There have been tenors, but then there was Luciano Pavarotti.
Today, a giant of the 20th Century died. The Master of Italian lyrical music, Luciano Pavarotti, died. The loss is immense. Pavarotti was one of the most important tenors of the history of opera and also a great, charismatic man who was a symbol of Italy. All of the world is in mourning at the loss of his presence, as is the Italian community of Miami. For us a great Italian symbol has died, one of our greatest treasures.
I received the news last night at 11pm Miami time when Italy was still deep in sleep and unaware of the world's loss. I never met the master in person, but in the last ten years that I have been living in the States, Pavarotti made me proud of being an Italian. Two days ago my office manager was listening to Pavarotti's "Nessun Dorma." As he invited the others in the office to hear the delicious notes, it was with great satisfaction that in that moment, I realized the others were listening to an Italian masterpiece, Pavarotti, the greatest tenor alive. We in Miami send our condolences to the Maestro, and wherever he is in the universe right now, I am sure that his song is fascinating those around him.