Swan Song for Luciano Pavarotti


I wrote about Pavarotti the other day. This evening the news is that he has died. A sad loss. Pavarotti's voice may have been diminished in his later years but so what. His rendition of Nessum Dorma at the soccer World Cup saw him cross over from the rarified world of opera into the pop culture consciousness. The power and emotion in his voice introduced another generation to an art form that seemed stagnant.

When he joined Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to perform as The Three Tenors the game was ratcheted up another notch - from opera star to worldwide celebrity.

He may be gone but he was so iconic he will remain a permanent part of the cultural landscape - probably as a mountain.

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