[telling young Sonarman Beaumont about Jones's most embarrassing moment] Watson: Seaman Jones here is into music in a big way, and he views this whole boat as his own personal, private stereo set. Well, one day he's got this piece of Pavarotti... Seaman Jones: It was Paganini. Watson: Whatever. Seaman Jones: It was Paganini. Watson: Look, this is my story, okay? Seaman Jones: Then tell it right, COB. Pavarotti is a tenor, Paganini was a composer. Watson: So anyway, he's got this music out in the water, and he's listening to it on his headsets, and he's just happy as a clam. And then all hell breaks loose. See, there's this whole slew of boats out in the water... Seaman Jones: Including one WAY out at Pearl! Watson: Including one way the hell out at Pearl. All of a sudden, they start hearing, Pavarotti... Beaumont: Pavarotti! Watson: Coming up their a***s!
Stalking is when two people go for a long romantic walk together but only one of them knows about it.
ROME - Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C's and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday. He was 71.
His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August.
"The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness," the statement said.
Rest In Piece, Luciano. You will be sorely missed.
Prayers are with his loved ones. I grew up with Pavarotti with my dad being a big classical opera fan. Great man with a sense of humor! 3 Tenors, PBS specials, seeing him live...priceless!
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I'd heard just yesterday that he wasn't doing as well. I'm not that terribly surprised at hearing this, although it is a bit sudden. I always liked his performance of "Nessun Dorma," from Puccini's opera Turandot.
He's also responsible for one of the silliest lines in movie history, from his rather tepid 1982 musical comedy Yes, Giorgio!:
Giorgio Fini (Pavarotti): Pamela, you are a thirsty plant; Fini can water you!
Pamela Taylor (Kathryn Harrold): I don't want to be watered on by Fini!
Never has a death of someone in Opera given me such mixed emotions.
In many ways, he was truly the greatest tenor of my time. His early work in Donizetti is incomparable. To see how truly riveting his was on stage, try to see a copy of his first rendition of L'Elisir d'Amore, done at the Met with Judith Blegen. Fascinating. And, of course, the miraculous " 9 High C" performance of La Fille du Regiment. An incredible talent which will never be matched. His early Rigoletto's were marvelous. He even brought I Lombardi back to life, and put some interest in Don Carlos, which I've never cared that much for beyond a scene or two.
Yet, he was not a hard worker; He skipped a lot of repertory for which he could have truly provided some terrific insight; and for many many years he coasted on a reputation rather than working hard to try new things and maintain his gift and ability. As much as we mourn the loss of his talent, we'll also remember what might have been.
In the end, it is all he did to bring opera to the common man (and vice versa). I would have loved to hear him sing in a few certain roles, but am happy to have heard him in so many others.