This week is Thanksgiving - so in opera for what am I thankful? There is quite a lot - brilliant singers, great operatic works that continue to move and edify. So on this thanksgiving - 2009 - I want to say that I am especially thankful for the life and work of the late great tenor Luciano Pavarotti. My first experience of him was through recordings. I never had the opportunity to see or hear him live. But I am thankful for the Met Texaco broadcasts who brought him and others into my living room every Saturday from the time I was a small child. So, I want to offer this clip for thanksgiving. Since it is thanksgiving I wanted something that he really sang beautifully. So, despite the fact that there are a couple Puccini arias which he sang fit the cill I am posting a link to Pavarotti singing "Una furtiva lagrima" from "L'Elisir d'Amore" by Donizetti. This is a wonderful performance - enjoy - and Happy Thanksgiving!
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