Austin seems like the Tuscany of Texas. Beautiful, rolling hill country. Towns (well, houses) built on the hilltops, with farmland in the valleys in between. Local wine that, while I haven't tried it yet, is from a climate that should produce something good.
When you think of Tuscany and classical music, you think of Puccini. We're not quite to the point of "Puccini = Opera." Not quite, but close. His works include La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, and Turandot, some of the most romantic operas ever written.
Nessun Dorma is from Turandot, Puccini's last - and actually unfinished - opera. Puccini was stricken with throat cancer, and traveled to Brussels for a new experimental radiation therapy. He never returned to Italy, or finished the Opera. It seems that he knew his chances were slim, because he left a notebook explaining how to finish it, which Franco Alfano did. Toscanini conducted the premiere, and stopped the performance at the point where Puccini's music ended saying, "This is where the maestro laid down his pen, but his followers finished is work." The orchestra then resumed play. Very romantic.
Jose Carreras has perhaps the greatest operatic tenor voice of our day. While perhaps best known as the third of the "Three Tenors" (along with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo), his voice has a purity which is unique. Like Puccini, he was stricken with cancer (leukemia) ; unlike Puccini, he won his struggle, and nessun dorma became a theme song of sorts for him. You see, the song ends with a determined - indeed triumphant - "Vincerò!" ("I will win"). Audiences interpreted this as a musical embodiment of the will to live.
Quite romantic all around, if you think about it.