King of the High C's

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Here's why Luciano Pavarotti was so superlative: in our morning meeting, we literally had a small scuffle over whether he hit eight or nine high Cs in his famous performance as Tonio in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment. (It was nine.) The towering tenor died last night at the age of 71, and because there's almost nothing more that can be said about him, we've decided to play you the Donizetti aria (it's "Ah! Mes amis") in its entirety. Enjoy.*

*I do want to add that Pavarotti's general classiness is one more reason to abjure opera porn.

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Guess all your listeners took you literally, since no one had anything to say about his passing. Nor do I, particularly, although I did enjoy a small dose of his singing yesterday.

Sent by kathryn | 8:57 AM | 9-7-2007

these philistines may be totally unaware, but i for 1 am not. I thoroughly enjoyed the late lucianos range in verdis brindisi, (an aria from the great la traviata). His flawles voice is proof that among the mediocre an exceptional exists...

Sent by V dot (a supposed yob) | 10:48 PM | 9-8-2007

A heartfelt "thank you" to KUHF FM Houston for airing the 2-hr. tribute Sat. evening, "Pavarotti at 70" and for the tribute to him today on "The Front Row". We mourn the passing of this great man.

Sent by Rhita McNair | 1:18 AM | 9-11-2007