A Cray supercomputer was programmed in 1998 to simulate a “dream sing-off” between historical opera stars Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Enrico Caruso, and Maria Callas. The contest was won by Caruso, singing “Di Quella Pira” from Act III of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. However, Pavarotti won a simulated backstage shouting match with Sills, reducing her to tears in a fifth-minute TKO.

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