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The Happy Linguist

Nessun dorma

Have you ever wondered what the lyrics to this Italian aria mean?

The Italian aria Nessun dorma is from the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. You might already know that the title means “None shall sleep”, but what about the rest of the lyrics?

Nowadays, however, it is probably most associated with Pavarotti after he sang it at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

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