Up-and-coming tenor sensation Freddie De Tommaso makes his live television debut this evening for this year’s Red Nose Day broadcast, joining English National Opera for the task of coaching five celebrity names to sing one of opera’s most challenging and virtuosic arias: Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’.
Jennifer Saunders, Caroline Quentin, Jayde Adams, Andi Osho and Alex Brooker will tackle the aria made famous by the late, great Luciano Pavarotti, a rousing anthem that launched the Italian tenor into the mainstream after an iconic performance on the eve of the 1990 World Cup final in Rome.
In a further twist, the celebrities are only given 24 hours to learn the work before their live performance broadcast to the nation to raise money for Comic Relief. Good job Freddie is on hand to help with those Italian vowels…
The charity broadcast will be televised tonight (19th March) on BBC One from 7pm. British-Italian Freddie De Tommaso is set to continue his upward trajectory to superstardom, delighting audiences around the world with his arresting, unique tenor voice, described by Opera Now as sounding much like “…a youthful [Plácido] Domingo”. His debut album Passione is out on Decca Classics on 9th April in physical and digital formats.