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.
Richard Tauber [the Calaf in the German première in Dresden as Keiner schlafe; probably the oldest version rescued]
Giovanni Martinelli [in Covent Garden]
Luciano Pavarotti [n°1 UK]
Neil Sedaka [as Turning Back The Hands Of Time on Classically Sedaka]
Kristjan Johannsson-Sergej Larin-Lando Bartolini [performances in Beijing's Forbidden City, the place of action in the actual opera; Zubin Mehta conducting]
Manowar [on Warriors Of The World cd]
Paul Potts [Britain's Got Talent laureat]
Puccini also composed Madame Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca.