Pavarotti’s part-time jobs

Pavarotti’s part-time jobs


norman lebrecht

July 09, 2016

Visiting the Pavarotti house in Modena, Una Barry found some unexpected aspects. He painted, for instance.

pavarotti painting

He got fan letters from Princess Diana.

pavarotti diana

He had a part-time job at the Met.

pavarotti snow



  • Nick says:

    Pavarotti’s painting got quite a bit of press around the early 1990s. He had only taken up painting a few years earlier and his concert promoter Tibor Rudas even started a separate company to “sell” them to ticket holders at expensive after-concert dinners. Unfortunately, someone – I think in California – spotted that these were far from original works. Indeed, it was eventually revealed that he was painting by numbers. The company was wound up and no more was heard about his “paintings”!

  • jim says:

    Could you please enlargen those photos so we can see what they are?

    • Robert Holmén says:

      I’ll note that on these and most pictures on the internet you can right-click and choose “view image” to see them at their native resolution.

  • Allan Green says:

    And it would be pleasant to read what Princess Diana wrote…

  • Nick says:

    I work on a mac desktop. If I drag the photos off the blogsite to the main screen, they open at double the original size. I can then increase them to whatever size I want.

  • Cyril Blair says:

    Wow, that painting is…..really something.

  • Paul Sullivan says:

    You can see some good images of his work here:

    Also an article from the N.Y. Times (1993) about his hobby here:

  • Emma Zenk says:

    On my iPad, if I save the image,mi can the expansion it to read or examine any part of it – and delete when I am done