********************I will admit that I have never been much of an opera fan. Come to think of it, the only one in my family who ever admitted to liking opera was my Uncle Bill - he who lived for years in San Diego, had long hair past his shoulders, and introduced me to Elton John for the very first time. Just goes to show you really can't judge a book by its cover.
Still, even though I am admittedly not an opera fan, I know good music when I hear it and Luciano Pavarotti was the master of good music. When he opened his mouth and sang, I almost wished I was an opera fan the music was so good. Sadly, the man who could sing anything he put his mind to up to and including Ordinary World with Simon LeBon, Stormy Monday with Eric Clapton, or even Come Back to Sorrento with Meat Loaf (yes, Meat Loaf!) left this earthly plane yesterday to take his place among the angels.
For an excellent tribute to the magic that was Pavarotti, please read Jamie's post at Duward Discussion as she can do it so much better than I ever could. As the world says good-bye to another of it's great talents, what I really wanted to leave you with was the best version of Ave Maria I have ever heard. It gives me goosebumps every time.
Arrivederci, Luciano, ed è con gli angeli.