It's a sad day for the musical world as we bid adieu to one of the finest operatic singers, Luciano Pavarotti, who died today at age 71. His accomplishments in the realm of classical music are many, and not the least of these is how he made opera music more accessible to people who might not otherwise be exposed to it.
Indeed, the most bittersweet thing about remembering the big, sweet-faced tenor is how willing he was to collaborate with all sorts of musicians, combining his warm, booming voice with those of well-known rock, soul and pop artists. Everyone from Bono and Queen to James Brown and the Spice Girls have shared the stage with the legendary singer. He clearly had a love for music in all its manifestations and his presence will be missed.
To check out just a few of Pavarotti's collaborations,
Luciano Pavarotti and Barry White, "My First, My Last, My Everything"
Luciano Pavarotti and the Spice Girls, "Viva Forever"
Luciano Pavarotti and Bryan Adams, "O Sole Mio"