Friday, 7 September 2007

Luciano Pavarotti

I only heard Luciano Pavarotti live once. Rather bizarrely it was during the 1st Gulf War (we'd been due to go to Egypt and chose New York instead). We saw the first run of Jonathan Miller's new Katya Kabanova and Pavarotti in a venerable production of Verdi's Luisa Miller.

He was dressed in dark clothes covered with a large cloak-like poncho (or a poncho like cloak). I'm not sure whether it was part of his costume or something he added himself. My big surprise was how unshowy he was; he fitted well into the ensemble and you did not feel that it was the Luciano Pavarotti show. I must confess that the net result was enjoyable and well sung, but you never really felt the 'wow' factor.

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