Soprano prodigy comes to Omaha
August 24th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A soprano prodigy is taking the stage Friday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Sheâ€™s just 11 years old, but Jackie Evancho can sing with a pitch-perfect sound and a big voice. Evancho sprang on to the music scene during last summerâ€™s edition of the NBC reality series Americaâ€™s Got Talent, where she wowed the audience with a powerful operatic performance of Pucciniâ€™s â€œO Mio Babbino Caro.â€ Sharon Osbourne, a judge on the show, summed up her performance:
â€œWhen you first started to sing, I thought, is this for real? I canâ€™t believe that from this tiny body this huge, mature voice that you have. Iâ€™ve never seen anything like it.â€
Evancho took second place on the show, and has now begun performing around the country. A native of Pittsburgh, she sang the National Anthem at the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener last year.
Speaking on Pittsburghâ€™s WPXI, Evancho explained her love for classical music and performance. â€œI never really had a pop voice,â€ she said. â€œI usually had a classical voice. But even if I had a pop voice, I would have gone with classical, because with classical, youâ€™re able to show emotion with it.â€
Evancho is now on tour, with a stop in Omaha on Friday, to promote her album â€œDream With Me.”
Watch Jackie Evancho perform on PBS’ Great Performances: