I was saddened to hear that Luciano Pavarotti died this morning. I absolutely loved his voice. He was the one that made opera approachable for me. I remember watching him perform with The Three Tenors on PBS in the 90s. I of course bought that CD and used to listen to it while driving home from work sometimes. Pavarotti's performance of Nessun Dorma ALWAYS gives me chills. I have about five other of his CDs just because I liked his voice so much. I didn't know any of the opera songs but there are a few classics I know thanks to him.
The Three Tenors (Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti): "Nessun Dorma"
Then he started showing up everywhere in the 90s. He has several versions of Pavarotti & Friends which were charity concerts (and CDs) where he sang with various pop music stars. Below is the video of "Miss Sarajevo" which is a haunting song from U2 that Pavarotti performed on. His vocals just add to the sadness of the song which was written about the Miss Sarajevo beauty pageant (similar to our Miss America) contest held DURING the war. Beauty through war is very profound.
U2 and Luciano Pavarotti: "Miss Sarajevo"