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In the opening scene of Pavarotti, the new documentary by director Ron Howard, the popular tenor travels deep into the Amazon jungle in search of an old opera house where the great Enrico Caruso may have once sung.

The building is shuttered, but because he's Luciano Pavarotti the door is unlocked for him to belt out a few honeyed notes from the stage. His fabulous voice soars into the vast emptiness of the auditorium.

When Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007, I cried. 

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Montserrat Caballe has died, and there are no more grand divas left.

Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland in I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976.
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Luciano Pavarotti would have turned 80 on October 12 of this year. He died in 2007.