On February 10, 2006, an ailing Luciano Pavarotti performed* his haunting final rendition of Nessun Dorma, the aria that has come to define his legacy, at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

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I agonised over whether to pick the HD version of the video with the major flaw of having Bob Costas in it, or the one from the Italian feed which was apparently shot from behind Costas’s cornea. I immediately regret my choice.

Yep, he won.

* kind of.