Pavarotti dies…

Even if tenors and opera are not your thing, Pavarotti was hard to miss. Not least with his rendition of Nessun Dorma for Italia 90. Best comment I’ve heard yet was Jeremy Isaacs on Radio 4 this morning: “He couldn’t act for toffee, with his body. He let his voice do all the acting for him.” He was 71.

Che gelida manina! se la lasci riscaldar.
Cercar che giova? al buio non si trova.
Ma per fortuna e una notte di luna,
E qui la luna labbiiamo vicina.
Aspetti, signorina, le diro con due parole chi son,
Chi son, e che faccio, come vivo, vuole?
Chi son? chi son? son un poeta.
Che cosa faccio? scrivo. e come vivo? vivo.
In poverta mia lieta scialo da gran signore
Rimi ed inni damore.
Per sogni e per chimere e per castelli in aria
Lanima ho milionaria.
Talor del mio forziere ruban tutti
I gioielle due ladri: gli occhi belli.
Ventrar con voi pur ora ed I miei sogni usati,
Ed I bei sogni miei tosto si dileguar!
Ma il furto non maccora poiche,
Poiche vha preso stanza la speranza.
Or che mi conoscete parlate voi.
Deh parlate. chi siete? vi piaccia dir?

  • Pounder

    I was never an opera fan, though I can appreciate it it will never be a part of my soul. Pavarotti was the icon of the opera world. He will be missed.

  • smcgiff

    “…He let his voice do all the acting for him.”

    Made pretty good use of a hanky also.

    I’ve a wide (although selective within a genre) taste in music, except perhaps Country & Western. Opera sung well can be very powerful, and puts Rhianna and her umbrella firmly in its place.

  • francesco

    ciao lucià!

  • Alan Anderson

    A great great Tenor. He will be missed

  • Rubicon

    Radio 4 getting carried away with themselves – again! Acting? Puccini? Give me breath – they’ll be criticising the plot next – the puffed up apes!

    One of the great singers of all time – the was what he was and he was superb. I’m sure Luciano wasn’r a great welder, plumber and wasn’t great at launching rockets either.

    Sometimes listening to Radio 4 reminds you need to get a life. Pavarotti devilered that message better.