I just read that Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) died late last night after a battle with pancreatic cancer. What a sad day. He was able to do something for me that I would have previously predicted that no one would be able to do: develop an appreciation in me for opera music. His rendition of Nessum Dorma - his signature song - is one of the greatest musical performances ever:
Luciano, you will be missed...
A couple of trivia items regarding Pavarotti - Did you know:
- That he would always perform with a bent nail in his pocket that he had found somewhere on the stage?
- That he holds the world record for the longest standing ovation? Ninety minutes!!! Wow!