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Sweden’s got talent, too July 9, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Italian, Opera, Theater, Vaudeville, Weirdness.

Paul Potts, a cellphone salesman from Port Talbot, South Wales, with a name only a Cambodian dictator could love, has won the Britain’s Got Talent TV competition with a little ditty that some Italian guy wrote for the World Cup:

Okay, before we get too excited, this was his competition in the finals:

That football song Mr. Potts was singing was written by Giacomo Puccini for his last opera, Turandot.

In all sincerity, I wish Mr. Potts a long and prosperous career. The more successful he is selling records singing arias like “Nessun dorma”, the more likely a few of his fans will seek out this:

Far be it from me to question’s Simon Cowell’s taste in opera, but I think I know which version I prefer. And comparing the two is unfair, but then, comparing any tenor to Jussi Björling is unfair.

Although come to think of it, there is a resemblance:

Jussi Bjorling and Paul Potts

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1. Justina Sodemann - September 25, 2007

The BGT champ is singing the famous aria Nessun Dorma from Turandot, but it is hardly a “little ditty that some Italian guy wrote for the World Cup.” The World Cup theme is Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly written by Giacomo Puccini.
– Justina Sodemann

2. Jeff - September 27, 2007

We’re both right: Nessun Dorma was the theme the BBC used for its coverage of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, and ITV used Un bel di as its theme for the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.

The 2014 Cup will probably be in Brazil, but I can’t think of any opera Puccini ever wrote that took place in South America, so maybe it’s time for this. Which, after all, Offenbach wrote for his football team.

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