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Luciano Pavarotti
(1935 - 2007)


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Name: Mr Luciano Pavarotti
Gender: Male
Age: 71 years old
Lived: Saturday, 12 October 1935 - Thursday, 6 September 2007

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We remember Luciano Pavarotti, the legendary Italian tenor who died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

From his small beginnings, Pavarotti rose to great heights, performing in front of 500,000 people in New York's Central Park a concert seen by millions on television and before another 300,000 at Paris' Eiffel Tower.

He won countless awards and honors including five Grammys and was named United Nations Messenger for Peace by then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He launched an international competition, The Pavarotti International Voice Competition, in 1982. He even founded a teaching facility for young singers in his home town.

His signature aria, Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" from "Turandot," was chosen as the theme music for the 1990 soccer World Cup, hosted by Italy. He also performed the aria at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

The great singer was also known as an equestrian expert, organizing one of the international show jumping circuit's most important competitions, the Pavarotti International, in Modena. Coinciding with that event, Pavarotti also staged an annual charity concert, Pavarotti and Friends.

Amid reports this week that his condition was worsening, it was announced in Rome on Tuesday by Italy's cultural minister, Francesco Rotelli, Pavarotti was to receive a newly created prize for excellence in cultural achievement.

Pavarotti's influence was one reason opera has gained new audiences in recent years despite some problems that could affect future gains.

The New York Times' Alan Riding pointed out in a February article that ironically, the modern-day popularity of operatic work has prompted the building of new opera houses in many major cities, including Copenhagen, Tokyo and soon Beijing, at a time when the repertoire remains rooted in centuries-old work and the costs of production make tickets prohibitive for most younger would-be audience members.

For opera to survive today, Riding wrote, it needs not only new music but also "exciting young singers." Pavarotti was that singer, in the right place and the right time for his generation.

He sang until he couldn't sing anymore. When cancer finally stopped Pavarotti from singing, it was only the second interruption of his career.

"I think I just stop for one year when from a kid I become a man and the voice is changing," he said in 1991. "I was an alto and become a tenor and that is the only time I think I remember to have stopped singing. Otherwise I have sung all my life."

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Your voice will be deeply missed...your legend continues
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Loved your music, a sad loss.
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Goodbye Big Luciano
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Addio, per sempre, Luciano. You were one of the greatest!
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Eternal rest grant unto Luciano Pavorotti, O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.


Fathers Name: Fernando Pavarotti
Mothers Name: Adele Venturi
Country of Birth: Italy
Country of Residence: Italy
Occupation: Entertainment
Marital Status: Married


Favourite Team: Juventus F.C.


Date of Passing: 6 September 2007
Cause of Passing: Pancreatic Cancer
Type of Funeral: Modena Cathedral
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