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piggynose | 16:48 Sun 04th Jun 2023 | Music
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Btw it's sung by a local Italian man!!!

Why does this make me so emotional!?


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Nessun Dorma has become one of the best-known pieces of "classical" music due to Italia '90, and then by Paul Potts, a fairly average tenor when compared to Pavarotti et al.
Probably the crescendo at the end.
Bless him..
He sang it with such passion.
Loved it!
Should be the GMEB theme song. ‘None can sleep’ :-)
Blame Puccini. He’s a master at the tear jerker. A certain aria in La Boheme has me sobbing every time - and it’s not even at a sad part of the story!
It's an evocative piece that will carry almost any audience, and any singer, along with it.

As advised, Mr Potts is an adequate, but by no means exceptional tenor, but the emotions of the song, coupled with the emotions of that audience, gave him greater credence than his talent deserved.

Most people, and I am one of them, would not spot the absence of real skill any an operatic performance, so we clap and whoop along because to our untrained ears, it sounds wonderful.

But as I have said, that is the song, not the singer.

He's done well out of it, and good luck to him - there are always more and bigger audiences who don't actually understand what is being offered to them.
Do you think he wandered in off the street or perhaps he was singing for his supper?
Whatever the reason, he sang it really well.
Barsel, as I pointed out, Mr Potts is apparently (it's not my area of expertise) an adequate tenor, it was the audience, and the emotions of the piece that carried him home on a wave of goodwill.
This is the best guy singing Nessum Dorma in the opera world today IMO.

Someone who knows about these things once told me that we all possess something known as the sympathetic nerve and that is what is responsible for our various reactions to music.
The first time I ever went to the opera was to see Madame Butterfly at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. The minute the orchestra played the first chords of Puccini's music, tears started streaming down my face to my great shock. Then I looked around me and everyone else was doing the same. Wonderful.
It’s not the singer, LB. it’s the music. It’s overwhelming.
Wasn't Paul Potts a regular on this site years ago ?
My Grandad used to sing that, he was leading tenor soloist with the Royal Welsh Male Voice Choir. He had a beautiful voice which I was much too young to appreciate at the time
Ladybirder - The enviable skill of any artist is to be able to create a piece of art that creates a reaction in people who encounter it - and often that reaction is on a subconscious level we cannot understand. But it works.
"Barsel, as I pointed out"

Barsel is talking about the man in the OP, not Paul Potts.
I remember really clearly the first time I heard Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber) and the tears just rolled down my face.
When I told my daughter, she explained that that piece of music is often used in films for the sad parts.
I'm not surprised.
Jim, I wondered why AH was directing that to me.
That's what I think I said Naomi LOL. As soon as the orchestra struck the first chords that was me gone, tears streaming.
LB That was great, and he's better looking than Pavorotti and Paul Potts too. :-)

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