Music: Privacy, Pavarotti Style

Luciano Pavarotti's annual retreat to his native region is what all vacations should be: a spiritual refreshment.

The tenor spends a month with his family in a converted farmhouse overlooking the Adriatic in Pesaro. Here, after eleven hectic months as a public performer, he can be a private man, an Italian papa. After a whirl of cosmopolitan continent-hopping, he can return to his cultural roots.

But even Pavarotti's relaxation has a carnival air. Privacy for him means being surrounded by a mere dozen or so people. The entrance to his property has a closed-circuit...

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