NESSUN DORMA

Latest update on 27/10/2014

Artist: Francesco Merli & Bianca Scacciati
Author: Giacomo Puccini/Giuseppe Adami/Renato Simoni
Label: Columbia
Year: 1926

In third act of Puccini's opera Turandot, finished posthumously by Franco Alfano. Puccini died in 1924. First staged in La Scala, with Arturo Toscanini conducting. During that première he stopped the orchestra at the last words Puccini wrote, faced the public and said: "Here the maestro died". Then the curtain gently closed. All later performances include Alfano's finale. Storyline based on a fable by Carlo Gozzi (1762), first adapted for the stage by Simoni in 1903.

Covers:

1926:

Richard Tauber [the Calaf in the German première in Dresden as Keiner schlafe; probably the oldest version rescued]

1926:

Miguel Fleta

1934:

Joseph Schmidt

1937:

Giovanni Martinelli [in Covent Garden]

1944:

Jussi Bjorling

1955:

Mario Lanza

1990:

Luciano Pavarotti [n°1 UK]

1990:

José Carreras

1995:

Neil Sedaka [as Turning Back The Hands Of Time on Classically Sedaka]

1995:

Andrea Bocelli

1998:

Michael Bolton

1998:

Sarah Brightman

1998:

Aretha Franklin

1998:

Kristjan Johannsson-Sergej Larin-Lando Bartolini [performances in Beijing's Forbidden City, the place of action in the actual opera; Zubin Mehta conducting]

2002:

Manowar [on Warriors Of The World cd]

2007:

Paul Potts [Britain's Got Talent laureat]

2010:

Jeff Beck

Puccini also composed Madame Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca.

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