Ciao, Luciano

Bad news today: Luciano Pavarotti, a standout Italian tenor and one of the most popular contemporary vocal performers in the world of opera as well as other musical genres, passed away today at the age of 71.

Luciano Pavarotti, RIP

Pavarotti made his opera début in the role of Rodolfo in La bohème on April 29, 1961 in the town of Reggio Emilia. That was the beginning of a long career where he wowed fans worldwide with his powerful voice and his gentlemanly, affable demeanor.

He is one of the alltime greats, and shall be missed.