Thursday, September 06, 2007

Una Furtiva Lagrima per Luciano Pavarotti

The news of the death today of Luciano Pavarotti in Modena of pancreatic cancer moves me to post this video of him singing my favorite aria, "Una Furtiva Lagrima," from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. He was such a great artist, whose voice we instantly recognize from the first notes we hear him sing, and, though I never met him, was such a huge and human personality. I think back upon the hundreds of hours I have spent listening to Pavarotti and shed una furtiva lacrima of my own for Luciano tonight. CNN says that his greatest achievement was to "bring classical music to the masses," which is of course nonsense. He was an artist and his greatest achievement was his art.

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