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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