While opera buffs will probably go on and on about his voice and onstage presence, what impressed me most was his televised master classes, where he encouraged potential opera stars with candid, but constructive suggestions, and tried to point students who didn't quite have opera talent into other areas where they might shine. You didn't get into a Pavarotti master class without showing some potential.
I'll be looking at the Marin Independent-Journal for the obligatory write-up which I am hoping my long-lost friend Janos Gereben will be authoring. Janos is a fan whose depth of opera knowledge is amazing. He also wrote for the Oakland Post. Looks like he's now writing for the SF Examiner.