Famous Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti died of pancreatic cancer at his home in the northern city of Modena today. He was 71 years old. Pavarotti was born in the outskirts of Modena, Italy, on 12th October 1935. He was the the son of Adele (Venturi), a cigar factory worker, and Fernando Pavarotti, a baker and singer.
Read the full story in this BBC report.
As a child, Pavarotti was interested in sports; soccer above all. When he graduated from the Schola Magistrale, he faced the dilemma of a career choice. He was interested in pursuing a career as a professional soccer player, but his mother convinced him to train as a teacher. He subsequently taught in an elementary school for two years but finally allowed his interest in music to win out. Recognizing the risk involved, his father gave his consent only reluctantly, the agreement being that Pavarotti would be given free room and board until age 30, after which time, if he had not succeeded, he would earn a living by any means that he could. Read more about his life in Wikipedia.
Pavarotti sold insurance to pay for his singing lessons - MSNBC
"With the encouragement of his then fiancee, Adua Veroni, he started lessons, selling insurance to pay for them. He studied with Arrigo Pola and later Ettore Campogalliani."
Pavarotti enjoyed 40 years on the world stage and became one of the world's biggest-selling artists.
"He was one of those rare artists who affected the lives of people across the globe in all walks of life" London's Royal Opera House
Pavarotti's death reminds us of our mortality as human beings.
Everyone will have to die one day; no one can live forever. It is thus everyone's obligation to live the best life they can. To sing one' s own song.
When I review my life one day, I want to be able to say with pride, that "I have no regrets having lived; I have lived the best life I could. I have also sang my own song"
Luciano Pavarotti. Farewell.
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