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Pavarotti Holds Weekend Concert

September 23, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Luciano Pavarotti’s weekend concert was something of a strain, coming so soon after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

``I am not here in the best moment of our life,″ Pavarotti said in an interview Saturday. ``I think that life must go on even if I’m very touched (by) something like that.″

He said he planned to dedicate the Sunday night concert ``to the peace of the entire world.″

``America discovered something she did not know _ the war at home,″ he said.

The 65-year-old tenor recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his 1961 opera debut, which was as Rodolfo in ``La Boheme″ in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He says singing is a passion he was born with and he has no immediate plans to slow down.

``Well, I’ll go on as long as I can, as long my voice is telling me to go, and with the voice my audience, and with the audience everybody else,″ Pavarotti said.

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