I discovered the existence of Luciano Pavarotti’s home museum almost by chance. I was curious and I decided to visit it.
I’ m 37 years old, Luciano Pavarotti would have turned 80 last year.
The great Maestro died in 2007 after a stellar career began in the ’60s, that reached its peak in the early ’90s.
I made this introduction because in the ’90s, when Big Luciano became a TV star, known by the world, I was just a teenager.
I didn’t like the opera, although my grandfather was a big fan of this musical genre, and hearing about “the Modenese Pavarotti” was almost “obvious”. I told this in order to explain why in the past I was not able to give him the value he deserves and I’m so sorry for that.
Visiting Luciano Pavarotti’s home museum was a great opportunity for me, also for this reason This visit brought me closer to the great Maestro, making me find out what I didn’t know about him, making me discovering his exceptional life.
I was impressed and recommend this visit, especially to my fellow citizens who maybe like me have taken for granted this great talent.
But know I don’t want to write about the details of Luciano Pavarotti’s life, except the ones that struck me most.
If you are interested to know more about his life, you can read it on Wikipedia or visit the website of Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, created after his death.
I think that this quote perfectly describes the person he was:
“I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to”.
Let’s come back to my visit at Luciano Pavarotti’s Home Museum.
The house is located in the first countryside of Modena, in those area that Big Luciano had bought in the mid- eighties, where he had built some stables and opened a riding school.
On the website you can read: “the villa has been designed following the instructions and drawings that the tenor gave to the architects and engineers who have supervised the construction. […] The house keeps personal items that he loved and contains the memories of his days spent in the company of family, friends and young students. The visit to this house will will enable visitors to experience Pavarotti in the light of its most intimate and warm rooms, to approach gently to his memory knowing his daily habits, finding the man he was once behind the scenes”.
For me it has been just that: the story of stories, the discover of Luciano Pavarotti as a person, first of all.
The first room that you can visit is the beautiful salon where the undisputed star is the beautiful piano over which are some photographs of Pavarotti together with some celebrities who become great friends of him in the years, as Bono of U2.
It’s there that I discovered that Big Luciano was superstitious and he always looked for a curved nail to put in his pocket as a lucky charm before going on stage or that he chose a white handkerchief, which became one of his representative symbols, for the first exhibitions to better manage the tension and have something to tighten to control gestures.
In the second room, the study on the ground floor, I made another discovery: around the 90s, for a short period, Pavarotti was also a painter.
“LUPA” is his signed, from the first letters of his name and surname. The paintings have bright colors, such as the colorful shirts he loved to wear that perfectly reflected his cheerful character, his positivity and will of live, which together with a powerful voice, of a unique tone, led him to a worldwide success.
When you go up on the second floor, you really realize the international artistic value of the Maestro: prizes, awards, letters and a whole wall of photographs of him with the world celebrities.
Reading what international artists have dedicated to him make you understand how Pavarotti was considered a point of reference in the world able to make people meet, create new opportunities and artistic approaches. As it was written by the great Frank Sinatra, “my friend, My Way is now assuredly Our Way”.
Luciano Pavarotti believed in popularizing opera by the record production. He wanted that this music could be accessible to everyone, even to those who could not afford a place in the theater. He was the one who opened the way for music cross-over, the mix of genres.
The dedications to Big Luciano not just come from famous people: colored sheets, full of thoughts for him fill the board at the ground floor.
At the end of the visit everyone has something of personal to say the Maestro. Everybody, without exceptions 🙂
Luciano Pavarotti was the perfect interpreter of the Italian “bel canto”, one of the most exquisitely tenor never existed.
A Modenese who has become a legend and who has always continued to consider Modena as his home.
When you leave Pavarotti’s home, the voice of the audio – guide thank you saying : “Thank you for visiting Casa Pavarotti” and then you can’t think and say “Thank you, Maestro, for everything”.
My visit to Luciano Pavarotti’s home museum is also on Steller:
Luciano Pavarotti’s home museum is in:
Stradello Nava 6
41126 Modena, Italia
Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Ticket Offices close at 5.00 pm