Sunday, April 14, 2024

10-Year-Old Opera Sensation Closes Boca Fest

The Festival of the Arts BOCA’s youngest performer, 10-year-old sensation Jackie Evancho stunned the nation in August of last year when she performed a Puccini number on “America’s Got Talent.” A lyric soprano with

the voice of a seasoned adult, the Pittsburgh prodigy instantly become a YouTube sensation and hasn’t looked back since, performing at parades and sporting events and releasing a top-selling EP in her classical crossover style.

Evancho will close the 2011 Festival of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a special program titled “A Night of the Opera.” She will be joined on the Mizner Park Amphitheater stage by the Young Stars of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boca Symphonia. Tickets are $35 to $125. Call 866/571-2787 of

How young were you when you realized how talented you were, and what event (or events) made you think that you might be able to record music professionally?

It was only a few years ago that I started to sing. I went to see the movie “The Phantom of the Opera” with my mom. When I got home, I started singing the songs! I didn’t think about recording songs – It wasn’t until I got onto “America’s Got Talent” that I was asked to perform. I love it though.

How much has your life changed Since “America’s Got Talent?” Are you treated differently at school?

My life has changed, and so has my family’s, but we still do very normal things. They are very strict that I stay at home a lot of the time and don’t travel too much. I still go to school and am not treated differently. I love school and all my friends there.

You’ve performed in front of hundreds of thousands live, let alone the millions watching on TV. Do you get nervous? What goes through your head right before you go onstage?

I do get a bit nervous, but I use it in a positive way. I just focus on the song and try to do as best I can.

Many have noted that your voice sounds very adult. Did your mature singing voice come naturally, or is it something you worked at?

It came very naturally – that’s just the way I sing. My mom helps me and teaches me.

What songs would you most like to record on the future?

I just recorded a studio album that will be out this spring/summer. It’s a mix of well-known songs and unknown songs. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

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