Luciano Pavarotti statue unveiled in Modena

A statue celebrating Luciano Pavarotti, created by artist Stefano Pierotti, was unveiled in Modena.

A statue dedicated to Luciano Pavarotti on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death was unveiled in Modena at 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The sculpture was made in bronze by Stefano Pierotti, and donated by the Tuscan town of Pietrasanta, and depicts the life-size Emilian tenor smilingly greeting the audience with open arms at the end of his performance and holding a scarf in his left hand.

Unveiled in front of the Teatro Comunale to coincide with the start of Modena’s opera season, the work was cast free of charge by three artistic foundries of the Artigianart-Pietrasanta association(Da Prato, Mariani and Versiliese) and was placed under the portico of the theater dedicated by Modena specifically to Pavarotti.

The inauguration, opened by the performance of Giuseppe Verdi ’s “Va pensiero” by the Rossini Chorale, which counted among its voices that of young Luciano and his father Fernando, was attended by, among others, Modena Mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli, Luciano Pavarotti’s wife Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, thecurrent commissioner of the City of Pietrasanta Giuseppe Priolo and former Pietrasanta Mayor Massimo Mallegni, who was in office when the initiative was kicked off, sculptor Stefano Pierotti and a representative of the Artigianart artistic foundries.

“It is a day that will remain written in the annals, also because of the teamwork that led to this achievement,” the mayor of Modena told the Resto del Carlino, “Those who pass by and those who attend the theater will have one more reason to think of Luciano and all the energy he still continues to express and bring to the world. For us, it is a day of Modenese pride: this sculpture makes our city more beautiful and more recognizable, with another distinguishing mark.”

“It is a very emotional evening, a dream come true,” added Nicoletta Mantovani. Modena wanted this statue, and I am happy that it was possible to create this collaboration with Pietrasanta: Luciano loved collaborations, he loved building bridges and not walls. It is a great celebration, and it is wonderful to see so many friends here."

“I hope I have captured the soul of this great artistic personality, who represented Italy in the world,” stressed Stefano Pierotti, “Of him, everyone told me about the smile, and that is exactly how I wanted to portray him. Smiling, happy, sunny.” Pierotti is the author, among other things, of the monument to Ayrton Senna at the Imola racetrack, the large Crucifix for World Youth Day at Tor Vergata 2000, and the sculpture in memory of Pope John Paul II in front of the entrance to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

Photo: Municipality of Modena

Luciano Pavarotti statue unveiled in Modena
Luciano Pavarotti statue unveiled in Modena

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