Sarkozy pays tribute to Pavarotti

6th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Luciano Pavarotti Thursday, describing him as "the best incarnation of the great popular tenor since Enrico Caruso".

PARIS, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Luciano Pavarotti Thursday, describing him as "the best incarnation of the great popular tenor since Enrico Caruso".

"His artistic qualities as well as his warmth and charisma seduced the entire world," Sarkozy said in a statement.

The president recalled Pavarotti's performances "in the great roles of Verdi, but also his star tours in open-air stadiums alongside Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras as well as entertainers like Elton John, Sting and Bono.

"Some purists might consider these excursions outside the comfortable world of classical music to have been somewhat hazardous, but for me they were as bridges lain down between different aesthetic types.

"Via the marriage of styles, this great tenor brought ever greater audiences over to classical music," Sarkozy said.

AFP

Subject: French news

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