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Pavarotti's Final Curtain Call

9/8/2007 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

World-renowned opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was large in life -- and his funeral, in his home town of Modena, Italy, was equally grand.

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The singer, who died Thursday at the age of 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, is a mega-star in the opera universe. His private invitation-only funeral, held in Modena's main cathedral, was attended by fellow opera stars Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, as well as U2's Bono and a slew of Italian dignitaries.

The funeral was broadcast in Modena's main piazza and watched by thousands of mourners as Pavarotti's vocal performances were played over the city's loud speakers. Luciano set a world record for the most curtain calls -- 165.

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Ti amo, Luciano! GRAZIE MILLE for your beautiful voice which will live on and on. You will be sorely missed, but thank God we can still hear you. And so can the angels.

As for the people making the nasty comment, obviously you feel inferior that you are so ignorant of a great man that many loved. Your comments are FAR FAR more gross and vile than anyone's hair could ever be. What a shame there are so many ugly people like you in the world. But thank God there are so many people who appreciate the blessing we have.

2569 days ago


A true talent. Too bad most in this country don't have a clue who he was.
It must be awful to go through life knowing nothing beyond Brittany Spears.

2569 days ago


So sorry about his passing. His gift to us will always be with us...we were blessed to have him...

peace to his soul...

2569 days ago


Pavarotti was indeed the best there ever was. I am a huge fan of his. But TMZ if you do an article, do your research better. Domingo and Carreras did not attend the funeral or the service. Both had prior booked engagements to attend.

Domingo had to conduct a concert in Los Angeles and Carreras had a concert in Bonn, Germany. Just for your information and to correct your error

Rest in peace Maestro......

2569 days ago


I had the pleasure of seeing the Maestro perform live in 1995. I still get goosebumps when I hear his music remembering the thrill of being in the same room when he sang that night. If you'd like to look at videos of his performances, go to YouTube and search for a duet he did with a guy named Roberto (I don't know who he is) They sang Ave Maria, and while the other man sings, the expressions on Luciano's face show just how much he felt the beauty of the music. Roberto sings beautifully, but when Luciano's turn comes, his voice is so amazingly rich and filled with emotion that Roberto's sounds thin and weak in comparison. There will never be another quite like him. BTW, lighten up on the people making comments regarding the dye jobs! Even he would have to admit they looked awful. If you ever see interviews with him or about him, you'll know he had a wonderful sense of humor. The dye jobs were initially done for operatic roles when he portrayed younger men, and I guess he just didn't know how to stop. The dripping, dripping, dripping in his soup comment made me LOL, and I've been crying off and on since he died. How fortunate we are to have access still to his legendary talent.

2569 days ago


o dio go to god

2569 days ago


Does anyone know who the artist is of the caricature with this story?

2568 days ago


His voice sounded like a perfectly clear stream. I don't believe we will ever hear a voice like his again. Godspeed,ciao.

2557 days ago
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