Pavarotti’s Story: Pavarotti Who Lived 100% of His Life

New York, N.Y. There was a tremendous tenor singer from Italy named Luciano Pavarotti. There are many people who know as the Three Tenor with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.

I think that it was in 1972 that he and I met the first time. Although he was still not famous yet, I was  already a big fan and also and wanted to take him to perform inJapan.and I included him in the Met tour to Japan in 1975. This was the first time he Japan. When I took all of the members of more than 400 members of the Metropolitan Opera to Japan for the first time in 1975 and went on the first overseas tour trip in history (detailed in the 22nd 23rd), Franco Corelli, Joan Sutherland , Marilynne Horn, James Marracken etc, also asked Luciano to appear.

Luciano likes to eat very much, he likes cooking, he is a sports fan and likes so much friends. He is a very kind person, likes it pretty nature, he is optimistic, diplomatic and bright. When I was caught up with the negotiation with Metopopera, Luciano who understood well the hardships,  did not say anything, at every break of “La Boheme” that he himself appeared, that big He hugged me tightly with my body. I will not forget it

Tenderness behaving everyone for pasta of good dishes

Luciano was the one who lived every moment, the utmost. There were several things I liked especially, he was a passionate football fan. Next is food. He hardly ate the day of the concert, and after finishing, he liked to eat with everyone. He liked to cook in the apartment rather than going to the restaurant, even in overseas performances it was a way to make Modena’s Italian dish in the room and eat it. He liked devising pasta sauces etc on his own. He stuck with something delicious with a good smell. He paid especial attention to Olive oil and parmesan cheese had particular attention.

Sometimes invited everyone and made pasta at the apartment in Hampshire House in New York. He is very sensitive to scent and likes to go shopping with me and when I go with him, I bought whatever cheese or tomato he smelled the smell from his hands. Olive oil etc. open the lid and sniff the inside smell, so I gently bought all what he opened. Boil pasta with a very big pot, boldly cool it in  bathtub water (of course using the pan) and mix with the best olive oil, the sauce was cream sauce or tomato sauce. It seems that the repertory of the meal was not wide. He loved good steak, especially the fatty steak called porter house. I think that sashimi row fish was not his favorites in those days. He did not be eaten at that time. He was also interested in international cuisine, but in both Japan and China, he was impossible to live without Italian cuisine, and it was a tour condition to always have that ingredients.

Then horse riding. In the autumn of 1991, There was a horse race called “Pavarotti International Horse Race”, and he had at least 15 horses. It was 79 years that he kept  horses, and a horse called Herbie was a good horse. He loved children, He also loved big big scarves, He always wrapped scarves with a lot of colors around his neck and wrapped it around his head. He also loved  drawing and was good. It seems that he drew it for the first time in 76 in Chicago.

At least three women I know the woman who took care of himself in the name of a secretary. Selfish, child like But It was his beloved wife, a childlike person, a homely, warm, really friendly person.

I think that only one  voice like him will come out in 100 years. His mind is very good brilliant and he had such a big body, but as long as soccer and tennis were concerned, , atheletic sense were very good. In the back stage, before he appeared in “La Boheme”, he squeezed his corset in a dressing room with three people and retracted his lower abdomen, he became like a ball. As if it was Humpty  Dumpty, two legs were hit under the round body, and it was rolling over the whole stage with a pretty cute appearance

This was already about 40 years ago!, and on September 6, 2007,on my birthday, he died at the age of 71 on my birthday!!. But I think that his charismatic character and wonderful voice will continue to echo in my heart and in the hearts of many people forever. It was a way of life that Luciano Pavarotti lived his life 100% or more and was a person who loved all living creatures, not just families, children, friends, humans. Alivedechi, Luciano. I sincerely think of you. I am so privileged to have known you.. Grace, thanks.

Originally published as Vol. 26 in Weekly Biz, May 12, 2018; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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