From the article: Nessun Dorma Lyrics and Text Translation
"Nessun Dorma," Calaf's aria from Puccini's opera Turandot, is an one of the world's most beloved arias (largely thanks to the great Luciano Pavarotti). Read user submitted comments of their favorite singers, performances, and recordings of the famous aria, "Nessun Dorma." Suggest Your Favorite
- My personal fave! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbGKQ8YASCY
- —Guest Jean Dulaney
- Nessun Dorma - Favorite Performers, Performances, and Recordings of Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot ??????????? http://www.monclerdown.cc/viewtopic.php?f=4 t=691
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DAVID HANDS DOWN!!!
- I had the privilege of hearing him twice in one week, once in St. Pete, Florida (this version is posted on YouTube) and he did an even better rendition in Dothan, Alabama a few days later (no video allowed). I was in the very front for both concerts and could actually hear his natural voice, not just what was in the speakers. He is beyond amazingly gifted. His tone and pitch is pure perfection. His version of this song is a contemporary interpretation, so enough with the traditionalist bashing. I've watched peoples faces transform as they listen to him, not believing the power that comes from him. His range, control, talent, and his ability to transform a simple melody into a complex 4 part harmony is breathtaking. (research his arrangement of "O Love, That Will Not Let Me Go" he has a solo and 4 part rendition that are both amazing). Bottom Line, yes there are traditional versions that are beautiful, I love Bocelli, but Phelps had me at Nessun!
- —Guest Grits!
- Can no one else see the the assumption of this song it implies that nobody shall sleep, it implies evelasting, no rest, but my secret is hidden within me. = a lie or a falsehood "In your cold room" implies when your are dead or death bed "when you watch the stars ( which are the renewal of all life) you will tell nothing when the light shines, all shall know his name that wish! set stars everlasting
- —Guest Georgio
- Best version to me is by Jackie Evancho. Her voice is simply heavenly!
- —Guest Guest Reeda
Pavarotti and Corelli
- Hard to separate the 2. Technically, perhaps Corelli especially considering when it was done, but Pavarotti is 2nd to no one.
- —Guest Steve Dunn
- I've done what many others have, and listened to a number of different versions in a row to make a judgement. My judgement is based on the smoothness of the delivery, and whether the voice is free from constriction, particularly on the high notes. For me, the best is Franco Corelli, who has such a powerful and full tone. Next, I would say Del Monaco, followed by Placido Domingo. Pavarotti puts a lot of emotion into his delivery, but I feel that it is less technically skilled than the others. I find Jackie Evancho's performance extremely disturbing, due to her age, and the stress that opera singing puts on the voice. Having an 11 year old girl singing a difficult aria is a sure fire way to ruin the vocal cords. Extremely irresponsible.
- —Guest Helen
- Most of the names given here make cases for themselves, but I prefer Placido Domingo's performance to that of any other.
- —Guest Kevin
- I think the tenor of all tenors who sand "nasssun Dorma" Is the grat Mario Lanza. Mario's high C was next to none. I have a shiver go up my spine when I hear this man sing. I was only 10yrs the first time I heard his voice and I can still remembered a feeling as if my heart had stopped !
- —Guest Lesley cafferky
The Sum of All Fears
- The most striking and brilliant performance I have heard of this piece was Bruce Sledge at the end of The Sum of All Fears. Because you couldn't see his face as he sang, you could only feel the passion in his voice, and the stark contrast between the scenes on the screen and the beauty and clarity of his voice in this vocal masterpiece was one of the most chilling (and thrilling) of musical experiences, in my opinion.
- —Guest Chuck
Voice as beautiful as her person
- I have always believed Pavarotti's and Brightman's performance of Nessun Dorma couldn't be equalled until I heard Katherine Jenkins perform it. I find it incredible that a woman with her looks and sensuality could be so vocally flawless when singing such an emotionally-charged classic. God was having a very good day when he put those 'pipes' in such a stunningly beautiful woman.
- —Guest Bill
- Pavarotti without a doubt, but a close second would be Andre Corelli version.
- —Guest wozza
- This man sings with a conviction like no other!!! Once you hear those notes you will want more! His CLASSIC ALBUM is awesome! Bravo DAIVID !!!
- —Guest Cheryl Clifford Simpson
The very best performance
- The very best performance of this beautiful aria was done not by one of the stars mentioned here, but by an 11 year old girl, Jackie Evancho at BGT. It is a stunning performance - nothing short of perfection. Go watch and listen for yourself, you will be astonished.
- —Guest cdhanks69
- Don't forget about the fantastic tenor David Phelps!
- —Guest Jwp
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