Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor whose larger-than-life showmanship promoted the popularity of opera worldwide. Born in Modena, Italy, he lived from October 1935 to September 2007. His father was a baker and an amateur singer. Though Luciano came from humble beginnings, his background did not deter him from realizing his dream. Music was in his blood and all he wanted to do was to sing. Here are some facts that many people do not know about this talented singer.
He Wanted To Be a Football Goalkeeper but He Choose Music
When he was young, Luciano had a passion for sports as most children do. In fact, his favorite game was football and being a football star was something he deeply desired. However, he abandoned this desire to follow his passion i.e. singing. Unlike his father, who had a beautiful tenor voice but refused to sing due to nervousness, Luciano followed his dream vigorously. In fact, he attended vocal training for seven years. All this time, Luciano felt inspired by his father’s recordings. They included recordings of Giovanni Martinelli, Beniamino Gigli, and Enrico Caruso among others.
He Realized his First Breakthrough in Singing at Age 20
Prior to taking music seriously, Luciano trained as a teacher and he taught at an elementary school for two years. In 1954, when he was 19 years old, he started taking his music career seriously. More specifically, he trained with a professional tenor in Modena known as Arrigo Pola. During this time, Luciano had never learned how to read music, but he learned quickly because he was a natural at it. Luciano was also a member of a male choir, Corale Rossini, which included his father. In 1955, the group won the first prize at the International Eisteddfod. Winning this prize, greatly inspired Luciano and he made up his mind to sing professionally.
Inspiration from the Life of Luciano Pavarotti
From Luciano’s story, music students should learn that music is a passion. Other interests cannot and should not destroy an intense desire for learning music. Remember, Pavarotti wanted to be a football star at first. Then he became a teacher. Eventually, his passion for music carried the day and he settled for it as a career. Luciano’s story also teaches music students that no matter how good you are at something, you require some level of training at it. You also need a mentor to help you learn if you want to be perfect at what you do.
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