Italian Opera Tenor Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71
Pavarotti died Thursday in Italy after suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
Pavarotti sold millions of records and raised millions of dollars for various charities through benefit concerts. He shared the stage with many stars, from Liza Minnelli to U2's Bono.
Pavarotti graduated from a teaching institute in 1955 and proceeded to teach elementary school and work as an insurance salesman. In 1961 he made his operatic debut as Rudolfo in "La Boheme". His fame spread from there and in 1965 his American career began. Beginning with New York's Metropolitan Opera House where he gave 379 performances to ultimate stardom in 1972 when he hit nine high C notes in an aria.
Bono released a statement about his friend...
"Some can sing opera, Luciano Pavarotti was an opera. No one could inhabit those acrobatic melodies and words like him. He lived the songs, his opera was a great mash of joy and sadness; surreal and earthy at the same time; a great volcano of a man who sang fire but spilled over with a love of life in all its complexity, a great and generous friend."