I heard the news while listening to NPR on my morning commute. When I heard that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, I couldn't help but cry. My father died from pancreatic cancer about the same time that Luciano learned of his.
Thank you, Luciano, for sharing your passion with us all. You helped make the world a better place.
i heard this morning, and heard a nice story from my music GCSE teacher at school,
Luciano was my teacher's idol for his whole music related life, and he found out once that Luciano would eat a steak before a performance, so he decided to have a steak sandwich before any of his performances. apparently the protein in steaks is good to help with nerves and energy, since performing, especially opera, takes vast amounts of energy.
although i am not an opera person i recognized what i heard of Luciano as something special and i appreciated it.
A great loss---a real hero in the world of opera. It's often difficult for those who have no great love for a given musical genre to understand the appeal it has for those who do love it. In the world of opera, LP was perhaps the person who could bridge that chasm most effectively--he may not have turned everyone into opera lovers, but I think his magnificant artistry provided a glimpse into why opera is so beloved by many. He will be greatly missed and deeply mourned.
The one thing always remembered about Pavarotti was when he and Frank Sinatra were on The Tonight Show together. While they sat down with Johnnie Carson, Sinatra told Pavarotti that he was having trouble finishing his notes and he asked him his advise. To everyone's laughter, Pavarotti told him he simply closed his mouth.
Only Pavarotti could get away with telling the Chairman of the Board the best way to shut up
He was everyone's Opera star. Now the voice is silent
Non pop artist yes, but he did dabble in the pop scene with this. He was quoted on the Today show this morning as being an "Opera man with Rock Star status." Man his voice blows those Spice Girls outta da water!
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