When an opera-singing doctor serenaded NHS hospital staff with impassioned ‘Nessun dorma’
5 July 2023, 10:01
On the 75th anniversary of the NHS, here’s remembering the time one doctor decided to bring the joy of Puccini to fellow staff on the frontline, in April 2020.
‘None shall sleep…’, as Pavarotti famously sings.
Royal Academy of Music opera student, Alex Aldren, studied medicine at the University of Birmingham and worked at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. And during an unprecedented time for hospitals across the country, he was one of nearly 20,000 fully qualified staff to return to the NHS frontline.
During a rare few minutes of peace for doctors, nurses and other clinical staff working around the clock, Aldren treated his coworkers to a rousing rendition of the great tenor aria ‘Nessun dorma’ (‘None Shall Sleep’).
One of our SHO’s today is Alex who’s also an opera singer, returning to the NHS frontline during the COVID outbreak.— Russell (@Medic_Russell) March 22, 2020
He’s treating the team to some shows during quieter periods! Bravo! 🌹 pic.twitter.com/tVlsoYuVsm
A fellow staff member posted Aldren’s performance to Twitter at the time, saying:
“One of our SHO’s [Senior House Officers] today is Alex who’s also an opera singer, returning to the NHS frontline during the COVID outbreak.
“He’s treating the team to some shows during quieter periods! Bravo!”
An ambulance worker sings Nessun Dorma in a quiet moment
As we mark 75 years of the National Health Service, here’s remembering the extraordinary lengths our NHS workers go to, to keep those around them healthy, and to help and uplift in times of need.