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Posted October 1, 2010
get this out of the classical section!!!
This is a nice album of crossover, "easy-listening," uplifting music by another talented pretty-voiced singer. That I do not doubt. But as an "operatic" singer, this is total B.S. Why is this not just in the POP section? Why do they have to cheapen classical art and act like he's an "opera singer" just because he took classical voice lessons at some point in his life? There are a heck of a lot of conservatory students that "studied opera" who are working temp jobs in major cities because they don't have the technique and voice to be a "real" opera singer, and lots of well-known opera singers in the business who can't get a record put out because they can't make the record companies as much money as these fakers. This guy would be laughed off any major operatic stage! Yes, it's a nice album, just get it out of the classical section and quit acting like this guy is the next greatest operatic baritone. For those of you who said he's the "best opera singer I've heard," you obviously don't ever get to the opera! Go sometime and see how the REAL opera singers can do it - without synthesizers and a microphone. No doubt this man can appeal to mass audiences; I don't begrudge him success in his musical endeavors. Just quit marketing all these pop singers with somewhat "legit" voices as "opera stars!" i.e. Charlotte Church, with her hooty wobbly tone, Bocelli, with his goat-bleaty tenor that can't be heard over an orchestra in even SMALL opera houses, and this new guy, who used to be a lumberjack or something and discovered all of a sudden that he had a voice (and a marketing gimmick.) Would you want a doctor who "just discovered he could do surgery" overnight to operate on you? Why listen to someone who's not trained well to do what they're purporting to do? They are all jokes to anyone who knows classical singing a bit. Keep them in the pop section where they belong.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.