REMEMBERING A LEGEND

It is hard to believe that eight years ago, the prodigious Tenor, succumbed to pancreatic cancer and was eradicated from his fans world-wide.

Luciano Pavarotti, a name that has been engraved into the hearts of many was nothing less than the Duke of Mantua to his Kingdom brimming with enamored and ardent followers. His stupendous tone flowed dexterously into the ears of listeners which would leave their eyes gleaming to his stage presence and their lips beaming to his every phrase whether it may be a love duet such as O Soave Fanciulla from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme or a fiery Mamma, Quel Vino è Generoso from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.

The Maestro’s musicianship has never failed to amaze us and his humility towards people in general whether may they be colleagues, journalists, fans or foes exhibited the character of a much noble man.

Pavarotti’s career flourished throughout the years into an art that is beyond majestic; even his last performance at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy was considered as a magnificent emotional turmoil.

As the Olympics torch was blasting its fire; Pavarotti’s first sentence “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot detonated all senses and emotions of those watching him. The echo of pain was obvious when he sang the sentence “…guardi le stelle che tremano d’amore, e di speranza” (watch the stars that tremble with love and with hope) where he didn’t have the strength to properly attack the note and went flat. His agony and sensitivity was highly shown in his breathtaking legato of “Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me; il nome mio nessun saprà” (but my secret is hidden within me; none will know my name) which echoed all around the stadium. And just before the climactic end of the aria, as the orchestra carries the audience into a mist, Pavarotti stands consoling the listeners with his magnetizing smile trying to hide his true feelings of despair and ends the aria with the most stunning affirmation of victory; as he ends with an A4 on “vincero”, he keeps his mouth opened, grasping the elixir of life from the cheers and ecstasy around him.

On the 6th of September 2007, the stupendous Tenor left his earthly body, yet his voice still soars and embraces the souls of many.

Hai vinto Maestro; you won!

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