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Pavarotti Widow Tells Trump to Stop Using 'Nessun Dorma' in Campaign

The widow of Luciano Pavarotti, the world's most recognized opera singer, has a message for Donald Trump — stop using my husband's song.
Image: Luciano Pavarotti
Huge: Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007KARIM JAAFAR / AFP/Getty Images

ROME — Luciano Pavarotti's widow has told Donald Trump to stop playing the tenor's most famous aria at campaign events, saying the billionaire's values are "incompatible" with the world's most recognized opera singer.

It comes after a slew of other musicians and estates also complained about use of their music at Trump rallies or the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Image: Luciano Pavarotti
Huge: Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007KARIM JAAFAR / AFP/Getty Images

"We learned today that the aria 'Nessun dorma' performed by Luciano Pavarotti is being used [on] the Donald Trump campaign soundtrack," Nicoletta Mantovani wrote in a letter co-signed by three of the late superstar's daughters.

"We remind you that the values of brotherhood and solidarity that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his artistic career are incompatible with the world vision of the candidate Donald Trump," it added.

"Nessun Dorma," from the final act of Puccini's opera Turandot, was the tenor's signature aria and his powerful performances of it cemented his global popularity. The piece ends with a repeat of the Italian word "Vincero" — "I will win."

Mantovani was married to the superstar tenor from 2003 until he died of pancreatic cancer in 2007 at age 71.

On Friday, the estate of the late George Harrison complained at the "offensive" use of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" at the convention.

The Rolling Stones, Adele and R.E.M and other artists requested Trump to stop using their music, too.

Politicians don't have to get permission to use an artist's music if they buy "blanket licenses" from public-performance organizations ASCAP or BMI, which pay royalties to members, according to The New York Times. But artists under BMI who object to how their tracks are being used can have those songs pulled from that particular blanket license.

An artist or songwriter can also send a 'cease and desist' letter or even sue for false advertising if they believe their music appears to be supporting a particular candidate.