World farewells "reconciled" Pavarotti
Pavarotti's parish priest has said the twice-married singer had been reconciled with the Catholic faith of his childhood.
The 71 year old received the last rites before losing his battle against pancreatic cancer last Thursday.
Pavarotti's musical talent first emerged in church, where he sang in a choir with his father.
Fernando Pavarotti, a baker, had a terrific tenor voice but stage fright prevented him from developing his talent. However Luciano was inspired by the popular tenors of his youth.
His funeral mass at the weekend bade a moving farewell to the city of Modena's greatest musical son. It was attended by prime minister Romano Prodi and other leaders, with opera-lovers from around the world looking on.
It was described as the kind of showbiz extravaganza Big Luciano would have loved.
Italy bids farewell to its 'high ambassador' (Sunday Herald, 9/9/07)
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10 Sep 2007