After one hour into Rai Tre's Che Tempo Che Fa, Nicoletta Mantovani-Pavarotti spoke. First of all, let's keep it in mind that host Fabio Fazio is a close family friend of Pavarotti, which was mentioned at the start of the interview.
Nicoletta Mantovani conservatively appeared on Che Tempo Che Fa in black slacks, a black v-neck sweater, black stilettos, with her hair perfectly quaffed in a soft, soft orangey-blond mane.
Totaling a little less than thirty minutes, Fazio & Mantovani spoke about not terribly interesting things, and certainly not about the controversial Pavarotti estate. They spoke about remembrance of Big Luciano, and the things we already knew about his hobbies, leisure, and personality. They spoke about her 4-year-old daughter Alice, about her Multiple Sclerosis.
Of interest, Mantovani said that Yoko Ono had sent her a letter of condolence when Pavarotti passed away, which is pretty cool.
Also of note, she stated that she has no disagreement with Pavarotti’s three oldest daughters Lorenza, Cristina, and Giuliana.
Lastly, she hopes that this is the end of the Pavarotti estate debates as far as her involvement is concerned.
Fazio simply asked for reiteration of the previous anecdotes that Franco divulged in last Sunday’s Corriere della Seraarticle. Franco obliged, but this time with a bit more detail: For instance, do you remember the story about when Visconti sent Franco to Paris, and upon meeting Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, she gave to him twelve original, signed Matisse drawings? Well, Zeffirelli divulged to Fazio that he sold eight of the twelve, and the other four were stolen. um, okay, frengo...i believe you.
However, new to the anecdotes was a narration about Franco visiting Dublin with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for the filming of “The Taming of the Shrew", when pandemonium erupted, and Franco played the hero during a very tense, but comical standoff between the culprit of Liz Taylor’s penchant for exotic rodents and the incompetence of drunken husbands. The story, which involves Franco, Liz, Richard Burton, and Liz's mutinous bush baby escaping from its cage, can only be retold with the true authority of Mr. Zeffirelli himself. My favorite part?:
Zeffirelli retold the magnificent story with a sense of mischievous wonder and vibrancy, with his eyes sparkling in an affable manner. He was a true pleasure to watch during the interview, and at eighty-three, he still has loads of charisma and charm.
Next up was a lovely one-hour documentary on Rai Due with the Milan-born Maestro Claudio Abbado and his youthful brigade of Bologna's Orchestra Mozart. The documentary from 2006 shows interviews with the frail Abbado and his robust youth orchestra, and details the lasting impressions of Abbado that have been left with the young musicians. The documentary "Allegro con Spirito: Claudio Abbado e l’Orchestra Mozart" provided to be a nice reward for staying-in during a totally un-fab weekend. /not a loser.
(I made a photo album of a few select screen-shots, which you can find here.)