From Los Angeles Times:
Gli enigmi sono tre, una e la vita!li enigmi sono tre, una e la vita! What does the above mean? (“The riddles are three; life is one!”)
Where is it from? (The opera “Turandot.”)
Back in the 1960s and ’70s, when Italian opera was deemed a capitalist indulgence in China, no work was more despised than Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.” Many Chinese thought the opera insulting, with its depiction of a despotic Chinese princess who has her suitors beheaded unless they can answer three riddles.
They’re singing a different tune these days.