London (ANI): The widow of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has
received the 'Excellence in Italian Culture Prize" on the late
opera singer"s behalf. Pavarotti was honoured with the award for
his contribution of Italian operas shortly after his death. The
newly created award by the Culture Ministry, honours the artist's
work promoting Italian culture in his country and abroad.
Nicoletta Mantovani received the award on behalf of her husband
in Pavarotti's hometown Modena. "Luciano knew about this prize and
was very happy about it," the Daily Snack quoted her, as saying."It
is nice to gather here to remember him. I'm sure Luciano is smiling
at us from up above."
Pavarotti who suffered from pancreative cancer passed away on
September 6. The 71-year-old tenor was considered the biggest opera
star of the late 20th century, whose showmanship and powerful voice
made him the most beloved tenor after Caruso and one of the few
opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular star.
In his entire career span Luciano Pavarotti performed at the
greatest opera houses around the world. He was also adored by pop
fans for his hearty renditions of popular songs and his
collaborations with singers such as Bono and Elton John.