Quarantined Italian tenor passionately sings ‘Nessun Dorma’ from his Florence balcony

14 March 2020, 10:58 | Updated: 19 March 2020, 11:24

Maurizio Marchini sings in Florence
Maurizio Marchini sings in Florence. Picture: Facebook / Maurizio Marchini

By Kyle Macdonald

As Italy's nationwide coronavirus lockdown continues, the country turns to one of the things it does best, sharing music.

The streets, concert hall and opera houses are deserted, but in Italy, you can still hear the music.

Earlier this week the country's government imposed unprecedented restrictions on its 60 million people to control the spread of coronavirus. Quarantined in their own homes and balconies, many are using music to connect with the outside world, and show love and support to their neighbours.

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Tenor Maurizio Marchini did just this, taking to his balcony to serenade the rooftops of his hometown, Florence.

Marchini sings Puccini's impassioned aria from his opera Turandot, 'Nessun Dorma', or 'None shall sleep'. After the aria's climax with a high B, Maurizio picks up his son and repeats the line Vincerò!, or 'I will be victorious.'

In another video that was shared widely on social media in the past few days, quarantined Italian neighbours sang a traditional song ‘Canto della Verbena’, together across the streets during Siena.

12,462 people in Italy are reported to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. The pandemic has forced the closure of Milan's iconic Teatro alla Scala and has affected performances and tours worldwide. Yet, in an uncertain world, these videos on social media show the abiding power of music to bring people together in solidarity and comfort. And long may that continue.