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In 1990, the joint efforts of the World Cup and the Three Tenors provided opera singing with its biggest ever foray into the pop charts. Unassuming tenor Paul Potts, originally from Bristol, took opera back to the very top of the charts with the album One Chance 17 years later, and he too had a helping hand from the enormously popular television talent show Britain's Got Talent. There is no denying that Paul Potts has indeed got talent, but is he a better singer than any of the Three Tenors? Certainly not. Still, a TV talent show captures the public almost as much as the World Cup, and Potts rides this wave extremely well. He began his trip into TV stardom singing that staple of operatic performance Nessun Dorma, and this aria opens the album too. The problem is that by 2007 the song was so famous that Potts openly invites comparisons with a multitude of operatic tenors who have sung it before. Not that this is any bad thing; it's a difficult song to sing well and Potts does sing nicely in tune, every note well rehearsed, but there is a lack of real feeling and emotion that betrays his rapid rise. In fact, One Chance is not really an opera album at all, and the millions of people who bought it thinking they were buying into a slice of high culture got an album filled with tracks like "Time to Say Goodbye" (Con Te Partirò), a hit single from Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli; "Everybody Hurts" (Ognuno Soffre), originally by R.E.M.; and versions of "My Way," "Cavatina" (the theme from The Deer Hunter), and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera. The track "Caruso" had been recorded by almost everyone in this genre from Russell Watson to Il Divo, and in a similar way that Vittorio Grigolo took a modern pop song, Keane's "Bedshaped," and made it sound like an operatic aria, so Potts translates Westlife's "You Raise Me Up" into Italian and produces a sound far removed from the Westlife hit. One Chance was the sort of album that had the stamp of Simon Cowell all over it, very similar to his Il Divo projects. Cowell had an ear for a good tune, and knew what would sell and how to package the moment to maximum effect. This is the type of album that comes along every so often and persuades people that they like opera, when previously they might have thought they did not. If it went on to introduce anybody to other singers in the genre aside from Paul Potts, no doubt he would be one of the first to cheer, but unfortunately, as with the Three Tenors, once out of the spotlight, so was the music. [A ten-track U.K. version of One Chance was also released.]



För den som älskar klassisk musik är den grym. Sätt dig ner och blunda o bara njut.

musikhistoriens värsta exempel på exploatering. Är publiken dum??

Som operasångare är Paul Potts en vek röst som inte bär utan dagens nya hjälpmedel med autotuning och supermikrofoner. Denna skiva är en skymf mot allt vad konstmusik heter. Skivbolaget tjänar väl pengar men vadå??? det låter ju apa. människan kan ju inte sjunga. att dessutom sjunga in nedtransponerade operaarior med en närliggande mikrofon är ju absurbt!! Mannen har ingenting på en scen att göra. Alla älskar vi askungesagor men detta är för hemskt för att vara sant. Det finns tusentals skolade och tränade röster runt om i världen som inte får chansen, sen kommer denna figur... nej tvi. Publiken är inte dum eller är den det? Vi fick nog av Bocelli under 90-talet och Lotti. Vi behöver inte en till!!!




Född: 13 oktober 1970 i Bristol, England

Genre: Klassiskt

Aktiva år: '00s, '10s

Paul Potts was exactly what the producers of Britain's Got Talent were looking for when they finally launched the program in the U.K. after much delay: an ordinary bloke, working in an ordinary job, but with an extraordinary talent. Simon Cowell's latest project, after half a decade of involvement with TV talent shows primarily involving singers, was a national contest with a public vote for all types of talents — singers, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists, and even more extreme novelty acts....
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