Video: 'Nessun Dorma' Played on the Theremin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 03:53 PM

Who needs human tenors? In this video, the Canadian Thereminist Peter Pringle performs "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot.

This Theremin, Pringle explains on the video, once belonged to Julius Goldberg, the partner and personal assistant of Russian inventor Leon Theremin.

"This is a 1929 RCA Theremin that was customized by Goldberg in the early 1930's and provided with lightning bolt volume and pitch antennas," he wrote. "In this video, I am using an ELECTRO-HARMONIX 'Talking Machine' on a fixed, open "AH" sound, which lends to the tone a remarkable likeness to a human tenor."

Hat tip to David Garland for sending us this video.

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Comments [3]

David from Flushing

The ability of the player to stay on proper pitch is truly remarkable.

May. 25 2012 11:38 AM
Dr Wallace Sife from Brooklyn, NY

This was a lovely variation, but it still is no comparison with a beautiful voice, singing the aria. Kudos for the attempt, though.

May. 24 2012 02:35 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

.Apparatus that can sound like a human voice but still cannot elicit expression of words or emotions, is robotic and of no real communicative artistry. As amusement it has a value, as science it has a value. But the art of spontaneous interaction with an audience is beyond the capabilities of the current robots My study of voice with Friedrich Schorr, Alexander Kipnis, Margarete Matzernauer, Frieda Hempel, Martial Singher, Mack Harrell, John Brownlee and Karin Branzell, all leading singers at the Met Opera before they retired, prepared me for my rep decisions. Schorr, Kipnis and Singher I saw in performances at the Met long before I got to study with them. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor, the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, and an opera composer of “Shakespeare” and “The Political Shakespeare." I have sung, and commercially recorded LIVE for Valhalla Records CDs four main hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, solo concerts, three of them three hours long. I can be reached by phoning the Institute. Stamina is part of the requirements for a heldentenor career.

May. 23 2012 06:53 PM

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