Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (18): Milano Final post!

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over and it’s time to end the journey gracefully. The great team of the Giro, Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti, is still in the great italian city of Milan (Yes! Milano!) to summarize the Giro of 2012.

“This has been a great journey, but it’s time to move on”, Big Luciano said.

“I agree but there’s one thing we haven’t talked about”, responded Odd Pavarotti.

Big Luciano didn’t quite follow, so Odd Pavarotti had to remind him.

On the 21st of May the duelling duo of the Giro parted for a while. Before they parted, Big Luciano showed Odd Pavarotti a picture of a woman and asked: What’s her name?, What’s her connection to the Giro, and; What’s her connection to Pavarotti?

Big Luciano had more pictures of this woman that he showed to Odd Pavarotti.

Odd Pavarotti answered Big Luciano’s questions like this:

This woman’s name is Mina Mazzini, but her stage name is only Mina. She’s an italian pop singer with a career that spans from the 1950’s until this very day.

Her connection to the Giro is that she’s born on 25 March 1940 in Busto Arsizio, a small city in Lombardia, which were the city where the Giro started on Sunday 20th of May this year.

Her connection to Pavarotti is that he wanted her to join him in a duet in one of his Pavarotti & friends concert. That didn’t happen as Mina hasn’t performed publicly since the mid 1970’s.

Up to this day she has issued new and innovative pop albums almost every year. She’s truly a living italian legend, and she’s highly recommended for those who like “adult pop”. Listen to Mina on Odd Pavarotti’s Spotify Mina Mazzini playlist here!

“Bravo, ragazzo”, said Big Luciano about Odd Pavarotti’s answers. Big Luciano was very impressed.

Somebody has spliced a recording of Pavarotti with a recording of Mina singing the same opera aria. The opera aria is ”Vesti la giubba” (”Ridi Pagliaccio”) from Leoncavallo’s opera “Pagliacci”. And there’s two versions out there. This is what they call a virtual duet these days.

“Is this like a mashup?”, Pavarotti the bird wondered. He had just flown in from a visit to some of his distant relatives in York in Queen’s Britain.

“I guess it is”, said Big Luciano.

“And this is it, I guess”, said Odd Pavarotti.

So it’s time to say goodbye for now. The great team of the Giro hope you all have enjoyed the Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti blog posts.

Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti might be back for the Giro 2013, but there’s The Euro 2012 and Le Tour de France 2012 to look forward to. You’ll never know what will happen the next time you visit the Odd Pavarotti Blog!

Ciao, amici! 😉