Luciano Pavarotti during dress rehearsal for L'Elisir d'Amore, at the Met in 1998. Suzanne Plunkett/The Associated Press
I wish the image above could somehow be bigger, but could any image really be grand enough to contain Pavarotti? The Timesobit is a bit bitchy - and offers a pointless comparison with Plácido Domingo - but outlines the career well enough. A fuller record of the life is available at wikipedia.