Luciano Pavarotti’s daughter says she “still feels giddy” remembering her late father’s achievements as he was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The world-famous opera singer’s daughter, Cristina Pavarotti, gave a heartfelt speech in Italian at the event in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Pavarotti is considered one of the most prolific opera singers of all time, having given 378 performances in the world’s most prestigious theaters.
Giving his remarks first in his native language, then with the help of an interpreter, Pavarotti said: “Our gratitude goes to all those who strongly desired, supported and helped organize celebrations in honor of my father.
“If I think back on all he has achieved, if I think back on the paths he has blazed on all his successes and accolades, I still feel giddy.
“It is a tremendous honor to represent my father on this momentous occasion.”
She continued: “I wish I could express how much I would love for him to be here today, but unfortunately even the stars don’t have that much power.”
Pavarotti went on to share fond memories of his father, including how after every performance, still in costume and no matter how tired or hungry he was, he would stay back to sign autographs to ensure no fan would leave “empty-handed”.
She also talked about how her father used to make singers at auditions feel comfortable and less nervous with a glass of water.
“I trust you know by now that I’ve always been a fan of my dad myself, and that’s not apologetic,” she said.
LA Opera music director James Conlon and film producer Cinzia Salvioli also spoke at the ceremony.
From 1961 to 2004, Pavarotti wowed audiences in venues from the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, to the Teatro alla Scala and the Metropolitan Opera House.
From 1984, the continuous growth of his audience led him to ever larger venues for his performances, including American venues usually reserved for pop stars, such as Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and Central Park.
In 1990, Pavarotti performed in the Three Tenors Concert at the Baths of Caracalla, a show that was broadcast worldwide and seen by 800 million viewers.
The live recording of the evening became the best-selling classical music album of all time.
During his 43-year career, the singer received five Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, two Emmy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors Award, among many other honors.
Pavarotti’s star is awarded in the live performance category and is the 2,730th. on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.