Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded football fans on Saturday with a spine-tingling rendition of Nussun Dorma before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game. The song became famous in football circles after the BBC used Pavarotti’s rendition as the theme tune for its Italia ’90 World Cup coverage.
Bocelli asked the club if he could perform following their unexpected Premier League title success. Leicester’s win is one of the biggest sporting shocks of all time, as they began the season as 5000-1 outsiders and have never won the league in their 132-year history.
Said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri ‘He called me two months ago. He was so happy [about]what we were doing in Leicester. He said: ‘I would like to come and sing something’. I said: ‘Great, why not? It is great for the community.’
The Italian manager is a fan of opera, and previously met Bocelli after attending one of his concerts. ‘I met him a long time ago, I had been to his concert at Wembley,’ said the 63-year-old, who guided Leicester to the top of the table after only 10 months in charge.
Bocelli lost his eyesight after being hit by a football aged 12. However, the Italian tenor remained a fan of the game and has performed before football matches on a number of occasions.