Thursday, 6 September 2007

Two tenors left

Perhaps the best known face in opera today is no more. The world is a poorer and a sadder place for the loss of the magnificent voice of Luciano Pavarotti.
We have been blessed in the age of the CD and digital recording to get such faithful and powerful recordings of the work of such people.
I grew up in the wake of the death of Mario Lanza, who in turn immortalised for millions one Enrico Caruso, whose voices both captivated the ears and hearts of many.
Pavarotti has likewise captivated hearts, and one would have to say with a finer voice than either Caruso or Lanza, who were amateurs by comparison.
Although we see Ten Tenors and Il Divo, with fine voices indeed, but also the attempt to create opera superstars. In the end you have to have the force of personality, which indeed Pavarotti had.
Didn't seem to be able to act for nuts, until he sang. We will indeed be poorer.
I remember the first time I heard the Verdi Requiem almost bizarre in its floridity, quite unliturgical. And Yes, Pavarotti was singing. Somehow that is being sung for him now. May he indeed rest peacefully and in harmony.

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