Opera legend Pavarotti dies

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September
06 2007

Opera legend Pavarotti dies

Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at his home in the Italian city of Modena.
People around the world are in mourning for the man, thought by many to be the greatest tenor of his generation.

Here are just some of the reactions sent in to the BBC News website

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Operàs most famous name, Luciano Pavarotti, has died.

The 71-year-old Italian singer who brought classical music to the masses lost his year-long battle with pancreatic cancer in the early hours of today.

The larger-than-life star always acknowledged that the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod changed his life.
He sang at the eisteddfod with his father’s Modena choir in 1955 and on winning the eisteddfod decided to leave his teaching job for a career in music.

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Italian Opera Star Pavarotti Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer
It’s sad news from the world of opera, as fans around the world learn of the death of a superstar.

Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti, 71, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday night.

The face is familiar, even if you don't follow opera. His voice is unmistakable.

Born in 1935, Pavarotti's career took off in 1961 when we won a local singing competition.

Pavarotti rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s for performing worldwide in opera houses.

He topped the pop charts with his perfect pitch.

He made his big American debut in San Francisco in 1982.

In 1990, at...

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Luciano Pavarotti: Your reactions
I did his make-up for many performances at the Royal Opera House. He was always a great pleasure to work with. When I asked him for his wig for his performance of Nemorino, he gave me a bundle of hair from his pocket. I said "what the hell do you want me to do with this?". He replied "you will show me you are just as good a make-up artist as I am a tenor". So many great memories of "Big Lucy", he will be missed. He was the greatest of them all.
Ron Freeman, UK

Oh, Pavarotti! You helped me through some of the darkest moments of the past twenty years. My daughters grew up with you as their baby music, the first generation of infant opera fans. The most amazing, inspiring and astonishing voice I have ever known. You have enabled so many to express emotion that may otherwise have been left to atrophy. Love and Peace Luciano.
Nelson, New Zealand

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Pavarotti on the radio this morning. I met him in the late '60s when I was singing in the chorus of the Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival. I met him many times after that, while I was singing in the Chorus of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. He always took time to shake my hand and have a little chat. He was a lovely man and a great inspiration to me. He was one year older that me. He will be greatly missed.
David Young, retired opera singer, London

A sad day. As a cameraman, at the time, I had the privilege of working with Pavarotti on a number of occasions and without a doubt he was the most outstanding person I have ever worked with. I've never been star-struck but he had the ability to bestow this on me. He was an amazing person.
Nick Tadd, Guildford

I first met Luciano Pavarotti one hour before going on stage at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to sing the title role of Verdi's Aida. We sang together again the following year at a Gala concert at the legendary Arena of Verona. He was not the greatest actor, but that made no difference. He was a huge personality and his tenor voice was unequalled in its power and brilliance. I join with Placido Domingo and others in mourning his loss to the world.
Rosalind Plowbright OBE, Salisbury
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