“Through the ages your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific achivement.
“That continues today, from Venice to Florence, from Verdi to Pavarotti, friend of mine, great friend of mine.”
There are two things to say about this.
One, the great Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007.
Two, Pavarotti’s family are no friends of Trump, and called on the so-called president to stop him using his music during his presidential campaign last year. They said:
“The values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the worldview offered by the candidate Donald Trump.”