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Craig Porter 1st Jun 2010 - 6:03

7- The Three Tenors: Nessun Dorma

It's hard to believe that it's twenty years since Italia 90, and the majestic performance given by the celebrated Three Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras on the eve of the World Cup Final at Rome's ancient Caracalla Baths. Pavarotti's performance of Nessun Dorma, the aria taken from the final act of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, and which translates as 'none shall sleep', really caught the public's imagination and helped to catapult the Italian to global super-stardom. Many commentators believe that it was also the moment when classical music 'crossed-over' to the mainstream, helped in no small measure by the BBC's decision to use the piece as the soundtrack to their World Cup programming.

The aria has now been re-issued to mark the twentieth anniversary of its Three Tenor release. Available to download.

William Hill odds: 25/1 | HMV charts rating: 3 World Cup Stars

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William Hill Odds for Top Charting World Cup Related Song* : Click links to listen to the songs and read our thoughts

1/3 James Corden & Dizzee Rascal - Shout for England 20/1 Terry Venables - If I Can Dream (Sun TV ad music)
4/1 The Squad (feat Robbie Williams & Russell Brand) - 3 Lions 2010 25/1 The Three Tenors - Nessun Dorma (20th Anniversary Edition)
6/1 New Order ft. John Barnes - World In Motion 33/1 Shuttleworth - England's Heartbeat
10/1 K'naan - Wavin' Flag (The Celebration Mix) 66/1 Chico - It's England Time
12/1 Lightning Seeds with Baddiel & Skinner - Three Lions 100/1 Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead - Confidence

 
 
 

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