Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti succumbed to pancreatic cancer at his home in Modena, Italy, this morning at 5 A.M. He was 71.
I’m at a loss. Luciano Pavarotti introduced me to the wonderful world of opera, thanks in part to The Three Tenors, his collaborative troika with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. His performance of Nessun Dorma at the Torino Olympics was one of the most stirring live performances of this Turandot piece that I have ever heard.
When Luciano Pavarotti came to the Philippines to perform, I remember wanting desperately to watch him, but I didn’t have enough money. No matter, I thought to myself, I will get another chance.
Hindsight, once again, proves me wrong. I missed out on the once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear live the greatest opera singer of this generation, arguably.
Sing with the angels, Maestro! How glorious that sound must be!