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“Tramontate, stelle! All’alba vincerò! vincerò, vincerò!” Updated now with the Italian Airforce

Maurizio Marchini Serenades City of Florence from his Balcony. During Italy’s quarantine, tenor and opera singer Maurizio Marchini wanted to give people hope and joy. So he went to his balcony and serenaded the entire town of Florence. The song is “Nobody Shall Sleep.” [Nessun Dorma] and ends with “with the dawn, I will win.”

The Italian Airforce gives a Big Emotional lift to their Nation with Pavarotti Singing Nessun Dorma

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  • ap March 14, 2020, 9:50 AM


  • Vanderleun March 14, 2020, 10:53 AM

    Standing ovation here and from the streets below.

  • Missy March 14, 2020, 11:37 AM

    Huge. I wanted all of the lyrics. Had to look ’em up. My junior year abroad level Italian ain’t what it used to be.
    “None shall sleep,
    None shall sleep!
    Even you, oh Princess,
    In your cold room,
    Watch the stars,
    That tremble with love
    And with hope.
    But my secret is hidden within me,
    My name no one shall know,
    No… no…
    On your mouth, I will tell it,
    When the light shines.
    And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!
    (No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
    Vanish, o night!
    Set, stars! Set, stars!
    At dawn, I will win!
    I will win!
    I will win!”

  • Rob De Witt March 14, 2020, 11:41 AM

    And herewith I invite public opprobrium…..

    I bet he didn’t sing it again that day.

    As a soon-to-be 75-year-old lifelong singer, my first response is “A little strain, there, Mo.”

    Strength is great, but pushing is never a substitute for placement. Just sayin.

  • Jack March 14, 2020, 2:25 PM

    I love classic and crossover singers and especially the younger one who, God love’em, just didn’t exist when I was a sprout. They seem to come out of nowhere and their ages are often ridiculous to have such powerful voices. The great enjoyment of them is to watch them develop as their training and maturity emerges.

    Probably one of my favs is Amira Willighagen, a 16 year old Dutch singer who now lives in S. Africa. She has performed all over the world and does a blaze job on Nessun Dorma but her performance of Nella Fantasia, roughly three years ago is very much worth the viewing. Sarah Brightman, thank you so very much.


  • Missy March 14, 2020, 2:49 PM

    Mr. De Witt, No brickbats from this quarter whatsoever, but my take is that the performance was one off, and maybe captured on a phone. It was not polished, and it was a little bumpy, but it was timely. Who would not want to know more about the mechanics of singing such a thing? Well, I would, and I think other AD readers would, and if you would elaborate, it would be fascinating. So few of us can sing at all. It is magical and to many a mystery.

  • betty cairns March 22, 2020, 3:37 PM

    What panache-what a glorious nation-Bella Italia

  • Rob De Witt March 22, 2020, 7:54 PM


    Listen to Pavarotti sing that aria. When he ascends to that first Bb on “Dilegua notte, tramontate stelle” it not only seems certain that he’ll reach the note, it seems inevitable that there is no limit to his range. That’s called “headroom,” meaning however high he goes, there’s always more. The guy on the balcony didn’t have it that time, and used the muscles in his throat to guide the tone into the head resonance, a significant no-no in the bel canto dodge.

    Those muscles are tiny, and exhaust themselves quickly – and permanently, if you insist on doing things like Satchmo impressions for any length of time.