5 thoughts on “Pavarotti: Superstar Tenor, Multi-Millionaire, Narcissist

  • February 13, 2019 at 8:52 am

    As receptionist for the Denver Symphony in the early seventies under Maestro Brian Priestman, I asked to attend the first rehearsal of Pavarotti’s appearance with us, so as to get his autograph for my adoring father back in Texas. Brian arranged for me to meet Pavarotti in his dressing room to get the autograph. The mountain of a tenor greeted me warmly, then spoke rapid-fire Italian to Brian, who translated, “He wants to know if you are a ‘dangerous woman'”. I (at 20 and totally clueless) blinked and replied quickly, “Yes!”. He signed, I left. he called my office within the hour, asked me to meet him at his hotel room, and I declined. There’s more to this story, but my saying ‘no’ to him meant he remembered me years later when I saw him stage-door side at Dallas Music Hall. Signing autographs, head-down…he brightened up when he saw me and yelled, “DENVER!’ with a big hug for me. He was used to having everything he desired, immediately and without question. I was “the one who got away”……….-J

    • February 13, 2019 at 9:32 am

      What a great story!!! Case in point, eh. Fancy Pavarotti putting the moves on you. Thanks SO much for sharing! LOL

  • February 13, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I find it interesting that no where do you use the word sociopath or psychopath. It does a great disservice not to call a spade a spade. Narcissistic sociopaths and psychopaths are all around us yet if we don’t label them for what they are it just empowers them!

  • May 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Pavarotti may have been considered great but compared to singers like Corelli,Tucker or Bjoerling he was mediocre. Domingo gave more of himself during a performance than Pavarotti ever did or could .

  • June 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you for this article. It confirmed my suspicions. I recently read “The King and I” and red flags were popping up everywhere. I just assume that all tenors are narcissists, but Pavarotti hit all the notes for malignant NPD. I was always a huge fan. He was the reason I decided to study opera myself. I’ll always love his voice, but I’ll never look at Pavarotti the man the same as before. I was in a relationship with a man I would consider a narcissistic psychopath and the similarities were stunning. Of course, this is based on a book, but I believe it to be true…sadly.


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