Luciano Pavarotti has died, from cancer of the pancreas, and been buried this week. Pavarotti was launched into popular culture singing the opening of Italia 90 (Football World Cup (Soccer!!)) and performing with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. He subsequently did much to popularise classical music, and performed also with many popular singers, whilst retaining his identity as an opera singer.

As used by BBC for opening of their TV coverage of the 1990 World Cup, with his signature tube Nessun Dorma:

Three Tenors Performace:

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che fremono d’amore
e di speranza.

Ma il mio mistero e chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun sapra!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo diro
quando la luce splendera!

Ed il mio bacio sciogliera il silenzio
che ti fa mia!

(Il nome suo nessun sapra!…
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)

Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All’alba vincero!
vincero, vincero!

1980 Performace in New York

None must sleep! None must sleep!
And you, too, Princess,
in your cold room,
gaze at the stars
which tremble with love
and hope!

But my mystery is locked within me,
no-one shall know my name!
No, no, I shall say it as my mouth
meets yours when the dawn is breaking!

And my kiss will break the silence
which makes you mine!

(No-one shall know his name,
and we, alas, shall die!)

Vanish, o night!
Fade, stars!
At dawn I shall win

Pavarotti’s last performance, at the opening of the 2006 Winter Olympics:

Addendum 6 October 2007

Pavarotti performed with many popular artists in his concert, Pavarotti and friends. Here he performs with the remaining members of Queen, ‘Too much love will kill you’ written by Brian May.


2 Responses

  1. I like this one

  2. Ah thanks, Brain May returned to university recently to complete his Phd studies in astrophysics. He is currently waiting for his degree to be confirmed after passing his viva and making some corrections.

    He has also written a book with Patrick Moore and an astrophysicist Chris Lintott called ‘Bang!’.

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