One of the greatest Tenors of our generation if not of all time has left us all to "sing among the spheres."
When I think about Luciano Pavarotti, I think about the numerous operas he loved and performed in, and how fortunate I was to have experienced his presence and vocal grandeur on the concert stage he often referred to as "the place I share with my God." Pavarotti found joy in many things, but one of his greatest was the joy of being able to on occasion get standing room tickets to hear Caruso perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Pavarotti had the ability to lift opera above itself. When still quite young I had the privilege of being taken to a live performance of "La Fille du regiment" with Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland. The performance was one that changed my musical life forever. The dramatic depth, passion and excitement conveyed is virtually unexplainable. I would only allow myself to listen to recordings of great pianists in my teens until something wondrous happened, I heard Pavarotti singing "Nessum dorma!" from Puccini's Turandot. My traditional pianistic thinking suddenly changed forever, I had realized that true sound came from the human voice, and this realization changed my approach to the piano, I stopped just playing notes, and began to try and make them sing. Pavarotti has brought his voice and opera to the world entering the hearts and souls of everyone in many various and personally special ways!
Pavarotti will never be replaced or forgotten, and the collection of "The Best" will be instilled into the opera libraries each of us have and without doubt be labelled a "Hallmark and Voice to be Treasured Forever."
"In a piece of music every note must sing, and there should always be a touch of spring."
Author: Raymond Vacchino M.Mus.(MT) A.Mus. L.R.S.M. Licentiate(honorary)