Back in September, I wrote an article about Nessun dorma, the famous aria from the final act of Puccini’s opera, Turandot. In the aria, the hero of the opera is triumphantly announcing that he will “win” the hand of the cruel Princess Turandot, who has sworn to have him beheaded at dawn unless he can guess her name. The ending cry of the aria, “VINCERO!” is Italian for “I will win!”
This aria was popularized by the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti, whose recording of the aria was used as the World Cup “theme song” back in 1990. Nessun dorma became Pavarotti’s signature song.
Enter Donald Trump. According to a Billboard article online his campaign apparently took the liberty of playing Pavarotti’s Nessun dorma at an event, and his family is upset.
There is something deliciously ironic about the whole thing, and it is particularly pleasant to be able to relate the story to your kids and know that they “get it.”