Thursday, May 14, 2020
Nessun Dorma - Interesting Rendition
Puccinni's Nessun Dorma ("None Shall Sleep") is perhaps the greatest aria ever written. Although this rendition is mostly a Coronavirus parody, I like the lyrics reminding us that, when it's over, "We'll celebrate the things we took for granted, all over the planet." It ends with "Vincerò! Vincerò!" (I shall win).
Nessun Dorma, incidentally, is a love song. A prince falls in love with a Chinese princess at first sight, but the Principessa plays hard to get and spurns our protagonist even after he wins a contest in which the prize in her hand in marriage. He offers her an out. If she can guess his name before dawn, she can kill him (she is a cold-hearted woman). She decrees that None Shall Sleep and sets about torturing people in an effort to learn the identity of this mystery man. I guess that's the way theyu roll in China. The prince, who is a nicer person than she, reveals himself after she knocks off a few people.
Does she execute him?
Do they marry and live happily ever after?
No, they contract Covid-19 and die in a nursing home.