Friday, September 7, 2007

Crowd Mourned Luciano Pavarotti (†71) in Modena, Italy

Excerpts - Admirers massed by the hundreds in Modena's main piazza Thursday night to pay their final respects to Luciano Pavarotti, the tenor cherished by many as "the last, great voice" of Italian opera… In his heyday, Pavarotti was known as "the King of the High C's" for his ease at hitting the top notes… While opera lovers treasure recordings with soprano Joan Sutherland, Pavarotti slipped into the CD collections of the hipper set mixing notes with Elton John, the Spice Girls, Cheryl Crow and Liza Minnelli, among others…He was the best-selling classical artist, with more than 100 million records sold since the 1960s, and he had the first classical album to reach No. 1 on the pop charts… AP reports from Modena & Milan

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