Luciano Pavarotti's three daughters Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana, together with his widow, Nicoletta Mantovani, have requested that the Trump campaign stops using the Maestro's voice.
A statement sent to the newspaper of Pavarotti's hometown, the Gazzetta di Modena, reads:
We understand that the aria “Nessun dorma” sung by Luciano Pavarotti is being used as part of the soundtrack of Donald Trump's campaign. As his family, we have a duty to remind people that the values of brotherhood and solidarity that Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout his artistic career are incompatible with the world vision proposed by the candidate Donald Trump.
Therefore, as other artists involved have already done themselves, we want to express our disapproval of such use.
‘Other artists' include Adele, Neil Young, R.E.M., Neil Young and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.
Of course, the impresarios of Trump's camp are not interested in the Princess and stars that the Turandot aria mentions, but in just one word, the final word, ‘vincerò' – I will win.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.