I have a soft spot for Mario del Monaco, although he took heat (justifiably) for lack of vocal modulation. I think my first opera lp was an old del Monaco Pagliacci from a garage sale. This is a fabulous Nessun Dorma.
I really didn't know Nessun Dorma has been interpreted by so many diverse artists, from Aretha Franklin to Jeff Beck, but it makes sense as it's a powerful and haunting composition. Wily dude, that Puccini.
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