Thursday, September 06, 2007

Pavarotti has passed

First, I didn't believe it when Angelle told me. Then I read it in the New York Times, but I KNEW it had to be true when I saw that someone had already corrected the Wikipedia page.

He was my favorite.

Puccini's prayer, from my favorite song Pavarotti ever sang:

Dilegua, o notte
Tramontate stelle
Tramontate stelle
Al alba vincero


angelle said...

I am really really devastated. End of an era in opera, in my personal opinion. I don't think Domingo comes close. There's something about his untrained, unbridled enthusiasm that is just so genuine. Was. WAS!!! Argh. I never thought I'd say this about a fat old man who probably had an ego, but I loved him, and he never knew. And now he is gone.


writtenwyrdd said...

Gone is a great voice. I'm not an opera fan, but cultural icons passing away loses us something unquantifiable. The world is less because of it.

Maprilynne said...

No way!!! Man, you did NOT make my day today. *sniff*

David L. McAfee said...

No one esle has done as much for opera as Pavarotti. He was the only opera singer I can think of who was a household name even among those who do not listen to opera. Quite simply, everyone knew who he was and what he did.

There are not many people who have achieved such a great level of fame and influence that their name immediately brings to mind their occupation, so much so that it is impossible to imagine one without the other. Such iconic status is very rare. Like Michael Jordan and basketball, Tiger Woods and golf, Babe Ruth and baseball. Everyone knows who these men are (were), and what they do (did) for a living.

Pavarotti was that man for opera. Just the mention of his name brings to mind the stage, the seats, the purity of tone and voice that marked his career.

The world lost a real treasure today.