World Cup re-release for Nessun Dorma
- 7 June 2010
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Luciano Pavarotti's version of Nessun Dorma is being re-released - 20 years after it was the BBC's theme music for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
The piece, taken from Puccini's opera Turandot, reached number two in the UK pop charts in June of that year.
It will compete against Dizzee Rascal and James Corden's version of Tears For Fears' Shout - also released this week to coincide with this year's World Cup.
Pavarotti died in September 2007 at the age of 71.
Veteran sports broadcaster Des Lynam said Nessun Dorma would be remembered as "probably the outstanding theme of any major televised sporting event ever".
This year's World Cup, in South Africa, will begin on Friday.