March 23rd, 2008


Music quiz answers #10

None shall sleep! None shall sleep!
You too, oh princess!
In your cold room,
Look at the stars
That tremble with love and with hope!
But my secret is hidden within me,
None will know my name!
No! No! On your mouth will I tell it
When the light shines!
And my kiss will dissolve the silence
That makes you mine!

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che tremano d'amore, e di speranza!
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me;
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, No! Sulla tua bocca lo dirò
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia!

Full lyrics

Answer: Giacomo Puccini. Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep), from Turandot, 1924. (Guessed by dolique and sigma7)

Where you've probably heard it: This was Luciano Pavarotti's signature aria, so if you've heard The Three Tenors sing, this song was probably included somewhere in the performance. A Pavarotti performance of it was the theme song of the BBC's coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup (apparently reaching #2 on the UK singles chart as a result); Pavarotti also sang it in the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. It's been used in many films over the years, including The Killing Fields, The Island, and Bend It Like Beckham; and it's been used in several tv shows, including Six Feet Under and House M.D..

(For some reason, I always mentally associate this song--as well as Vesti la Giubba from Pagliacci--with Godfather-like mobster movies, though other than the latter being used in The Untouchables, I can't find any evidence of either of those songs being used in those sorts of movies.)

Feudalism: Serf & Turf