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Archive for the ‘opera’ Category

Il Volo

These three young men started singing together after an Italian Talent Show.  Here is an introduction to them.  Their name Il Volo means Flight.


Here they perform O Sole Mio on American Idol.


Here they sing Il Mondo.


Here is their version of Smile.





Placido Domingo is one of my favorite tenors and performs the song here.

Juan Diego Florez, a Peruvian tenor sings Granada.

Freddy Amigo was born in Chile but moved to Sweden 30 years ago.  Here he performs in Sweden’s Got Talent in 2010.

The Brindisi

The Brindisi is a drinking song from Verdi’s La Traviata. 

Placido Domingo and Sarah Brightman sang the song together in 1994.

Luciano Pavarotti also performed the song in 1994.

The Philadelphia Opera Company performed the song as a flashmob in 2010.

Funiculì, Funiculà

The song  was composed in 1880 to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius. 

Here it is sung by the Three Tenors.

Mario Lanza’s version:

Andre Bocelli also sings the song.

Nessun Dorma

Nessun Dorma was written by Puccini and is a well-known tenor aria.

The Three Tenors performed together in 1994 in LA at the World Cup.

It was Luciano Pavarotti’s signature aria and was played at his funeral in 2007.   Here he is singing it live in New York in 1980.

Paul Potts became a household name when he sang the song on Britain’s Got Talent in 2007.

Greg Pritchard also sang the song on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 but he sang it countertenor.

Time To Say Goodbye

Andrea Bocelli first sang this song, Con te Partiro in Italian.

He also recorded it in English with Sarah Brightman.

Jackie Evancho sang it on America’s Got Talent when she was ten years old.

Largo al factotum

Chinese baritone, Liao Changyong sings Largo al factotum from Barber of Seville.

On America’s Got Talent, we saw Prince Poppycock perform Largo al factotum as well.

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