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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.