Tenor moves frontline medical workers to tears with powerful Nessun Dorma serenade
A Polish opera singer moved doctors and nurses to tears when he turned up at their hospital in Warsaw and belted out a powerful rendition of the famous Puccini aria Nessun Dorma.
Accompanied by the Medicantus Medical Doctors’ Choir, tenor Leszek Świdziński from the Polish Royal Opera serenaded visibly moved medical workers who gathered at the hospital’s windows to watch the performance in the hospital courtyard in the capital’s Bielany district.
One of Giacomo Puccini’s best-known pieces, the aria from the opera Turandot climaxes with the soaring proclamation: “I will win! I will win! I will win!”, considered by many viewers to be a fitting rallying cry in the battle against coronavirus.
Andrzej Matusiak, director of the Stołeczna Estrada cultural institution which organised the event, said: “We know that many words of thanks have been said to medical staff, but in the current situation there is never too much recognition.
“Just for a moment, for a few minutes, we just want to get the attention of medical staff and provide them with some positive energy from beautiful music. Maybe we can leave some joy and good memories here.”
At the end of the performance, Świdziński called out: “Bravo doctors, bravo nurses, bravo medical personnel!”
The performance coincided with the 50th birthday of one of the hospital’s workers, who has spent most of her working life at the hospital.