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Terry Fator Covered Opera Classic "Nessun Dorma" and Hit the Most Beautiful Notes
The AGT winner never misses.
Nobody saw this cover coming. Terry Fator, the America's Got Talent winner who is now a Vegas headliner with his singing ventriloquism act, frequently posts videos of himself and his puppets performing popular songs, like Elvis or Michael Jackson numbers. He's a strong vocalist, uncanny impressionist, and does it all without moving his lips.
But we never expected him to cover an Italian aria!
"Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the worlds only turtle virtuoso opera singer: Winston the Impersonating Turtle," said Fator, before launching into "Nessun dorma," from Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot. Fator also credits the song to Luciano Pavarotti, the acclaimed tenor who made it famous.
The comments section on YouTube is filled with the jaw-dropped reactions of fans amazed and moved by Fator's talent. He's truly out-done himself. And Winston The Impersonating Turtle is performing quite well, too. Hear them here:
What to know about "Nessun dorma" from Turandot
Turandot is a difficult but beautiful opera composed by Puccini just before his death in 1924. It tells the story of a cruel princess and the mysterious, nameless prince who falls in love with her. He sings "Nessun dorma" at the beginning of Act Three, when he has told the princess that she can kill him if she guesses his name by morning, or else she must marry him; "nessun dorma" translates to "none shall sleep," as the princess keeps the kingdom awake trying to figure out the prince's name.
The aria gained awareness outside the opera world after Pavarotti performed it at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He then released it as a single and it hit number two on the UK charts. It's become something of a soccer anthem and is often used during climactic moments in movies and TV shows.
The lyrics to "Nessun dorma" from Turandot
Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, oh 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
Dilegua, oh notte