the Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era [...].
Like Enrico Caruso and Jenny Lind before him, Mr. Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. He became a titan of pop culture. Millions saw him on television and found in his expansive personality, childlike charm and generous figure a link to an art form with which many had only a glancing familiarity.
September 6, 2007
A ringing, pristine sound
Luciano Pavarotti dead at 71. Read today's The New York Times article to learn more about