being an avid non-fan of reality/contest television, i’m not very aware of 15-minutes-of-fame folk who scramble to get their faces on the tube. however… i just discovered jackie evancho, an 11 year-old with astonishing operatic talent, who was discovered via these shows. apparently i don’t watch enough t.v., since not only is she now a platinum-level selling artist, but she also sang “o holy night” at last christmas’ national tree lighting and the national anthem at the nhl winter classic this past january.
her voice is simply amazing.
1. “nessum dorma” (from giacomo puccini’s opera turandot ) on pbs great performances:
2. “angel” (sarah mclachlan) on pbs great performances: