Pavarotti's butler

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Pavarotti's butler

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Re: Pavarotti's butler

Post by barney » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:02 pm

Interesting article.
As I may have written before, I saw Pavarotti live only twice. The first time I queued up from 5am at Covent Garden in 1981 to get a ticket to hear him in a Masked Ball (with Montserrat Caballe and Renato Bruson). The second time was at the end of his life, in Melbourne in 2005, when he was doing a "farewell tour". It was an utter travesty. The voice had almost entirely gone; he had to rest for a bar before essaying a high note, which was usually a strangled squawk. After the performance, he came to a table near mine (we were in an outer part) and I noticed that he had two complete meals. You don't get a frame like his by accident.

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Re: Pavarotti's butler

Post by Lance » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:54 pm

Very interesting, Barney. Pavarotti was a very sick man at the end, everything to live for (and he did pretty good at it by any standards). Good that we have so many recordings that still provide endless enjoyment regardless of repertoire. I often wonder how Caruso would sound given magnetic tape days, or digital days.
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