The delayed Euro 2020 championship got off to an incredible start.
At the opening ceremony of the European soccer tournament, Andrea Bocelli took to the field to deliver a performance that had the audience enraptured.
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The singer performed the Puccini aria “Nessun dorma”, from the opera Turandot.
It’s not the first time the aria has been performed to open a soccer tournament. In 1990, Luciano Pavarotti popularized the piece with his performance of it at that year’s World Cup.
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On Twitter, fans shared their stunned reactions to Bocelli’s powerhouse performance.
Whoever was in charge of that opening Ceremony and getting Bocelli in instead of the usual dribble take a fucking bow. Couldn’t have done it any better
— Mainly Oasis (@mainlyoasis) June 11, 2021
Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma in a football stadium.
It doesn’t get much better than this. pic.twitter.com/PF02Q2eX19
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 11, 2021
Andrea Bocelli 🎶 shivers down the spine 👏🏻👏🏽⚽️
— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) June 11, 2021
Just give the Euro 2020 trophy to Andrea Bocelli.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) June 11, 2021
If Andrea Bocelli belting out Nessun Dorma in the middle of a massive football stadium doesn't make you cry a bit, go and make yourself a nice cup of tea and just go to bed for the next month
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) June 11, 2021