Posts Tagged ‘opera’

Amira Willighagen—The Little Girl With the Big Voice

October 30, 2013

Amira Willighagen

Amira Willighagen

How does a nine-year-old girl go from obscurity in Holland to international fame in two and a half minutes?

If your name is Amira Willighagen, you step out on stage for Holland’s Got Talent and start to sing.

As soon as Amira, who taught herself to sing opera by watching YouTube tutorial videos, began her performance of Giacomo Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, the judges’ collective jaw dropped to the floor.

“My brother Vincent plays violin, and I also (more…)

Jackie Evancho: A Little Girl With the Voice of an Angel

August 12, 2010

Ten-year-old Jackie Evancho stunned the audience of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, by singing O Mio Bobbino Caro, an aria by Giacomo Puccini. “Stunned” is the right word because Jackie is (more…)

The Inspirational Paul Potts

December 19, 2008


Paul Potts

I got chills the first time I watched Paul Potts‘ audition for the 2007 edition of Britain’s Got Talent. I still do. What added to the power of his performance was his ordinariness. Here he was, a mobile phone salesman, living a nondescript, average life. Then, BOOM!, he’s a household name, a YouTube sensation and an international singing sensation.

Who doesn’t love a good Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story when the recipient is a humble, insecure, down-to-earth guy who happens to be blessed with an amazing talent?

As soon as Paul starts to sing, he lays bare his soul, and every last drop of  beauty, joy, longing, passion and hurt he’s ever experienced rushes forth in a torrent. I don’t know of (more…)