Jan Martiník sings Verdi

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Czech Republic's Jan Martiník performs Ella giammai m'amò! ... Dormirò sol nel manto mio regal from Verdi's Don Carlo, in the final of the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

King Philip II of Spain's new queen is the Frenchwoman Elisabeth de Valois, a political match to enable peace between the two countries. Elisabeth was once engaged to Philip's son, Carlo, and although she resigns herself to do her duty to her people, she remains in love with him. As dawn breaks, Philip sings of his failure to win her heart, and reflects sadly that he is destined to sleep alone.


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