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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

A few months ago, as part of our Vocal Impressions series, we asked you to describe the sound of Luciano Pavarotti's voice. Here's what some of you said.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

The universe vibrating outside of your body.

BLOCK: Humanity taking a victory lap.

NORRIS: And all the magnificent architecture that has yet to be built.

BLOCK: All creative words to memorialize the late tenor. We also wanted to remember Pavarotti today with one of his performances, "Vesti la Giubba" from the opera, "I Pagliacci." The opera is a tragedy about Canio, a jealous husband who's also the leader of a troop of traveling clowns. Here, Canio has just discovered that his wife is cheating on him. Yet, the show must go on.

NORRIS: "Vesti la Giubba," he sings, put on your costume.

(Soundbite of song "Vesti la Giubba")

Mr. LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (Opera Singer): (Singing in foreign language)

BLOCK: Lucian Pavarotti performing "Vesti la Giubba" from the opera, "I Pagliacci." The Italian tenor died of pancreatic cancer today at his home in Modena. He was 71.

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