- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 27, 2002

Luciano Pavarotti intends to retire in three years, he told CNN's Connie Chung in an interview aired Tuesday.

Oct. 12, 2005, his 70th birthday, will be the end of his career, the Italian tenor said. Asked if his voice or health were behind his decision, Mr. Pavarotti said it was a little of everything. He made his opera debut in 1961.

He has recovered from recent hip and knee surgery, and he acknowledged that he needs to lose some weight. "So I am not starving. I am dieting, yes," he said.

He also reported, "I never sing even in the bathroom, not even when I'm taking a shower."

Mr. Pavarotti said that this year he plans to marry his girlfriend of six years, 32-year-old Nicoletta Mantovani, and that they were thinking about having children. "I proposed to her several years ago. She says yes and she still say yes," he said. "I think she's a masochist."

Mr. Pavarotti's relationship with Miss Mantovani broke up his 34-year marriage to his wife, Adua, with whom he had three daughters.


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