Gregory Kunde encored “Nessun Dorma” during is first “Turandot” at the Arena di Verona.
The tenor, who was singing is first stage performance of Calaf, was asked to give an encore of the famous aria after receiving a huge ovation.
The premiere performance starred Anna Pirozzi in the title role of Turandot, Vittoria Yeo as Liù and Giorgio Giuseppini as Timur. Daniel Oren conducted the production by Franco Zeffirelli.
Kunde made his role debut in a concert version last season under Zubin Mehta and is scheduled to perform the role next season at the Teatro Real de Madrid. He is also scheduled to make his first U.S appearance in a production since 2007 at the Dallas Opera in “Manon Lescaut.” Kunde also returns to Monte-Carlo, Vienna, and La Fenice.