6 Sep 2007


This is so sad!
Pavarotti had been hospitalized in stable condition with a fever in August and underwent surgery too....He was really one of my favourite opera singers...I don't like opera that much...but I LOVE Pavarotti's!! It is VERY sad news to know he's died....
Read here about the fewer and cancer surgery...

ROME (Reuters)

Like most Italian boys, Luciano Pavarotti used to dream of being a football star. Instead, he rose to opera stardom and entranced stadium audiences with his singing voice rather than his football skills.
(Advertisement)Pavarotti died in the early hours of Thursday. He was 71.
The rotund, black-bearded tenor, regarded by many as the greatest of his generation, shot to fame with a stand-in appearance at London's Covent Garden in 1963 and soon had critics gushing about his voluminous voice.
Perhaps his biggest gift to the music world was when he teamed up with Spanish stars Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras at the 1990 soccer World Cup in Italy and introduced operatic classics to an estimated 800 million people in TV coverage around the globe.
Sales of opera albums shot up after the gala concert in Rome's Baths of Caracalla and strains of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" became as much a feature of soccer fever as the usual more raucous stadium chants.
Earlier in his life, Pavarotti's parents wanted him to have a steady job and for a while he worked as an insurance salesman and teacher.
He started singing on the operatic circuit and his big break came thanks to another Italian opera great, Giuseppe di Stefano, who dropped out of a London performance of "La Boheme" in 1963.
Covent Garden had lined up "this large young man" as a possible stand-in and a star was born.
In 1972 he famously hit nine high C's in a row in "Daughter of the Regiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera, which he referred to as "my home".
Thirty years later, Pavarotti was still one of the highest paid classical singers even though his public performances were fewer and further between.
Medical problems beset "Big Luciano" in the final years of his career, forcing him to cancel several dates of his marathon worldwide farewell tour.
In July 2006 he underwent surgery in New York for pancreatic cancer and retreated to his villa in the Italian city of Modena. He said he hoped to resume the tour soon but had to cancel his first planned public appearance a few months later.
"I have had everything in life, really everything. And if everything is taken away from me, with God we're even and quits," he said in one of his last interviews.
On the few occasions he performed in the past decade, Pavarotti was criticised for his lack of mobility, sometimes seating his large frame centre stage to belt out the arias.
He was also criticised for dropping out of operas diva-like at the last minute and for failing to hit all the notes, prompting critics to say his voice no longer had the stamina to perform more than a few pieces at a time.
In 1992, he admitted miming to recorded music during what was supposed to be a live concert because he had not prepared. He offered to pay the BBC the full cost of the broadcast.
But fans never stopped praising him.
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  1. Een van die grotes, nê? Ek het bietjie foto's opgesit wat hier by ons op dit TV-nuus was.

  2. Dankie..sal bietjie loer!

  3. It is very sad !! not a big fan of opera, do have Cd of Placido , and am a fan of Mario Lanza , .... sadly missed !! moving music !! they sang

  4. Ek gebruik 'n DVD-opnemer, sien my inskrywing http://mykopop-n.blogspot.com/2007/07/lg-rh-1999-dvd-opnemer.html , om dit op 'n DVD-RW te neem en op die rekenaar gebruik ek dan PowerDVD om "screen shots" te vat. Hoop nie die SAUK wil my eendag opsluit daarvoor nie.