Tenor Luciano Pavarotti died early this morning in his Modena home at age 71 after fighting a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a legend in his own right.
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Pavarotti will always remind me of good times spent with my father listening to opera. My dad is something of an expert on the genre. When he had time in the weekends (or in my adult years, when I visited him), he would sit with me and spend a lazy afternoon listening to his favorite music, repeating the words of the tenors, the sopranos and the baritones, and then explaining them to me in plain Italian (or English). These are times I will always cherish in my life.
I've always been fascinated with the works of the great Italian composers, and Pavarotti's beautiful voice--as has Maria Callas' in the years after her death (who indeed can sing "Casta Diva" better than she?)--will stay with me for a long time.
Rest in peace, Luciano!