Ten years ago the death of the great tenor: a nice, generous person with a natural charisma and a crystal clear, powerful, unmistakable, vibrant and rich voice. Luciano Pavarotti has been the only opera singer able to gather 200,000 people at Central Park in New York for an immense free concert.
In the world it represented the positive image of Italy, with his beautiful voice, his passion for music and his proverbial love for good food.
Pavarotti worked with some of the greatest conductors, from Karajan to Muti, receiving thunderous applause in the major theaters all over the world, from La Scala in Milan to the Metropolitan of New York. But he also sang with tenors Domingo and Carreras to form a phenomenal trio whose vocal power astonished the whole world.
Big Luciano’s talent was greatly appreciated by light music artists too; and, despite the fact that his mighty voice was devoted to the opera, the Modenese tenor, in 1992, accepted the proposal of singer-songwriter Zucchero Fornaciari to sing together the song ‘Miserere’. The magic took place in a studio and the result was a masterpiece. The collaboration turned out to be the first of the many duets in which the tenor took part in Modena, during ‘Pavarotti and Friends’, a charitable event organized by Pavarotti and his second wife, Nicoletta Mantovani. The event was so successful that it was repeated for ten editions between 1992 and 2003.
In his last years, when he was already suffering with the disease that led to his death, he devoted himself to teach pro bono young singers, many of whom, like Eleonora Buratto, became internationally renowned singers.
Ilona Scarlett Catani