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The news is spreading fast about the unassuming carphone salesman from Wales who sang Nessun Dorma and brought the crowd to their feet winning Britains Got Talent. Yes, even that most discriminating judge Simon said, "So you work at Carphone Warehouse and you did that?" You can watch his performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA .

1. The aria Nessun Dorma appears in the third act of Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot (the T is silent). Nessun Dorma means Let No Man Sleep.

Puccini is known for his beautiful melodies. The libretto was written by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Turandot was left unfinished when Puccini died, and was completed by Franco Alfano. Taken from a Persian folk tale and set in China, the opera was forbidden to be played in the People's Republic of China until 1998.

2. The last words of the aria are VINCERO, VINCERO ... I SHALL WIN, I SHALL WIN.

3. Nessun Dorma is the signature song of reknowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti (http://www.susandunn.cc/pavarottiquotes.htm ).

A crowd pleaser who has arguably done more to popularize opera than anyone in its history since Verdi, Pavarotti says in interviews, "I know what the people like. Nessun Dorma."

4. Nessun Dorma is well known in the UK.

Pavarotti's rendition of Nessun Dorma reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Charts after it was featured as the title music for the BBC coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

5. Barbra Streisand's character in The Mirror Has Two Faces says that when she kisses her true love, she will hear Nessun Dorma playing.

6. The opera and the lyrics to Nessun Dorma are highly poetic, symbolic, and difficult to translate.

Dire sulla bocca, means kiss, literally to say on the mouth Tramontate is the Italian word for sunset. Literal translation is go behind the mountains. You can find the lyrics on www.abmusica.com .

7. Paul Potts' fame is spreading fast. Here you can see him performing at Rockefeller Center on USA TODAY. http://www.youtube.com/v/QBycEUZ0HIA .

8. Potts says he was bullied as a child and sought escape in music. Amazingly, he has never had formal voice training.

9. Nessun Dorma has been featured in many films.

It is performed at the end of Sum of All Fears, sung by Bruce Sledge. In The Witches of Eastwick, in the scene where Jack Nicholson is cavorting with his girl friends in the swimming pool. In the movie Toys, just before the general shoots himself while attempting to kill a fly. In The Sea Inside, it is the music that inspires Ramon Sampedro to fly away from his reality. In His Butler's Sister, it is sung by Deanna Durbin to her hoped-for lover, Franchot Tone, at the end of the movie. It is played in The Killing Fields when the character played by Sam Waterston watches footage from Cambodia back in NY. And it is sung by Big Mama in A Moment to Remember. (wikipedia)

10. You can follow Paul Potts' story on his site on MySpace. You can follow his story here: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=201290998&blogID=278923677&MyToken=3e56c3da-262c-46cd-b62e-6c22f87a25d0

Surely the whole world is pulling for Paul! Vincero!

Susan Dunn,, Life Coach, www.susandunn.cc . Certification program for coaches, worldwide. Individual coaching. Program to prevent bullying and mobbing. Coaching for bullying victims. Email for free ezine, mailto:sdunn@susandunn.cc .

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