06 September 2007

The Louis Armstrong of Opera

In my adult life, one man embodied the heart and soul of opera to those of us who gave a damn about great music. We lost that man last night. As the Washington Post put it this morning:
... Millions of listeners who never came close to setting foot in an opera house knew and loved Pavarotti through his countless appearances on television and in stadium concerts -- especially the spectacularly successful Three Tenors marathons with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. The Decca recording of their first collaboration became far and away the best-selling classical album in history, with upward of 15 million copies distributed to date. ....
Luciano Pavarotti, requiescat in pace.

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