Britain's Got Talent is apparently the prototype for American Idol, but I'll bet something like this has never happened on the latter program. This guy is absolutely unbelievable! He peddles cell phones for a living. Who'd have guessed he could do something as magnificent as this Puccini aria? Watch this clip, and if you're easily moved by great music you might want to have a kleenex handy:
Britain's Got Talent is apparently the prototype for American Idol
Pop Idol was the prototype for American Idol - it was just about popular music. This one is to find a talent act to perform at the Royal Variety Performance. Last night he made it to the final with Con Te Partiro.
He won the Britian's Got Telent competition with a repeat performance of Nessun Dorma.
This guy is a true internet sensation. With very little over-the-air exposure or printed stories about him outside Britain, his videos on YouTube have racked up well over 5 million views. He's now got a recording contract and will be performing for the queen.
Tonight, Keith Olbermann confidently predicted that, if you haven't yet heard of Paul Potts, you will. From Olbermann and from snippets of various articles on the internet, I've gathered that Potts has had some professional training in Italy, and he worked with an amateur opera company but was never paid for it. He was paying for his training, but at some point medical expenses began to overwhelm him and he had to give it up. Potts said that his audition for BGT was a last-ditch effort to achieve success singing. It looks like his effort has paid off quite well.
So even though he's had some training, I think his is still a great Cinderella story. Here's his performance from the BGT finals:
There is a bio and print interview at the above link, which includes:
quote:Galas was raised in San Diego by Greek Orthodox parents and received some hefty classical and jazz training early on; she later fell in with experimentalists like Henry Kaiser, and experiences working with Iannis Xenakis and Vinko Globokar (for whom she sang an opera that ruined her predecessor's voice) gave her some greater exposure to the ultimate possibilities of sound, and using her singular presence in the realm of extreme, visceral sonic potential. Through her career she's always concentrated on specific topical elements to interpret and refer to via her performances, notably the 1980's advent of AIDS (which took the life of her brother). Works like the Divine Punishment and other segments of her Masque of the Red Death trilogy addressed the subject on multiple levels in detail. She especially took the Roman Catholic Church to task for what she believed to be its abandonment of those suffering, and became very outspoken activist for the cause both on and off stage. ...
quote:A fiercely confrontational avant-garde performer noted for her wailing, four-octave vocal range, Diamanda Galas was born and raised in San Diego, California. The daughter of Greek Orthodox parents, her singing was roundly discouraged, although her prowess as a classical pianist was nurtured; ultimately, her strict upbringing resulted in a reckless, drug-fueled youth prior to her entrance into the University of California's music and visual arts program. ...
I do have 7 cd's of DG, including (2) 2cd sets. Not something for casual listening.
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