Like Paul Potts, Neal E. Boyd was in his thirties, an overweight everyman working a nondescript job and living a rather unremarkable life. Then, like Paul in 2007, Neal in 2008 walked out on stage to audition on his nation’s biggest talent show and began to sing. Boy, did he (they) ever! Both Paul and Neal blew the judges and audience away with Nessun Dorma, the opera aria popularized by Luciano Pavarotti‘s performance at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
Like Paul, it wasn’t just Neal’s vocal skill that made him special. It was his passion and emotion and raw vulnerability that touched everyone’s heart. Both men put themselves on the line in front of an audience of millions not simply because they wanted to but because they had to if they wanted to remain true to themselves and fulfill the destiny they felt called to pursue. One way or another, those ninety seconds on stage would determine the course of the rest of their lives.
Their bravery paid off. Big time. Paul won the 2007 Britain’s Got Talent and Neal triumphed in the 2008 America’s Got Talent. Today, they sing opera all over the world and are living the lives of their dreams! May every one of us find the courage to listen to that still small voice within us that urges us to learn, to grow, to push through our fear, to do hard things and to risk it all when destiny comes calling.
As a bonus, here is Neal singing Somewhere later on in the competition. He dedicated it to his grandmother, who watched the video of his audition and then died the next day.
And here is the announcement of the grand prize winner of America’s Got Talent.
ITALIAN LYRICS TO NESSUN DORMA
Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che tremano d’amore
e di speranza.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia!
(Il nome suo nessun saprà!…
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)
Dilegua, o notte!
ENGLISH LYRICS TO NESSUN DORMA
Nobody shall sleep!…
Nobody shall sleep!
Even you, o Princess,
in your cold room,
watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know…
On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!…
(No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
Vanish, o night!
Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.