American operatic tenor Gregory Kunde (born on February 24, 1954) has been singing for decades at not only a high level but also high tessitura. Having conquered the high F (above tenor high C), he now is conquering the spinto repertoire. He already has entered his 60s, yet sounds remarkably fresh. Here he sings perhaps the most famous of all tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Recorded on July 12, 2015, inside Carrara Cathedral. Piano: Giulio Zappa.
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Accompanied by the Orchestra Santa Cecilia, German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann performs Nessun Dorma from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Conductor: Antonio Pappano. Taken at the recording session of “Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album”. Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. This brand new recording features one of the most famous and loved arias of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more.
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Famous Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo sings “E lucevan le stelle”, a romantic aria from the third act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, composed in 1900 to an Italian libretto by the Italian librettists Luigi Illica (9 May 1857 – 16 December 1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (21 October 1847 – 1 September 1906). This is from a 1992 production in which Tosca was performed in the actual Roman settings described in the libretto. Moreover, the scenes take place at the appropriate times of day. Rome, June 1800.. The orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma) was a few miles away. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
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A gala concert by the legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1982. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Herbert Adler.
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Most popular operatic singing group during the 1990s and early 2000s, the Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras sing Nessun Dorma, a very famous tenor aria from Giacomo Puccini’s opera in three acts, Turandot. Recorded on July 7, 1990 in Rome as the first Three Tenors concert with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Zubin Mehta, on the eve of Italia 90. The recording, released on the Decca Classics label, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 1991 (33rd Grammy Awards).
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Two famous operatic arias from the legendary Italian dramatic tenor Mario Del Monaco (27 July 1915 – 16 October 1982), who earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful voice: “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, and “Di quella pira”, a short tenor aria (or more specifically, a cabaletta) sung by Manrico in act 3, scene 2, of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il trovatore.
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Maria Callas sings “Vissi d’arte” (English: “I lived for art”), a soprano aria from act 2 of the opera Tosca by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. At the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), London, 1964.
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Italian tenor Franco Corelli sings Nessun Dorma from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Corelli uses his great “spinto” voice to make a brilliant performing.
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A Gala Concert by Luciano Pavarotti at Olympia Hall, Munich, Germany. Munich Radio Orchestra, conductor: Emerson Buckley. Year: 1986.
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On July 30, 1991, Luciano Pavarotti has given a free concert in London’s Hyde Park to celebrate his 30 years in opera. A crowd more than 100,000 stood in the rain to watch and listen Luciano.
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