Pavarotti’s Swan Song

Luciano Pavarotti passed away from cancer at age 71. What a voice! He was also opera’s most quotable star. Here are some of his greatest hits.

  • "If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them."
  • "I know one second before if is not going well. Absolutely. I feel it."
  • "I am open to everything."
  • "I made 12 duets. It was such a pleasure to know these people from the inside, not from the cover of an album."
  • "If you are gifted from God, He give you the gift of the voice, and even the intelligence to drive it."
  • "In opera, as with any performing art, to be in great
    demand and to command high fees you must be good of course, but you
    must also be famous. The two are different things.
  • "Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail."
  • "Sometime to be called Pavarotti is not always an advantage."
  • "The better voice doesn’t mean being a better singer."
  • "You don’t need any brains to listen to music."
  • "Why should be elite, music? Excuse me. Music must be for everybody."

Farewell, Luciano.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I also was a big fan. He was certainly a showman, too. I enjoyed how he would end a song as only he could, shaking plaster loose from the ceiling; and he’d end the last note with this fierce, eye-popping expression as though he had just been stabbed in the back. He was a piece of work.

  2. LOVED listening to Pavarotti. His music always took my breath away and yet was so engaging on so many levels. Oh to have such an amazing gift, he will be missed!!

  3. My physics teacher in high school was a big Pavarotti fan. During class he would bring out a tape recorder with some background music and would sing like Pavarotti at the top of his lungs. Kinda weird, but we didn’t have to take tests during those times, so we loved it.
    I think I would have liked Pavarotti had I known him.