacy of his recordings. Rest in peace dear Luciano, you brought so mych joy to so many people in your lifetime.

By Peter Hunter on 07 Sep 2007

I will always remember...

I will always remember Luciano for his outstanding voice, his contribution to music and how polite and kind he was when I won backstage passes to meet him. I will always love and cherish his music and his passion for life. Love always. Anna

By Anna Massingham on 07 Sep 2007

I saw him in...

I saw him in the US yrs ago. Past his prime but I'll treasure the memory always. VINCERO

By Carol Wood on 07 Sep 2007

Luciano Pavarotti will be...

Luciano Pavarotti will be remembered as one of our centuries greatest singers ever . i send you my deepest condolences . from Saudi Arabia. You know Pavarotti Has Fans Everywhere in the world , and most people when they know i am from Saudi Arabia and i tell them i am a fan of Pavarotti they just freez!!. The Most Calming Voice and Relaxing Ever to be heard . To You Pavarotti , We Will Never Forget the Nice time's We Had With Your Voice. Work Like Your Will Live For a Thousand Years. Dr. Mohammad H. Bahareth

By Mohammad Hatem Bahareth on 07 Sep 2007

Just 2 hear his...

Just 2 hear his voice would give you chills up & down your spine, having the hairs on your arms stand up in chills. What a great, & marvelous tone of voice that he has. Just 2 know & have some kind of thought that he's in Heaven now, singing spiritual & powerful hymns. So much talent & potential that he had, & so much that he has/had accomplished in his life of the deeds with charity & humanitarian works as well as his achievements throughout his music career. May the beloved Luciano Pavarotti Rest in Heavenly Peace.

By 3pa Piru Smith on 07 Sep 2007
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