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Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007 September 6, 2007

Posted by Jeff in In memoriam, Italian, La Boheme, Opera, Theater.

Luciano Pavarotti sings “Che gelida manina” from Act I of Puccini’s La Boheme, with soprano Mirella Freni.

Before the bombast and the insane managers and the overhype, there was, truly and honestly, one of the great tenors of the twentieth century.

It’s easy to make fun of him for the Three Tenors, that awful movie and for taking way too long to retire. I saw him live seven times, both in operas and recitals. He was underrated as an actor, and as a vocalist in his prime … believe me, he was da bomb.

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