This morning, I discovered someone new to me in music. What a gift! His name is Nathan Pacheco and he reminds me a bit of Josh Groban. When I heard him sing one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, Nessun Dorma, I became an instant fan. This is music that fills up my soul. It's. just. so. beautiful.... It is sung in Italian and a portion of it is loosely translated here. You cannot miss the passion regardless. Nessun Dorma is an aria from the final act of Puccini's opera, Turandot and is one of the best known arias in all the world. It is sung by Calaf who falls in love at first sight with a beautiful but cold princess named Turandot. He successfully meets her requirements for marriage - the answers to these three riddles: What is born each night, and dies each dawn? (Hope) What flickers red and warm like a flame but is not fire? (Blood) What is like ice, but burns like fire? (He responds, Princess Turandot) Then the Emperor decrees that her oath is sacred and she must marry him. But she does not wish to marry, so Calaf gives her the opportunity to be released of her oath if she can guess his name by morning light. She fails, he kisses her and the rest is history..... :)
Even you, O Princess,
in your cold room,
watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know...
On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!...