TWO VERY FRISKY CHARMING MEN: PETER USTINOV AND LUCIANNO PAVAROTTI
Once upon a time and last century, actor and author Sir Peter Ustinov himself (5/16/21 – 3/38/04) (or someone equally delightful) had the brilliant idea of Ustinov’s going to Italy to interview opera sensation Luciano Pavarotti (10/12/35 – 9/16/07)
in his backyard ~~and swimming pool .
The link below is a filmed account of their time together. I don’t know where we might have more fun watching people we may not know personally while away an afternoon in the most endearing, funny, clever, masculine, exchange between two accomplished human beings who are enjoying one another. This took place in 1994, via BBC. There is no mention of the politics of either men.
EXQUISITE SOPRANO JOAN SUTHERLAND (11/7/26 to 10/11/2010) (I’m about 95% sure it was she), Luciano Pavarotti’s frequent and beloved singing partner, once said in an interview (when she could stop laughing) that the tenor was famous for his on-stage tricks, you never knew what he was going to do except that you could not fail to sing through it, not let the audience in on the audaciousness. Pavarotti, she said, would walk up behind her and slip a warm sausage (likely Italian) into her hand.
New York was insane inlove with Luciano Pavarotti in his prime and regularly at the very fine Metropolitan Opera House. I was working for ABC TV, evening news writer, in 1981, and got sent with a camera crew to get some “B” Roll background footage, no talking, just the bows, too fabuloso when he appeared with Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall. I remember the red peep-toe leather heels I refused to change from and my blue wet feet from the ice-slush streets. Sigh. Some moments are worth sacrificing terrific shoes for. I never forgot a second of it.
There is such a thing a sexual fun between the genders, if we may still recognize and appreciate what genders are…..and enjoy each other for our differences, remember happiness, a love of life, and each other, and be assured…remember…that not all humankind is cut from the same sadistic cloth on display in the daily news.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MY FRIENDS.