Luciano Pavarotti succumbed to pancreatic cancer a couple of days ago. I posted on Mr. Pavarotti’s condition a few months ago and feared the worst. It’s difficult to come back from pancreatic cancer.
The world of opera has lost a true giant. Probably no one since Enrico Caruso has so electrified audiences the world over. He will be missed.
(Link to the LA Times obituary for a mini biography of Mr. Pavarotti.)
Here he is singing what had become his signature piece: Nessum Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot.
To see just how good Pavarotti was, go back and compare his singing of Nessum Dorma to that of Paul Potts, the Welsh car phone salesman who won it all on Britian’s Got Talent. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not demeaning Mr. Potts or his considerable talent. I mean this is Pavarotti, after all, that we’re comparing him to, so it’s no wonder that Mr. Potts comes up a little short.
Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) RIP