9/06/2007

Quelle Sopracciglia

In memory of Luciano Pavarotti, may I send you here to my thoughts on him so many months ago and the aftermath. He was a powerful man.

My favourite story about him today arrived courtesy of The Age and involves the wondrous Joan Sutherland.

Resto nella pace Luciano.

12 comments:

chelene said...

I had no idea he was ill so this came as quite a surprise to me this morning. Too bad I never saw him sing live.

Tanya Espanya said...

Too distracted by the 'Uncle Leo eyebrows as drawn on by Elaine'.

julia said...

He was always my sister's favourite tenor (I'm more of a Placido Domingo gal.) I enjoyed every time I heard him sing, and as a person who gets very annoyed with opera singers who don't bother to act, I appreciated Pavarotti always giving so much of himself to a role. I was clicking through channels one day and bumped into the end of 'La Boheme' on 'Great Performances'. I hadn't even seen the build-up to the final act, yet Pavarotti's emotion and voice put me in tears in a heart beat.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He single-handedly did more to popularize opera than anybody except maybe Bugs Bunny. A true loss.

Chancelucky said...

I'm not an opera fan, but I'll miss Luciano Pavarotti for his voice, his outsized personality, and his willingness to bring his music to a wider audience.

Evil Genius said...

You know what they always say - it's not over till the fat guy dies of pancreatic cancer.

Beth said...

So very sad about Luciano's passing. I got to see him perform once, and it was one of the greatest moments of my listening life.

PinkFluffySlippers said...

Opera is one of those things I often wonder why I don't appreciate. That and jazz. Man, even the sight of the word "jazz" puts me to sleep. Jazzzzzzzz....

T said...

After Mario Lanza, Luc' was my favorite tenor. Emotion and quality made them both.

gifted typist said...

Thanks Dale. Pavarotti was one of those people who transcended his talent. As Barbara said, he understood the power of connecting with the people and popular culture. That's why so many of us non-opera officianados feel the loss.

The BBC played part of his infamous performance '72 in NYC when he hit the big C notes. Honestly, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

X. Dell said...

Hmm. Luciano Pavarotti and Beverly Sills both gone within a few months of each other. Kinda reminds me of the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix right on top of each other.

So, in the opera world, whom would you consider to be Jim Morrison?

Dale said...

Poor Looch, I know Chelene. I never got the chance to hear him sing live either.

Quelle sopracciglia indeed Tanya.

He was a force in the opera world for sure Julia and he'll be missed by the world.

He would have enjoyed a little Hassenpfeffer I'm sure Barbara, or maybe a lot.

He was a bit of a 'rock star' Chancelucky and it won't be the same without him.

That made me laugh and laugh and laugh Evil Genius. You're like an evil genius!

Very cool Beth, that must have been some performance and a thrill.

Couldn't be all those zzzzzs could it PFS? Haha.

Mario was quite a talent too you're right T.

Those famous C notes are just amazing to hear Gifted Typist, pretty amazing.

Probably Bryn Terfel would play Jim, X. Dell, although without the nasty drug habit.