No one shall sleep!...
No one shall sleep!
Even you, o Princess,
in your cold room,
Watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know...
On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!...
(No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
Vanish, o night!
Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn... victory! Victory! Victory!
Lucianno Pavarotti passed away early this morning at his home in Modena, a victim of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
I don't really know what you say about someone who was as dominant a force in any form of entertainment as Pavarotti was. He simply dominated the world of tenors, and thankfully, he deserved it.
As a non-professional listener, it seems to me that where others sometimes sounded a bit bellowing, he sounded sweet, powerful, and emotive... especially when it came to Italian operas. Clearly, while he was an avid student of the former masters, I think he managed to surpass them in many important respects.
It's almost unfair, really, just how incredibly talented he was. Unfair, in the sense that while living and now even in death, all other tenors will have to face such a comparison, both from the general audience, and from within themselves. And, thanks to technology, we're able to keep, distribute, and perfectly preserve such greatness, to the point that the audience is really a bit spoiled and jaded. But at least we are (and will continue to be...) spoiled and jaded by Pavarotti.
I really don't know how as a tenor you get much better than Pavarotti... but I'd sure like to hear them try.
*** UPDATE ***
rollina reports on the happenings from Pavarotti's hometown of Modena, Italy:
"They put the barriers around the inner city already, CNN is here together with tens other networks, the mayor invited us to keep calm. But hardly Modena will be able to contain the ocean that will flow inside the town from tonite till saturday.
Yep, it was a genuine man from Modena the one who left us today. And that, as a musician and as I am from Modena, touches me more than I'd have expected. He was from Modena, I'm from Modena. He and his wife-to-be (Adua, the first and only) went to the high school together with my mom. His sister Gabriella was my gym teacher for 5 years at the high school. Even if he was on the wane since years already, Luciano has been and will forever be one of the greatest tenors (perhaps the greatest) in history.
Maybe you can't say the same of the man, but this, now, doesn't matter.
The burial chamber has been settled in Modena's Cathedral and has been opened to people this evening from 08.00pm to midnight; tomorrow it will re-open from 06.00am to midnight and on saturday again from 06.00am to 01.00pm. The funeral will take place on saturday at 03.00pm, then he'll be buried in Montale Rangone, a very little town near Modena.
I know for sure they'll broadcast the funeral on the main italian network and in eurovision, and I guess many other networks will do the same. And I'm sure the vid will be broadcasted soon on the web too."
Indeed, Modena's main newspaper's website is almost entirely given over to news about Pavarotti's death today. Rumors are that Andrea Bocelli will be one of several performers attending and/or performing at the funeral. .