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The third interesting character from the ongoing saga of the show we don’t get to see but should, Britain’s Got Talent, is someone they’re calling Britain’s answer to Adam Lambert, a waiter named Greg Pritchard. He’s got that same sexually-ambiguous rocker look, and if Adam Lambert is both adored and reviled for his high pitched shrieks, this guy takes it a step, no, make that a whole staircase higher. Which brings a term from the early 17th century to a modern mass audience: the countertenor. Basically it’s like a male soprano. A male singing voice that can approximate the female soprano voice.
Actually, I’m not a big fan of his version of the revered “Nessun Dorma”. Aside from the fact that it’s a male aria, his version was quite wobbly and he breathed in between the word, “vincero”, which none of the great tenors ever did. Paul Potts did it way better. But nevertheless, we seldom see men who can sing like sopranos, and sing it relatively well. So I think he’s at least worth a second listen. I’d like to see what else he can sing aside from this aria, and if he can sing it as well.
This reminds me of the 1994 film, “Farinelli”, about the Italian opera singer considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time. Castrato, meaning, men whose testicles were castrated before puberty, to maintain the purity of their angelic voices. Not to be confused with eunuchs, who were adult men when they were de-testicled.