We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
At age 15, Mark is already a veteran of the industry. His late Grandfather, Bruno Riccio OAM, realised Mark's talent as he sang along to Andrea Boccelli albums at the family's Italian restaurant at age nine. The boy soprano was soon taking singing lessons and before long Bruno was ferrying him to performances at markets, hospitals and charity balls, Mark's repertoire expanding to include swing and musical theatre numbers.
How can someone have such a wonderful and powerful voice at 15 years old? I know I am in the minority when I say this but it would sure be nice if a bit of good opera was heard on our radio stations these days. I guess good looking young men that sound like him and TV programs like Australia, Briton or America`s Got Talent may one day help it to happen. I think the last great tenor to be heard on American popular radio would be Mario Lanza when I was many years younger than I am now.
Nessun Dorma is an aria written for tenors. Mark is classified in the story as a "soprano", which is a female range. He should be more correctly classified a baritone, and should have selected an aria for that range, such as Non piu andrai
Well, I think Nessun Dorma is the one opera aria that the pop culture world recognizes. Maybe the Habanera from Carmen, too. I didn't care for it transposed down (at least it sounded transposed down), but the young man does have some really nice pipes. Some nice phrasing, too, in some places, especially for one so young.
Interesting to see what happens to the voice as he gets a little older.
Nessum Dorma was also done by Paul Potts as his audition number on "Britain's (England?)Got Talent" with the same audience reaction-can be seen on YouTube. Potts seems to be a true tenor and his version was (seemed to be) a key higher than this younger guy.