Thursday, December 27, 2007

Paul Potts


“Mama, can we listen to some opera?”


That is the last thing I ever expected to hear from my 6-year-old while she was doing her school work. Of course, the last thing I ever expected my husband to buy was an opera CD, and opera was the last thing I expected to play over and over as I prepared Christmas Eve supper. We are pretty ordinary people, not really opera fans. I mean, my kids will sing the first line of “The Barber of Seville” over and over again till I think I’ll lose my mind, but they learned that from Alfalfa on Little Rascals. I enjoy classical music like Mozart, but I don’t listen with any real understanding, I just try to appreciate the sound. My kids enjoy it too. Billy doesn’t so much. None of us have ever liked opera.


Paul Potts changed that. I might be the only person on the internet who hadn’t heard of this unassuming Welsh cell phone salesman, the latest winner of Britain’s Got Talent. The YouTube clip of his first performance on the show made me cry. I think the reason I’ve never liked opera before is that the few opera singers I’ve heard came off as soulless performers. Paul Potts sings with a childlike wonder that lets you know he is in love with what he’s doing. He’s a common, ordinary guy singing opera, and singing it beautifully. Our opera-free home has now been introduced to these lovely classical pieces, because when Paul Potts sings, the music comes to life.


He’s already sold 2 million copies of his debut album. If you aren’t one of the 2 million who have discovered Paul Potts, I encourage you to get a copy. I bet you’ll enjoy it, even if you think you don’t like opera.

5 comments:

Erica said...

Thanks for telling us about him! I'd never heard of him, nor have I ever liked opera, but I like this guy. :-) You're right, there is a lot of heart in his performance. That's what makes it!

Jen said...

The girls and I watched him via your link. They loved him, too! His humbleness is endearing!

Anonymous said...

this phrase in your blog: I think the reason I’ve never liked opera before is that the few opera singers I’ve heard came off as soulless performers. Paul Potts sings with a childlike wonder that lets you know he is in love with what he’s doing. He’s a common, ordinary guy singing opera, and singing it beautifully. Our opera-free home has now been introduced to these lovely classical pieces, because when Paul Potts sings, the music comes to life.
I have read a lot of news articles and watched many interviews, but this sums up opera and Paul Potts better than anything I have ever heard in fact i love your whole blog entry
john

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I love opera! If you like Mr. Potts' performances, you might like to listen to the entire opera Turandot by Puccini, which is the opera that "Nessun Dorma" came from. It is probably my favorite.

Donetta said...

He is amazing. It is anointed I think it is one of those things that can touch deeply the heart of everyone who hears it.