Daily SG: 7 Sep 2007

The Singapore Daily Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti, 1935 – 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was one of the most legendary opera singer of his time. Born on 12 October 1935 on the outskirts of Modena Italy to a baker, he made his opera debut in 29 Apr 1961. In his international recital debut in 1973, he asked for a handkerchief to wipe his perspiration before the debut but was given white dinner napkin instead. The white napkin was a signature part of his act ever since. Pavarotti’s became an international celebrity when his rendition of Giacomo Pucinni’s aria Nessun Dorma from Turandot was picked by BBC as the theme song for the 1990 Italia FIFA World Cup. The aria achieved pop status and has to date remained his trademark song.

In the early morning of 6 September 2007, Pavarotti succumbed to pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed in July 2006. In an email statement, his manager wrote: “The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness.”

Luciano Pavarotti is survived by his four daughters. He has one granddaughter.

Nessum Dorma, Torino 2006

Ciao Maestro.

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4 Responses to Daily SG: 7 Sep 2007

  1. MapleLeaves says:

    Ciao Maestro. May the heavens ring with the soung of your voice.

  2. anonymouscoward says:

    sad day for opera lovers and for those who didnt get a chance to hear him sing in person. RIP

  3. James Chia says:

    I never got a chance to attend his concerts. Only managed to catch the live concert by Jose Carreras. A world class tenor is so hard to find simply because of the high range of voice. Who can take over his place?

  4. oldman says:

    Hopefully the other teo tenors can visit the esplanade sometime soon… The Nessum Dorma is one of my favourites and it’ll never sound the same from someone else… Sad day indeed

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