The most appreciated tenor voice in the world, Luciano Pavarotti turned Modena, his native town, into the major gathering place for the most devoted opera lovers. Pavarotti's earlier musical influences were his father's recordings, and at around the age of nine he began singing with his father in the small church choir of the cathedral of Modena.
He was interested in pursuing a career as a PE teacher, and began the serious study of music only later under the supervision of Arrigo Pola. He made his debut in Reggio-Emilia in 1961, and his powerful voice, charisma and sensitive disposition propelled him into international stardom. Although he received prestigious prizes, honorary degrees, golden records and international recognitions, he retained a special relationship with his native town, and often visited it when he was free from his professional commitments. Luciano Pavarotti died on Thursday, September 6, 2007, and was buried in the cemetery of Montale Rangone, in the province of Modena, that has recently become a traditional pilgrimage mecca for fans and tourists from all over Italy and abroad. Every year on the same date, he is celebrated with a big concert and plenty of related events. The nineteenth-century Municipal Theatre of Corso Canalgrande was named after him.
- Modena, October 12, 1935 - Modena, September 6, 2007
- 100 million records sold worldwide
- 82 published albums
- 1965, his first time in the United States in Miami
- February 17, 1972 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
- 17 times called on stage, an undefeated record so far
- about 380 performances at the Met
- 330,000 people record of audience in London
- 6 Grammy awards
- 5 honors and 9 awards in italy and worldwide