Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35 (1) Erich Wolfgang Korngold
4 September 2013, 12:03
A competition inviting the public to submit recordings of themselves singing Puccini's aria 'Nessun Dorma' has been launched to celebrate the release of the new Pavarotti best-of album.
If you fancy yourself as a budding opera singer, then Decca have got the perfect competition for you. In recognition of their release of Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks, the legendary tenor's record label are inviting entrants to record their own version of 'Nessun Dorma'.
The aria, taken from Puccini's opera Turandot, became a calling-card for Luciano Pavarotti after it became the theme for the TV coverage of the 1990 Football World Cup, and also for the Three Tenors, with whom he regularly performed it.
You can enter the competition here - entrants have the option to listen to Pavarotti's recording before making their own, complete with karaoke backing track. The 50 performances judged to be the best will each win a special prize.
Pavarotti recorded exclusively for the Decca label for the majority of his career, commenting before his death: "The company has been a major part of my carer - really, it has been part of my family."