Thursday, September 06, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti, Farewell

Famed Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Pavarotti brought a depth and dimension to Opera that elevated it and broadened its appeal. He appeared on the Opera stage and in concerts around the world, toured as part of the Three Tenors, did performances with Barry White, U2 and Bono, and other popular musicians. In addition to his amazing voice, he had a endearing persona and charisma.

I first heard Pavarotti when he was building his career. His singing was like listening to the sound of the angels. And, when he sang, you were sure that it was just for you. Over the years, I took every opportunity to see him perform. He delighted my soul.

Tonight, Luciano, I pray that you are singing with the Angels....

Thank you for the joy you brought into my life and the life of so many others.

You will be missed.

Last night in the wee hours I heard about the death of Luciano Pavarotti and did this post. As I have visited my friends' blogs and seen their tributes and seen the tributes on TV, I am so glad to know how many people were blessed with the joy of this man's voice.

I first saw Luciano early in his career - when people said, "Luciano who?". I was fortunate to be doing some work at a college when he was there to perform and it caused our paths to cross. I was taken with the charisma and the presence of the man - drawn towards him. So, I attended the concert. You may read many pieces today that will tell how Luciano sent them off towards a love of Opera... a Salon writer called it "The Gateway Drug to Opera." I was raised on Opera and Classical Music. But, Luciano brought to it a joy I had never seen before.

The magic of Luciano Pavarotti extended beyond his talent. He loved what he it and brought that joy to every note. He gifted it to us if we were willing to reach out and take it.

If you are one who has never heard him sing - go to You Tube and listen - you will be glad you did.


Jennifer said...

I truly believe he is singing with the Angels....what a beautiful thought!

He will truly be missed but his memory and music will always live on.

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DD2 said...

Great tribute to a great man.
I also wrote a blog on the Maestro today.
I loved him so much I just had to.

Please view it.

American Interests said...

His passing brought tears to my eyes, and not just because I am of Italian heritage. I somehow knew we would lose him when news first broke of his battle with Pancreatic cancer about a year ago. I lost Dad to the same illness just over two years ago, along with Mesothelioma (cancer caused by exposure to asbestos), Pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate.

Flag Gazer said...

Thank you for visiting AI -
my symphathies on the loss of your Dad to this incidious disease.