It was one person's view, and as such, has nothing to do with Turkey. I am a famous singer, and am known and listened to all over the world. If my voice doesn't sound good to someone, that is that person's problem. But I don't connect this to all of Turkey."
Speaking further about his memories of Turkey, Pavarotti said, "...On top of everything, Turkey is a tolerant country. In 1964, when I sang the lead in La Boheme, the chorus was composed of Turks. They were signing in Turkish, and I was singing in Italian, and there was a harmonizing problem of course. While I was singing the 'Andiam, andiam, andiam" aria, they were singing the "Gidelim, gidelim, gidelim" aria. But they were incredibly careful not to have the audience feel the disharmony in language and diction. This is why I love the Turks, and they love me. Once again, I want to repeat, this whole incident ought to not be exaggerated."