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Nicoletta Mantovani: The woman who won Pavarotti's heart profiled in new Ron Howard documentary

Luciano Pavarotti's second marriage was a story of great love, but also of great tragedy, writes Aine O'Connor

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Luciano Pavarotti with his second wife Nicoletta Mantovani

Luciano Pavarotti with his second wife Nicoletta Mantovani

Pavarotti's daughters Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana at his funeral

Pavarotti's daughters Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana at his funeral

First wife Adua Veroni

First wife Adua Veroni

Nicoletta with daughter Alice in 2008

Nicoletta with daughter Alice in 2008

Luciano Pavarotti in Dublin in 1990

Luciano Pavarotti in Dublin in 1990

Pavarotti with Bono in 2003

Pavarotti with Bono in 2003

Pavarotti with Princess Diana in 2003

Pavarotti with Princess Diana in 2003

On his wedding day with Nicoletta Mantovani in 2003

On his wedding day with Nicoletta Mantovani in 2003

Pavarotti during the early years of his career

Pavarotti during the early years of his career

Pavarotti had a love of horses

Pavarotti had a love of horses

Luciano Pavarotti as a boy in 1949

Luciano Pavarotti as a boy in 1949

Luciano Pavarotti and Nicoletta

Luciano Pavarotti and Nicoletta

Pavarotti in his early career

Pavarotti in his early career

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Luciano Pavarotti with his second wife Nicoletta Mantovani

Mention Luciano Pavarotti's second marriage, to Nicoletta Mantovani, and the average Italian seems to have an opinion.

As in many scenarios involving an older married man and a young woman, those opinions seem more based on Adam and Eve than actual events. However, 12 years on from Pavarotti's death, Ron Howard's documentary about the world-famous tenor offers some interesting insights into the man, his life, his work and that second marriage.

Nicoletta Mantovani will be 50 in November, but she really does not look it. She does look unassuming, a little over five feet tall, blonde, wearing no make-up, and in a simple dress and flip flops, she apologises in that charmingly accented English for being late.


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