Man Sings Opera While Undergoing Brain Surgery

by
Indrani Sengupta
The idea of someone poking around in one's brain is daunting for the bravest among us. But maybe this video will put you a little more at ease.

In Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne’s defense, he wasn’t just showing off his wicked vocal chops.

The physicians performing neurosurgery on the Slovenian tenor requested that he sing during the procedure, so that they could ensure that the process of removing his brain tumor wasn’t causing any deficits. If Bajec-Lapajne could still belt with the best of them, that meant that the operation wasn’t causing any side effects.

But, of course, there’s also the added bonus of being regaled by a stunning rendition of Schubert’s “Gute Nacht.” There’s nothing like a world class performance to keep a doctor’s spirits up and their brains awake.

Everything looks hunky dory…until minute 2:40, when things, as Bajec-Lapajne himself puts it

“start to get very interesting.”

At that moment, Bajec-Lapajne writes that he:

“could not control my tongue anymore and could not stop phonating... It was a very weird feeling....”

“I believe he rewired my brain for a while and that was the result.”

The good news? The video was taken over a year ago (though only recently posted). The singer is doing fine, and has since returned to his professional career.

This isn’t the first time things got musical…and wacky cool…during brain surgery. Remember this video?

Read more: Brazilian Man Plays Guitar During His Own Brain Surgery

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