Pavarotti in the Pavilion (AKA Something Silly for Saturday)

Have I mentioned that I’m terrified of thunder? I am absolutely whimperingly petrified of thunder – not of lightning, which could do me real harm, but of the angry growly noise that follows. As a matter of fact I love watching lightning, but I have to clap my hands over my ears after the flash or resign myself to shrieking like Ned Flanders.

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Ellesmere, Shropshire. Photo by Stewart Mackellar, reproduced courtesy of BBC News.

Where I live, the last few days have been scorchio. My partner’s taxi recorded an outside temperature yesterday of 33 degrees Celsius, which is crazy hot for England. Unfortunately for me, hot = thunderstorms, and I managed to get caught out in one this morning while walking across the local recreation ground. In between pathetically begging the thunder to go away and leave me alone, I idly wondered if Pavarotti would be singing in the cricket pavilion.

Thunder over the rec

Thunderstorm over the rec. No lightning, just thunder

Guess what – he was there, practising his scales.

Pavilion Plaque

…And is frequented by opera singers

OK, it’s highly unlikely that the great Luciano himself makes a regular guest appearance in the cricket pavilion of a south Cambridgeshire village, but a tenor with a pretty good voice does flex his vocal cords on a regular basis in this humble location. I often hear him as I scoot around the village to clean various houses, and he always makes me smile. Our cricket pavilion has its very own opera singer. I love random things like that, and this morning, as I took shelter from the storm under the pavilion’s porch, he helped take my mind off the scary thunder.

Pavilion

Gimme shelter!

It was a sweet moment.

Here’s Luciano Pavarotti (not my pavilion tenor) singing the beautiful Nessum Dorma. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Pavarotti in the Pavilion (AKA Something Silly for Saturday)

  1. LOL! “… pathetically begging the thunder to go away and leave you alone…” 😀 I’m terrified of lightning and wind – it struck a tree a couple of metres away from the window in the kitchen where I was sitting twice in about ten minutes – nearly clocked out from fright. Just thinking about storms makes me want a cool American house with a nice cosy basement. 🙂

  2. I wonder if he’s the guy I used to hear in Ely. There was a fellow with a lovely voice who used to sing along to opera on his ipod. He used to commute to work somewhere, I think, because he used to walk up past our house from the station at about 5.30 or 6.00 pm every evening.

    Cheers

    MTM

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