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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)


I heard on the news this morning that Luciano Pavarotti lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. I was surprised at the sadness that filled my heart when I heard the news. As one person said today in their description of Pavarotti - "There were tenors, and then there was Luciano Pavarotti." I guess I feel some small connections with him that made him seem more personal to me.

My mission in Italy started in the magical town of Modena, which happens to be the birth place of Pavarotti. While I was in Modena, I actually met a man who sang with Pavarotti in high school. His name was Oscar Bozzoli. Oscar would tell us about Pavarotti and his memories with him... and then he'd sing for us in his large tenor voice. And, somehow those interactions with Oscar made me feel like I also knew Pavarotti.


The funeral services today will be held at the Modena Duomo, which I rode past on my bike at least 10 times a day for the 6 months that I was in Modena.


The relatively unknown city of Modena still feels like home to me, even 8 years later. My thoughts are filled with memories of Italy and sadness at the death of a great man who touched the world with his voice.

7 comments:

Amy said...

The video was beautiful, thank you for that. Do you know the name of the song? I know I've heard it before.

Calamity Jane said...

Beautiful! Ah Megan, let's go I'm ready, it seems so beautiful, the music really makes the pictures that you posted come to life.

Marc and Megan said...

Hi Amy! The name of the song is "Nessun Dorma", which means "no one sleeps." It's such a beautiful song!

Marc and Megan said...

Calamity, you have no idea how badly I wish I was there right now. When I first got home from Italy, I felt a very strong pull to go back for probably about six months, and then slowly it faded... and with all these memories resurfacing, that strong pull has come back. I feel homesick today. You would love it there so much! :)

Calamity Jane said...

Hey you haven't posted for awhile, I miss you guys, is everything ok?

Kamie said...

I miss you too!!

Marc and Megan said...

Aw, you guys are so sweet! Thanks for missing us! We missed you, too! We should have warned you we'd be gone! :)