Pavarotti Dead at 71.


macrumors 603
Sep 5, 2005
Bath, United Kingdom
Sad. Now it's up to Placido Domingo and the other guy to pick up the slack.
Well that is the sad thing about Pavarotti. For most people he was one of the "Three Tenors Act" — like a circus act — and not remembered for the incredible singer he was for decades before. :(

He certainly was no great all-round artist — with that amount of weight he was severely hampered on stage — but in his prime he had a glorious voice.:)

BTW, he died from pancreatic cancer. The same that Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a couple years ago right? :(

"The other guy" I guess you mean Jose Carreras?


macrumors 601
Mar 4, 2005
.. London ..
Just a stunning voice and by all accounts, a gentleman.
Well, he was honoured as one of the greatest fundraisers for the UN Refugee Council, but he also fiddled his taxes, was fined millions by the Italian government, had a series of affairs (in a way that upset much of the italian public, where affairs are a way of life), was branded a traitor to the italian nation, got thrown out of the Chicago opera (they swore never to work again with him) cos of his unreliablity and lateness, and pissed off many other people in the industry with his unreliablity.

Well, nobody's perfect.

I'm still getting over my shock at finding out about (typographer and sculptor) Eric Gill's secret life.


macrumors 603
Jun 25, 2002
LaLaLand, CA
Very sad. I was a big fan of his. Heard awhile ago that he wasn't doing to well. Professionally, he was a diva in more ways than one. And his personal life was very screwed up. But he was a nice enough guy, at least to his fans and most of those who worked with him, and a great talent. Always willing to work with charities as well. He was one of those I looked up to back when I was learning opera.

I'll have to go find his albums somewhere and play some of them later. :(


Mar 4, 2006
I saw him perform with Domingo and Carreras in Pretoria back in 1999. He had a voice that could make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. An amazing talent, and a real loss.


macrumors 603
Jan 31, 2005
Omaha, NE, USA
I think for most British people, it will always be 1990 when Pavarotti came to their attention, when the BBC used his version of Nessun Dorma for their World Cup theme music.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 7, 2007
Such a beautiful voice -- so clean and warm and soft. He could hit a high C and make it sound easy. He also brought so much attention to a beautiful artform that had struggled for decades. :(


macrumors 6502
May 13, 2004
As a professional musician myself, I have many influences. In my specialty, saxophone, I don't have one player that I think is ideal. The same is true for the brass and string players I listen to. There are aspects of many players I admire. However, with voice, I have no greater maker for a beautiful sound than Mr. Pavarotti. In my opinion he was unmatched in tonal quality. Vocalist or instrumentalist.

Although his technique and stamina was not as good in recent years, in his prime I don't think anyone possessed a more musical sound of any style or genre, instrument or voice. Ignoring non-musical attributes of his personality (and his foray into mainstream music), I fear there is no one today that has such a beautiful tone quality. The world has lost a special voice


Jan 18, 2005
This really shocked me. Me and Caroline were having breakfast when we found out, opera is a big part of her life (brought up on it, her mum was an opera singer etc..). BBC News showed that clip of him singing at the world cup, and he cries at the end. Made me get a little teary eyed too :eek:

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
Sure did. He had the voice, but have you seen his backstage rider? Google it, he was definitely a diva in both senses of the word. Er, except that he was a dude. And a womanizer at that.
The reason I ask is that by definition, a diva is a woman. Maybe it was the beard that fooled me. ;)