Jackie Evancho to Sing Opera at Davies Symphony Hall in Frisco

Jackie Evancho to offer two performances in California and another in Utah(Photo: jackieevancho.com)
Jackie Evancho to offer two performances in California and another in Utah(Photo: jackieevancho.com)

Shades of Charlotte Church…Good or Bad for an 11-Year-Old to Do This?

Please don’t shoot the messenger, but some are questioning the wisdom in the blossoming career of Jackie Evancho, the 11-year-old who burst onto the music scene with her performance on America’s Got Talent.  There is no disputing the fact that she is extremely talented, but unlike those who play instruments at an early age, the risks in pushing a young voice too quickly are much like allowing young athletes to snap off a curve ball before their bodies mature.  Do too much too soon, or use your voice incorrectly, and you’re done.

Only time will tell what kind of career Ms. Evancho will have and how her voice will change with age.  It is, however, always intriguing to watch and marvel at such talent in one so young.

Read Jackie Evancho to Bring her Opera Voice to Fresno (Fresno Bee)

Read Jackie Evancho to Sing Grand Opera (Norman Lebrecht)

Watch Jackie Evancho sing Time to Say Goodbye with Sara Brightman

Another big prize for Simon Rattle. Why?

Writer and critic Norman Lebrecht wants to know how Maestro Rattle, who is seldom even IN Denmark, was awarded over $100,000.

Read Another big prize for Simon Rattle (Arts Journal)

You Know More About Music Than You Think

At least that’s the opinion of neuroscientist Daniel Levitin.  He has set out to demystify classical music for those who think they have no business listening to it because they don’t understand it.

The researcher likes to quote country sheriff Andy Griffith when it comes to classical music.

“Opera ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of hollering, but it’s high class hollering.”

To prove his point, Levitin puts together a concert and conversation each year he calls Beethoven and you Brain, an opportunity for the audience to listen to various pieces of music, asking questions and commenting in between.

Read Beethoven’s Brain is a Lot Like Yours (Toronto.com)

Comments
  • Anonymous

    ►► Jackie Evancho is a Classical Crossover singer… she does not sing opera. Opera is a stage play set to music where the cast is required to trumpet lines of dialog to the rafters unamplified… Ms. Evancho sings with amplification. She does perform songs that are coincident to those that may performed in an opera, but singing, and singing operatically, are worlds apart. Again, Jackie Evancho does not sing opera.

  • gwv

    The Messenger brings false rumors about a nice little girl.
    Bang!

  • Stephen Runnels

    Boyce Lancaster’s ignorance of Jackie Evancho does nothing
    but cause confusion and is very disrespectful of this little girl.  How much effort could it take to learn the
    basics of someone you write about? 

    • Truthseeker

      READ:  For an article from an author that understans and connects unlike the two Reads cited take a look at a review of Jackie’s LA concert.

      http://www.examiner.com/rock-music-in-los-angeles/jackie-evancho-dream-with-me-concert-review

    • Boyce Lancaster

      Hello Mr. Runnels,

      As I said at the beginning of the piece, I am only writing about what others have said.  Further into the piece, I wrote…

      “Only time will tell what kind of career Ms. Evancho will have and how
      her voice will change with age.  It is, however, always intriguing to
      watch and marvel at such talent in one so young.”

      She is a great talent.  My headline was a reflection of the article published in the Fresno Bee – “Jackie Evancho to Bring her Opera Voice to Fresno.”

      The balance of the article was to point out what is being written.  Nowhere in what I wrote did I agree with them or call her an opera singer.

      Boyce

  • Window48

    JACKIE DOES NOT SING OPERA.  Now Mr. Lancaster, go to the chalk board and write it out 100 times. :)

    And even if she did, you should not worry about her.  No one closest to her worries, why should you?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TPGJCH55YO3DTSYXHQSVYVUP2E Melvin

    Yes, Jackie does not sing opera. But don’t just take Chuck’s and her fans word for it. How about what this gal says too?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3XvsFIuDW4#t=73s

  • PG Antioch

    Mr Lancaster-

    Firstly, as others have pointed out, JACKIE EVANCHO DOES NOT SIGN OPERA. She is a classical crossover artist who sings a FEW operatic arias in concert, a completely different thing. She uses amplification & changes keys, if needed, for a more comfortable tessitura. Since you’re associated with a classical music station, though, i’m surprised you made this kind of error, unless you were deliberately trying to call attention to your post.

    Secondly, Charlote Church started smoking & drinking, changed genres & had children, any one of which could have had a much more profound effect on her voice than any defects in technique. True, she no longer uses that pure head register she had in the past; she’s much more of an mezzo, or even an alto, now. Her chest register, however, is powerful & beautiful. But is it unusual for a young singer to change fachs? Of course not.

    If you listen carefully to her singing over time, Charlotte’s worst problems, including breathiness throughout her range, were between 2007 & 2010, exactly corresponding to her pregnancies (she had her children in Sept 2007 & Jan 2009). She has now largely recovered, & has a beautiful, powerful voice; she just sings different a different genre.

    Yet Charlotte’s name has been brought up, over & over & OVER again, as if what happened to her has ANYTHING to do with Jackie. You even have links to a couple of these articles on this page.

    So until Jackie starts smoking & drinking, changes genres & has children, can we PLEASE dispense with these incessant Charlotte Church comparisons?

    • PG Antioch

      Errata: I meant “Charlotte” the 1st time i wrote her name, & “a mezzo” rather than “an mezzo,” of course. And my German is lacking: perhaps it should be “fächer” instead of “fachs”?

    • PG Antioch

      Further erratum: I meant “…sings IN a different genre” at the end of my 3rd paragraph, not “…different a differen genre.”

  • Michael Nolte

    When you start a article  by saying “some are questioning” without a reference to who are are questioning, its like going around saying I have heard a rumor.  Simply spreading rumors can get the messenger shot.  Its much better to have some facts to present to your readers, before writing an article.  Now if the someone you are referring to is Mr Lebrecht of the Cracked Pot, then you are wasting everyone time, since his article has already been beaten to death.  If you would have done some research before starting this discussion, you would have found a number of children, the same age or younger than Ms Evancho, who have had brilliant careers singing.   Beverly Sills,  Deanna Durbin, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, and Anna Maria Albeghetti, to name a few.  Why do you seem to believe that the “some are questioning” have a clue to when its much to soon to use your voice correctly or incorrectly.

    • Boyce Lancaster

      This blog is a reflection of what is being written in the press.  As you saw further down, I said…

      “Only time will tell what kind of career Ms. Evancho will have and how
      her voice will change with age.  It is, however, always intriguing to
      watch and marvel at such talent in one so young.”

      She is a great talent.  My headline was a reflection of the article
      published in the Fresno Bee – “Jackie Evancho to Bring her Opera Voice
      to Fresno.”

      The balance of the article was to point out what is being written.  Nowhere in what I wrote did I agree with them or call her an opera singer.

  • Tyler

    It might technically be called classical crossover but it sure sounds opera to me.  

    • Rick Roberts

      An opera is a play set to music. The opera is the entirety of it, and individual outbreaks into music are arias. To sing Opera is to sing all the roles, easy or hard, pretty or not. Also, to sing opera is to sing un-amplified.

      Jackie does sing specific arias but not an entire role, and she sings with a mic. The arias she sings are quite beautiful, but on the easier side. Many arias require huge investment of time and effort to learn the proper technique. 

      • Rick Roberts

         …to sing all of the arias of the roles…

    • Ssilversgs

      Her concerts may include the following songs:
      When You Wish Upon a Star, from Disney’s Pinocchio
      The Prayer, by David Foster (a duet)
      Angel, by Sarah McLaughlin
      All I Ask of You, from Phantom of the Opera
      Lovers, from the film House of Flying DaggersImaginer, to the tune of Broken Vow (sometimes)
      Nella Fantasia, from the film The Mission
      The Impossible Dream, from Man of La Mancha

      A Time for Us, from the film Romeo and Juliet (1968)
      The Lord’s Prayer

      Ombra Mai Fu

      O Mio Babbino Caro
      Pie Jesu (usually as an encore – by Andrew Lloyd-Webber)

      Other songs on her “Dream With Me” album include:
      Someday, from the Disney film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
      Mi Mancherai, from Il Postino – Josh Groban
      Dream With Me, music by Foster, lyrics by Evancho and Linda Thompson
      Nessun Dorma
      To Believe, a song by Evancho’s uncle
      Somewhere, from West Side Story (duet with Barbra Streisand)

      Her other albums are Christmas songs, like White Christmas.

  • Tyler

    Jackie does not sing Opera, Jackie does not sing Opera,  but it sure sounds like it. I don’t think what she sings and Opera is any different to my ears.

  • Tyler

     ”She does perform songs that are coincident to those that may be performed in an opera” So to the untrained ear which is most people, it’s Opera.

    • Rick Roberts

      I see your point. However, continuing education is a good thing.

      By the way, next time anyone picks up an Exacto knife, just remember they may not be a brain surgeon.

  • Ssilversgs

    Curve balls have been found *not* to be too stressful for young pitchers, just a singing arias gently into a microphone is not too stressful for young voices: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/sports/baseball/26score.html

    • Anonymous

      ►► Thanks to @Ssilversgs, another canard debunked…