1. Tom A. says

    He’s a “star” in LA? I think you could find a better singer in the smallest opera company companies in the US! He’s not bad, but I doubt he could get a paying gig singing opera anywhere. There was a much better female opera singer last year- who went pretty far I think.

  2. Billy says

    I have to agree with Tom A. He’s not bad, but every tenor who trains classically sings that aria at some point. I’m not saying he’s without talent, I’m just saying that it isn’t especially extraordinary talent.

    Also… The use of Beethoven’s 9th at the end is a bit ridiculous… At least use something Mozart, or something from an opera…

  3. Dan says

    Okay, no need for opera snobbery – he’s just entertaining – and there’s no denying he was good at that – the audience was very entertained. He may not be a better singer than your real opera singers, but he has created a persona, that is his talent.

  4. busytimmy says

    It’s written for a baritone, not a tenor. No tenor sings this. Count Almaviva is the tenor in the opera, “The Barber of Seville”.

  5. jeff in la says

    @ Tom A. and Billy. He is a performance artist not an opera singer. He has been around for sometime and is an amazing performer. He has quite a following in Los Angeles. Great to see him get some national exposure.

  6. says

    I prefer Prince Poppycock to that Paul Potts knock-off who won America’s Got Talent in 2008. It seems that the British and American versions of Got Talent try to rip each other off. They had Susan Boyle last year on BGT; a few months later, that chicken farmer won AGT. (Frankly, Susan Boyle is overrated as fuck, but at least she was charming. I didn’t get a damn thing about Kevin Skinner, whom the producers seemed hell-bent on pimping as a winner even though he was only competent as a singer.) I’m hoping that this season will actually have talented, personable acts, as opposed to manipulative, derivative drivel.

  7. says

    This show is the worst. It’s like 6 minutes of performances and 40 minutes of garbage fluff. Prince PC was just ok. He didn’t even attempt to hit the notes that awesome opera singers hit to knock you out of your socks. He went the safe route and dropped down at the climax. That sounds dirty.

    If I didn’t have a way to FF through the show, I’d never in a million years watch it. Thank Whoever for Hulu.

  8. Guest says

    If you “want to be a singer”, it’s important to know when and when *not* to use portamento, and if it appropriate to the style of the era of opera that you’re singing. If you’re gonna *do* an opera aria from the High Classical period (and you want to be considered a ‘real; singer), at least know proper ornamentation and performance style before you begin.

  9. kitty says

    Prince Poppycock was entertaining even if in a real opera theater he’d have been booed off the stage (as would be Paul Potts or Neal Boyd). But it’s not like anybody expects a real operatic talent to come out of this show, it’s not exactly Met Council Auditions.

    As to opera, for those who are interested, this is how this aria sounds (and looks) when it is performed at the Met (subtitled):

  10. MadM@ says

    oh look, opera snobs, whoda thunk :b

    Some of the most famous entertainers we’ve seen haven’t had perfect voices. It’s all about finding an audience- if you do that, you’ve made it, regardless of your technical prowess.

  11. kitty says

    @MADM – there is no question that Prince Poppycock is a good entertainer and will have its audience.

    He is not, however, an opera singer. This is simply a matter of definition: opera singer is a singer that performs in opera. A lot more people can sing an aria with a microphone. But singing in live operas involves 1) unamplified singing i.e. being able to project so that one’s voice carries without aid of a microphone on both loud and soft passages. If you notice, he is wearing a mike. 2) being on stage for 3-5 hours with 1-3 intermissions, in lead roles – singing most of the time (without a microphone), without a single mistake i.e. at a similar level of technical perfection as one would expect form a concert pianist or violinist 3) having clear foreign language diction and expressing the words 4) acting. Now, Prince Poppycock can act and he might do well on Broadway, but his singing is simply not at opera standards.

    I think also that a lot of people don’t understand how much talent there is in opera. Not just at the top, but in provincial theaters or in colleges all over the US. Just to give you an idea of the pool of talent in opera, this is the trailer to Metropolitan Opera documentary “The Audition”. Singers you hear in this trailer are not stars (though 2 of them have since sang lead roles in major opera theater), they are finalists at a prestigious opera competition where almost 2000 young opera singers compete every yera. Some of them will become stars, others will disappear.

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