Adio, Luciano Pavarotti.
From a May 26, 1972 interview with the robust, remarkable man:
The situation in Italian theaters, once the breeding ground for a race of fine singers, gives Mr. Pavarotti some concern. “For the most part, they are not in good hands,” he mourns. “What can one think when many of the leading Italian singers are no longer interested to sing at La Scala, with one of the best choruses and orchestras for opera in the world? It is political trouble – musical politics – changes that neglect the past. I am an Italian, and I a proud of La Scala, like my colleagues, but La Scala looks now in a different way than it did at its country’s leading singers. Now, one wins a singing contest on television and becomes famous overnight – without experience or solid training, despite fine gifts. Is this right? Have we all wasted our time? I think not, I think not…”
On a more cheerful note, Mr. Pavarotti spoke of the possibility of Donizetti’s “La Favorita” (with its luscious tenor role) in San Francisco in 1973, and “the dream of every tenor – Manrico in ‘Il Trovatore’ – as long as 10 years away for me. It is a full lyric role, loudness has nothing to do with it, but it must carry and be strong.”
Concerts? “Oh yes, I will do some. One with orchestra, only arias, and later in Carnegie Hall, New York, with arias and some antique songs. I hope they will go well, but for me, it is better, the right lights and the smell of the stage – I must enjoy myself when I sing, and concentrate on what is happening. In concert, I don’t know. But I tell – if everything is lovingly done – everything will be all right – [crescendo toward high C] all-l-l RIGHT!”
The news was followed by tributes from all over the world. “I always remember the God-given glory of his voice,” said Placido Domingo who, with Pavarotti and Jose Carreras created the Three Tenors concerts that propelled the trio to superstardom. Bono described Pavarotti as “a great volcano of a man who sang fire, but spilled over with a love of life in all its complexity”.
The pinnacle of his celebrity occured in 1990 when his rendition of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot was used as the BBCs theme song for the FIFA World Cup. This quickly became his trademark song after achieving popular success. — Photograph, Telegraph.co.uk
Listen to this live performance by Pavarotti of that marvelous song from Giacomo Puccini‘s opera, Turandot, NESSUN DORMA — a very fine studio recording by Pavarotti of that same work can be found on this CD; however, one of Pavarotti’s earlier CD’s (and my favorite by him) has that same studio performance and a whole lot more.
Adio, Luciano Pavarotti.