Pavarotti’s widow wants a museum for him

October 13th, 2010 - 11:26 am ICT by IANS  

Modena (Italy), Oct 13 (IANS/AKI) Luciano Pavarotti’s widow Nicoletta Mantovani Tuesday paid homage to the late Italian tenor on the occasion of what would be his 75th birthday by opening his Modena, Italy house to the public for one day. She wants that a museum should be built for him.

Mantovani, Pavarotti’s former assistant, is pleading with Italy’s banking foundations to recognise her late husband’s contribution to Italian culture by sponsoring a permanent museum.

“Luciano’s value is global and it’s a shame that banking foundations, for now, haven’t accepted by proposal to open a museum dedicated to him,” Mantovani said in the latest issue of Italian celebrity magazine Chi.

“My husband…was a symbol of Italy all around the world. Why not honour him?” she said.

Asked how she feels three years after her husbands death, Mantovani said: “Between melancholy and serenity”.

Pavarotti, born Oct 12, 1935, near the northern Italian city of Modena, died pancreatic cancer of Sep 6, 2007. He was one of opera’s most commercially successful stars.

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