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SONG OF A SALESMAN

This is absolutely brilliant.

UPDATE. A hustle? Manipulative? An act of sandbaggery? You be the judge!

UPDATE II. kiwinews:

I am a professional opera singer. Really. Full time, quit in 2005 to return to America.

This guy’s video is moving to me because he is scared to death. Look at his hands, the set of his shoulders. He is not a finished artist. There are alot of people in that limbo of study between “don’t quit your day job” and “will this dressing room be allright, sir?” Some people never leave it.

Luck/opportunity has a lot to do with it. He just made a good move to get out. He needs training and coaching to join up his registers, (he sustained the high note but disappeared on the lower “nessun dorma”), better breath support to add ring and depth to the sound, and, god knows, acting lessons to be more at ease on stage. But someone around him is smart enough to get him in the spotlight here singing Puccini whose soaring harmonies thrill audiences while covering multiple sins of vocal technique in a way unforgiving Mozart or even Belcanto won’t - let’s hope he’s smart enough to grab the advantage.

I wish him well no matter what his background. Music can’t be learned from books, it has to be passed from warm hand to warm hand. Now he’ll meet the people who can do that for him - sicc’em tenore!

Posted by Tim B. on 06/14/2007 at 12:13 AM
  1. Well bugger me with a 10 foot barge pole! I thought it was going to be one of those sappy Downs Syndrome sufferer remembers all the words vids! A beautiful touch him reaching a crescendo just as the female judge Amanda reaches climax. Bravo!

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 06 14 at 12:21 AM • permalink

  2. I got goosebumps when I saw the video. People in tears, people spontaneously rising to their feet. He is a genuine talent.

    —Nora

    Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 06 14 at 12:27 AM • permalink

  3. That took my breath away.  The depth, the strength…unbelievable.  I predict Paul will be in Sydney in years to come.  Thanks for posting that, Tim.

    Posted by Jeffersonian on 2007 06 14 at 12:28 AM • permalink

  4. Dude can sing.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2007 06 14 at 12:32 AM • permalink

  5. Not bloody bad for a salesman at the Phone Warehouse.

    In fact, I think I’ll give him 100 out of 10!

    Great riches await this young man.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 06 14 at 12:36 AM • permalink

  6. I’m the only opera-singing mobile phone salesman in the vil-lage!

    Pretty stupendous, actually.

    Posted by Copious Maximus on 2007 06 14 at 01:05 AM • permalink

  7. I watched it twice it was so good. The clash of musical cultures so to speak reminds me of Sid Vicious meeting Freddie Mercury:

    While recording ``We Will Rock You’’ at Wessex studios, Mercury came face to face with Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who crawled on all fours up to Mercury while he was playing the piano, ``So you’re this Freddie Platinum bloke that’s supposed to be bringing ballet to the masses,’’ Vicious snarled, prompting a completely unfazed response from Mercury: ``Ah, Mr. Ferocious, we’re trying our best, dear.’’

    Posted by Nic on 2007 06 14 at 01:18 AM • permalink

  8. Oh, man.  Absolutely stunning.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 06 14 at 01:20 AM • permalink

  9. Wonderful! just bloody wonderful. The fat Welsh
    bastard. envy/off

    Posted by Crusader-Rabbit on 2007 06 14 at 01:23 AM • permalink

  10. Bryn Terfel better watch out.

    New Welsh kid on the block with some serious firepower.

    Hard to believe that he is not a classically trained tenor.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 06 14 at 01:28 AM • permalink

  11. Thanks for that Tim.

    I was bawling as much as the old ladies in the audience.

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 02:04 AM • permalink

  12. This has just moved my old Mum to tears. Trust me when I say that’s no mean feat.

    Posted by geoff on 2007 06 14 at 02:08 AM • permalink

  13. Here is his Wikipedia entry.

    Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 14 at 02:20 AM • permalink

  14. Amazing. Stunning.

    Posted by darrinhV2 on 2007 06 14 at 02:21 AM • permalink

  15. Jaysus, what a talent!  Very moving to witness.

    Posted by Olrence on 2007 06 14 at 02:21 AM • permalink

  16. .......

    Posted by EvilK on 2007 06 14 at 02:48 AM • permalink

  17. Wouldnt be hard to work out what ring tones he sells on the mobiles.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2007 06 14 at 02:50 AM • permalink

  18. #17 - Crazy Frog?

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 06 14 at 02:51 AM • permalink

  19. Hope this earns him some pussy.

    Posted by Honkie Hammer on 2007 06 14 at 02:53 AM • permalink

  20. Sorry to be a wet blanket - it’s a set-up. Fine performance indeed, but not from an amateur.

    I’m a trained singer as it happens and have mixed and performed with other singers, trained and untrained, on and off for 25 years.  I speak in public every weekend and practice voice production before speaking. 

    I can say that a performance of that standard takes not only natural talent but a great deal - years - of professional coaching. There are some give-aways if you know what to look for. The bright ‘edge tone’ comes from extensive correct use of the vocal cords in the same way you don’t win a championship marathon or sprint without years of training. The position of the tongue - flat and up against the lower teeth - is not a natural position and is taught. The pouting or outward thrust of both lips is intended to mimic the projection qualities of the bell on brass instruments, so the theory goes. It’s not natural - try a bit of bathtub singing while thrusting your lips outward, dropping your bottom jaw, holding your tongue against your teeth while breathing from the abdomen without moving your upper chest or raising your shoulders.  It’s tricky -  takes practice. Crooners and singers (even professionals) who use amplification don’t do these things - only singers who have to project into a large theatre without amplification do it.

    So - magnificent voice, top-class interpretation but it’s a hustle.  The bloke is a pro.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2007 06 14 at 03:25 AM • permalink

  21. #20 - Yeah, but he still made a female judge orgasm on live TV. That’s what I found impressive.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 06 14 at 03:29 AM • permalink

  22. #20 - How, exactly, is it a hustle? Nobody said he’s an amateur; it appears to me that a singer has entered a singing competition and impressed the audience. I think I appreciate this in the same way as one of the Youtube commentators, who wrote:

    He is a great singer and he’s an ordinary, nice, humble man with a dream. For many, including myself, when we see Paul we see a big part of who we want to be… and that connection goes deep.

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 06 14 at 03:53 AM • permalink

  23. O/T but some jolly good news- Bryla and his pongy pals have been convicted, sentencing tomorrow. Caloo Calaay!!!

    No doubt they’re already assuming marytr status.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 06 14 at 03:54 AM • permalink

  24. I hope Paul does well. He can sing.

    #23
    O’ frabjous day!

    I’m thinking desserts. Just ones.

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 03:59 AM • permalink

  25. Magnificent!

    Posted by Wand on 2007 06 14 at 04:03 AM • permalink

  26. To me it was a very fine voice but lacking in professional polish. I agree with #20 that the guy must have had training, but I didn’t think he sounded like a seasoned pro. I thought he wobbled around the high note.

    As for the audience reaction, perhaps what was on before him (mostly rubbish) could explain the enthusiasm. Remember that this is one of the most inspiring pieces of music ever written, but the great majority of people have never heard it performed live. There is something uniquely thrilling about great opera performed well, and you need to experience it live for full effect.

    Posted by zscore on 2007 06 14 at 04:07 AM • permalink

  27. It appears that while justice may well be blind, she has an acute sense of smell.

    BTW, I thought all Taffs could sing- if you’ve ever been to the ‘Arms Park you’d know what I mean.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 06 14 at 04:12 AM • permalink

  28. I envy anyone who can sing anything at all. Our entire family were/are tone deaf. My mother refused to go to church anymore if my father insisted on singing the hymns. I was with her on that one - he was bloody awful. I went to a small country primary school so we were all in the choir for the end of year concert. After hearing me sing, the teacher said I could stay in the choir for the concert, but I had to mime the words and stay silent.

    So good on you Paul Potts, mobile phone salesman, whether you are trained or not. It brought a tear to my eye, but maybe I’m getting soft as I approach the big six zero.

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2007 06 14 at 04:47 AM • permalink

  29. Hop over to the Tele and check out Connie, 6 years old and pretty damn good, too.

    Here’s the link.

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 04:51 AM • permalink

  30. My father was a good singer, though he never tried opera (at least not around me—I used to yell at him for singing “Danny Boy”). A lot of people can actually sing who aren’t in the music business—believe it or not, the singing talent, at least in the classical music end of things, comes before the lessons. However, talent alone won’t get you anywhere—you need connections, and the ability to self-promote, and so on. Also discipline and drive. (If we are talking about pop music, though, you can pretty much get by on a pretty face and a hot bod. They’ll pipe your thing little voice through a machine to make it sound like something.)

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 06 14 at 05:52 AM • permalink

  31. Wow.  I had to listen to that twice.  Amazing.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 06 14 at 05:56 AM • permalink

  32. Like habib said, he’s a Taff. They pretty much are taught to sing in the cradle.

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 05:57 AM • permalink

  33. It sounded simply wonderful to me. Trained or not, I wish I could do what he did.

    Posted by you bet on 2007 06 14 at 06:14 AM • permalink

  34. We could all back him up with our Air Guitars. :0

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 06:19 AM • permalink

  35. I still like the Flea Market Montgomery guy better. Now THAT was talent!

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 14 at 06:34 AM • permalink

  36. He’s remarkably good, isn’t he?

    Simon looked stunned.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 06:47 AM • permalink

  37. Is that you Ash_ or Mr Ash_?

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 06:51 AM • permalink

  38. #20 agreed. The fact that he’s honed a wonderful talent with years of dedicated training cannot detract from the fineness of his performance. What does detract is the obvious attempt by the judges and the program producers to deceive and manipulate the emotions of the audience.  Pretending they didn’t know his ability defies credibility – the disparaging glances that just happen to be caught by the camera, the too obvious condescension and skepticism. Are we to believe that these performers don’t have to audition before they get anywhere near the televised performance? Oh, please. This program has all the credibility of a Michael Moore documentary (or ABC current affairs report)

    Posted by hooligan on 2007 06 14 at 06:59 AM • permalink

  39. Habib ... all Taffs sing well, and drink even better ... Pavarotti Paul Potts sings well ... here’s a rugby favourite of mine, Swing Low sung at Arms Park, sans the arm movements.  A great song sung in company.  Enjoy ...

    Posted by Stevo on 2007 06 14 at 07:09 AM • permalink

  40. I think Mahler wrote a song cycle for such as he - it was called something like “Songs of a Travelling Salesman”. linky.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 06 14 at 07:21 AM • permalink

  41. It’s Ash_ now Pogria. Mr Ash_ is finally letting me lay on the couch, instead of in bed.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 07:21 AM • permalink

  42. I’ve heard worse voices than that at Covent Garden, and the emotional engagement was very striking - contrast with the lifeless look in Pavarotti’s eyes as he sings the same - but Pavarotti is still streets ahead for control.  Would Paul get through the whole opera I wonder?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONUCPKdGcrk

    Posted by rexie on 2007 06 14 at 07:29 AM • permalink

  43. #41
    Hi Ash
    <<<waves>>>
    glad to hear you’ve moved to the sofa.
    Jess is a hoot, we like him.
    Take care of eachother.

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 07:44 AM • permalink

  44. #43 Hi Kae!

    I was starting to feel dirty laying in bed all day. Especially since the entire bed has Jesse’s sweat all over it. Ew.

    You like Mr. Jesse do you Kae? He has his moments where I can’t stop laughing at him.

    I’d take care of him if he’d let me!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 07:46 AM • permalink

  45. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me that likes Jess.
    He’s been really, really worried about you… how have you been?
    Do you have to rest till September now? That’s a looooooooooooong time…

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 07:50 AM • permalink

  46. I’m doing alright now Kae. I got a lot of sleep, which was good for me.

    I know he’s been worried. I couldn’t have a better man than Jesse. He’s been amazing.

    The doctors want me to rest up for at least a week, then they’ll check me out and we’ll know from then what else I’m supposed to do.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 07:55 AM • permalink

  47. Well, Ash, as someone else here, wiser than me, said earlier, take advantage of it now while you can, ‘cos once Ember is out and about you won’t have time to yourself for a while.
    But you’ll love it!

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 08:08 AM • permalink

  48. Kae, I almost can’t wait!

    I can’t wait to play with the little one. I’m hoping there will be days we get so dirty that Jesse will have to hose us off before we go inside!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 08:11 AM • permalink

  49. The local ABC in Canberra played it just before 6pm while I was driving home.

    Wonderful.

    Actually, that makes two great things I heard on ABC radio today.  The other was Chris Uhlmann on AM this morning pinning Mr Rudd down on productivity growth.  Great stuff!

    Posted by PeterTB on 2007 06 14 at 08:14 AM • permalink

  50. Hi Ash_

    so glad everything’s fine. No more 3am chats for a while. Save them for when you’re up feeding and burping little Cinders. You only need one hand to type!
    Best to all three!!!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 08:16 AM • permalink

  51. Thanks Pogria. I was terrified for a while there.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 08:18 AM • permalink

  52. Very fine performance.

    Er, BTW, who was the dark-eyed lady judge?

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 08:19 AM • permalink

  53. rexie ... good link to the Pavarotti performance ... whilst on the singing/YouTube theme, I cannot go past one of my favourites performed by Montserrat Caballe ... she does this one quite well ... O mio babbino caro.  Here’s another from her that doesn’t sound so scratchy ... O mio babbino caro.

    This song brings tears to my eyes nearly every time I play it ... it’s a personal thing ... hmmm ... a bloke crying? ... does anyone else like Puccini’s piece “Oh, My Beloved Father”?

    Posted by Stevo on 2007 06 14 at 08:24 AM • permalink

  54. I like shedding tears to a good bit of opera from time to time, but I hate having my emotions jerked around by “reality” tv people. There’s an essay in that somewhere but damn if I’m smart enough to write it.

    Posted by dean martin on 2007 06 14 at 08:27 AM • permalink

  55. How is it a hustle? Well, “the world of show business seems a million miles away”. “I find it difficult to be confident in myself”. Uh huh.

    What went unmentioned is that he’s spent two years travelling Italy with a professional Opera company, and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Here’s his bio:

    http://www.bathopera.co.uk/Past Productions/Aida/aida_biographies.htm

    No question that he’s a fine singer. But sandbagging is the very definition of manipulative; he’s a pro trying to pass himself off as a a gifted amateur.

    Posted by William de Haan on 2007 06 14 at 08:30 AM • permalink

  56. Singing is distinctly not a Paco family talent. Old Paco sounds like a bull frog with diptheria when he attempts to croon, and Mother Paco used to put me in mind of a bagpipe dropped from a ten story building. Mrs. Paco was once bustling about the kitchen singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, of all things, and it came out sounding like “Deutschland Über Alles”. Because my range is only about half an octave, my own singing resembles one of those stupid European police sirens. But, hey, as the Bible says: “Make a joyful noise”.

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 08:43 AM • permalink

  57. “Britain’s got Talent” and the “A**** Idol” shows are contrived like the very ordinary “Big Brother”.  I don’t watch them, but my kids love them.  That’s one reason why my daughter thinks I’m “gay”.

    Posted by Stevo on 2007 06 14 at 08:44 AM • permalink

  58. Still wiping tears from my eyes.

    Posted by moptop on 2007 06 14 at 08:58 AM • permalink

  59. Dutchy, Say it ain’t so. Oh well, it is good to be manipulated once in a while. Like Jack Black in “High Fidelity”, then he sings “Let’s get it on” at the end, and everybody is flaberghasted.

    Posted by moptop on 2007 06 14 at 09:00 AM • permalink

  60. #55 William: Couldn’t get your link to work. But if he is more or less a “professional”, I agree that it kind of undercuts all that “diamond in the rough” stuff. On the other hand, I’ve never been afflicted with thr urge to watch any of these reality/talent programs, so they may be pure snake oil, for all I know.

    In any event, the guy does have a nice voice, particularly if you like opera. Which I can pretty much take or leave. Give me Perry Como and “Hubba Hubba, Dig You Later”.

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 09:01 AM • permalink

  61. Time To Say Goodbye ... and goodnight ...

    Posted by Stevo on 2007 06 14 at 09:06 AM • permalink

  62. Since a broad view of the current topic could be youtube links, try this one, Inconvenient Bingo

    Posted by moptop on 2007 06 14 at 09:13 AM • permalink

  63. #62,

    Wow moptop, all the water’s going to be gone because it’ll be melted!! Who’d a thought!!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 09:21 AM • permalink

  64. What does all the “Ash” crap have to do with this thread?

    Posted by you bet on 2007 06 14 at 09:28 AM • permalink

  65. #60 I’m with you there Paco. Get this palooka to belt out Papa Loves Mambo, and maybe he’ll have something.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 14 at 09:28 AM • permalink

  66. #60 Paco:

    Funny you bring Perry Como into this. The legend is, he was a barber who used to sing while he worked. Someone discovered him, and he went on to (as anyone who read the Guinness Book of World Records as a kid) become the world’s highest-paid TV performer of his time.

    Posted by Rittenhouse on 2007 06 14 at 09:31 AM • permalink

  67. #64 Perhaps if you cared to visit the blog more than once every other month you’d know.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 14 at 09:33 AM • permalink

  68. #64,

    ASH IS A FRIEND. WE CARE ABOUT HER.

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 09:33 AM • permalink

  69. ...or was that Mama Loves Mambo? 

    Sounding more like Bob Loves Alzheimers…

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 14 at 09:34 AM • permalink

  70. #64
    Well, you bet, have you got something constructive to add to the thread?

    Get the bug out of your arse.

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 09:36 AM • permalink

  71. #70,
    Hey Kae, perhaps we’re taking his words out of context!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 06 14 at 09:39 AM • permalink

  72. #69: No, daddy-o, you got it right the first time. You’re cookin’ with gas, now, Jackson.

    #66 Rittenhouse: Hadn’t heard that before; now I’m one up. I believe, because of the smoothness of his baritone voice, he was also at one time known as “The Human Tranquilizer” (a phrase I have had occasion to apply, in quite another context, to a variety of gasbags at the vast number of boring meetings I’ve had to attend in my lifetime).

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 09:43 AM • permalink

  73. Sorry about the link error. There is a space character in “Past Productions” that needs to be percent-sign-20. Preview shows it’s being cut from my post.

    Try this

    Or even http://tinyurl.com/yv78le

    Posted by William de Haan on 2007 06 14 at 09:46 AM • permalink

  74. #64, Maybe some people are decent and are actually concerned about the welfare of others.

    It’s been a rough few days for me, and the people here care about that, and I’m eternally grateful to them for it.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 10:04 AM • permalink

  75. Well, this thread made me break out my Puccini CDs, because I haven’t listened to them in a while, and I love Italian opera.

    #53 does anyone else like Puccini’s piece “Oh, My Beloved Father”?

    I like everything Puccini ever wrote, but I’m partial to Madama Butterfly and Turandot.

    It’s disappointing, but not really surprising, that the Paul Potts bit was a fraud.  That’s TV.  But I’d have fallen for it, because I’m a sucker for Cinderella stories.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 06 14 at 10:07 AM • permalink

  76. #72 That reminds me. A friend sent me a recording of the Hawaian Wedding Song, which he claimed to be sung by Perry Como. This now former friend is a dolt, because this was a recording by that hack Andy Williams. LORD how I hate that guy’s voice!
    Do you know if Mr Como ever recorded this song?

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 06 14 at 10:08 AM • permalink

  77. #75 RebeccaH, have you ever heard Al Bano Carrisi? It’s not really opera, but it’s good to listen to.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 10:24 AM • permalink

  78. #76: Oh, man, are you inside my head, or what? I, too, consider Andy Williams to be vastly inferior to the great Como (compare their respective versions of “Moon River”: gold vs. mold). Don’t know about Hawaian Wedding Song; will try to check.

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 10:32 AM • permalink

  79. That there was some purty singin.Like a lot of my generation I was primarily a rock fan.Later a blues nut.Especially Chicago style blues.We got a Mozart cd when greene jr. came along because everyone says Mozart is good for young ones.To my absolute shock I got hooked on classical music.Mozart arias .... man o man .Talk about chills down your spine. Only took me 45 years to get bitten by the classical bug.My best to the Ashes too.

    Posted by greene on 2007 06 14 at 11:57 AM • permalink

  80. Thanks Greene. Did Mozart work for Greene Jr?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 12:04 PM • permalink

  81. #77, Ash, do you mean Al Bano Carrisi the singer, or Liberta the song?  I may have Carrisi somewhere on one of my “Best of” CDs, but I don’t recognize him.  I have heard Liberta, though, somewhere.  Couldn’t give you specifics, but I vaguely remember something about the liberation of Kosovo.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 06 14 at 12:06 PM • permalink

  82. #81, I meant Al Bano Carrisi the singer.

    He’s done some very good songs, although his best ones aren’t on YouTube. Which is kind of a shame.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 12:15 PM • permalink

  83. #79: Only took me 45 years to get bitten by the classical bug.

    Yeah, I had the same experience. But with yogurt.

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 12:26 PM • permalink

  84. #80 Ash…. Mozart helped a little.But now, after two years of public school ,rap and to a lesser extent,country music are greene jrs. favorites. Good luck trying to find any kid friendly rap music. Ugh. Paco yogurt..heh heh.I’ve heard that Paco has skewed the odds horribly on the ember birthday pool.I’m not betting on anything that Paco and his legbreakers have money involved in.My birthday is Sept.17, by the way.Whole lotta virgos goin on around here.

    Posted by greene on 2007 06 14 at 12:49 PM • permalink

  85. Paco. Took me nearly 50 years to like greek yoghurt. I guess I’m growing up.

    Posted by kae on 2007 06 14 at 12:52 PM • permalink

  86. #84 Greene, kid friendly rap? They have that stuff? I wouldn’t even let a full grown adult listen to rap.

    Hey Paco, what are the odds at now? I have to know, so I can try to get in on a cut of the action.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 01:03 PM • permalink

  87. #86: I’m sorry, Ash; you and members of your immediate family are not eligible. You know: inside information and all.

    Well, all right. If you record your guess today, I guess it’ll be ok.

    Posted by paco on 2007 06 14 at 01:52 PM • permalink

  88. #87 Paco, it could be all the food I’ve eaten in the past hour, and so I’m feeling pretty heavy.  I reckon I’ll go for 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

    Watch me be spectacularly wrong!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 14 at 03:02 PM • permalink

  89. #61 Stevo;

    Time To Say Goodbye ... and goodnight ...

    I absolutely cannot listen to that at all. When it was played at my father’s memorial service, I, and both my sisters, just completely fell apart.

    Maybe 15 or 20 years from now. Maybe.

    Posted by steveH on 2007 06 14 at 10:30 PM • permalink

  90. I am a professional opera singer. Really. Full time, quit in 2005 to return to America.
    This guy’s video is moving to me because he isscared to death. Look at his hands, the set of his shoulders. He is not a finished artist. There are alot of people in that limbo of study between “don’t quit your day job” and “will this dressing room be allright, sir?” Some people never leave it. Luck/opportunity has alot to do with it. He just made a good move to get out. He needs training and coaching to join up his registers, (he sustained the high note but disappeared on the lower “nessun dorma”), better breath support to add ring and depth to the sound, and, god knows, acting lessons to be more at ease on stage. But someone around him is smart enough to get him in the spotlight here singing Puccini whose soaring harmonies thrill audiences while covering multiple sins of vocal technique in a way unforgiving Mozart or even Belcanto won’t - let’s hope he’s smart enough to grab the advantage.
    I wish him well no matter what his background. Music can’t be learned from books, it has to be passed from warm hand to warm hand.  Now he’ll meet the people who can do that for him - sicc’em tenore!

    Posted by kiwinews on 2007 06 15 at 12:24 AM • permalink

  91. Oh crap, I let the italics out!

    Posted by kiwinews on 2007 06 15 at 12:29 AM • permalink

  92. It’s true, every high note does kill a brain cell. My apologies to the company.

    Posted by kiwinews on 2007 06 15 at 12:31 AM • permalink

  93. #90

    Dame Kiri ?

    Posted by Pickles on 2007 06 15 at 12:57 AM • permalink

  94. Not too bad semi-pro performance, and the effect is heightened by his day job and his slightly funny looks, but there were at least three instances where he needed a ‘stepladder’ to get to the right note.

    But bravo to him anyway - it ain’t La Scala, and it would have been a pleasant change from the hip-gyrating pop-trash that usually passes for music on these sort of shows.

    Posted by Apparatchik on 2007 06 15 at 02:22 AM • permalink

  95. Naw, I’m american and not near that kind of superstar.

    Posted by kiwinews on 2007 06 15 at 02:22 AM • permalink

  96. Thanks, Tim. What a boost! Although I think I’ll still limit my audience to the dogs.

    Posted by GPE on 2007 06 15 at 08:38 PM • permalink

  97. He looked like he was going to piss his pants, but seemed to know what he was doing.  I have to agree with kiwinews, though.  Puccini makes panties fall off – most notoriously, those of the singer for whom he inserted Musette’s Waltz into la Boheme – but Mozart requires the performer to make everything look easy.  That’s much harder.  Hell, if Chris Martin can accomplish the same trick as Puccini, how difficult can it be?

    A pianist I met said that Chopin made him sweat when he played it, but Mozart made him sweat when he thought about it.

    Posted by Mitch on 2007 06 15 at 11:05 PM • permalink

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