It’s taken a few hours to fully digest that he’s gone. I’m still not quite believing Luciano Pavarotti, arguably the greatest tenor that’s ever lived in the era of mass culture, died at his home in Modena today with his wife and children by his side. The man was only 71.

You have to understand: Pavarotti’s music has had a huge impact on me and my life. My mom was a big opera and classical music fan for years when I was growing up and I used to hear Pavarotti’s music circulating around my house all the time when I was little. I watched religiously the Three Tenors concerts during the World Cups of 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. His performance at the Turin Winter Olympics’ Opening Ceremony will go down as one of the great moments in Olympic history.

And, of course, there’s that song – Nessun Dorma, which is just such a beautiful aria that it almost brings you to tears hearing it.

Rest in peace, Luciano. I’m already missing you.


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