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Lys Agnes – Habanera – America’s Got Talent

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Lys Agnes sings Habanera from Carmen on America’s Got Talent

Clearly, this is one of the worst opera performances I’ve seen and heard on TV and yet… and yet… she got a standing ovation. Not worth a million dollars! What an insult to the opera. At least be in tune. Awful. Awful!

Judging:

Piers Morgan – It didn’t move me.

Howie Mandel – You moved me.

Sharon Osborne – It moved me.

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Cat
Cat

I have to agree. I liked her at first but she wasn't great this week. Breath control, some pitch problems, and worst of all, she can't sing in French for beans. Apart from the pronunciation, some of the words were just completely wrong. ARGH.

Princess
Princess

Rickey, I am a singer and I have some Opera experience although that's not my specialty. I'm not sure where you are getting the wrong notes by Lys. Actually she hit ALL the correct notes, she did put her own spin on the song, relaxing some of the melodies, but she NEVER went off key at all, listen AGAIN you idiot. Also how DARE you talk badly about her and then say you enjoyed HORRIBLE Prince Poppycock?
Maybe its because you're gay and you think he's cute but, he CANNOT SING!!!
Lys rocked it!! She did make the song her own, she could have been more on point with a couple of unecessary breaths she took but that's ok, she rocked it and you are just confused.

Janice
Janice

Well, she did have a serious issue toward the end, and she was intimidated by the song, for sure. But, I love opera, have seen Garanca as Carmen at the Met and thought Lys has real potential. Barbara Padilla, so far, is the best classical singer (no, she wasn't an opera singer, either) they've had, but Lys may have more raw talent. Her voice appears much bigger than Barbara's.

Regarding Evancho, I agree with the comment that she might be in for some trouble, given her choices. Her voice, as it should be for her age, is extremely small. But, she's singing things that are very big and call for note combinations that are dangerous at her age. She may come through it or she may not. For her age, she is wonderful, and she's lucky she has that hook. I mean, let's face it, she's not better than Padilla, but she is different and special because she's a child. I hope that the public and media promo she's received doesn't backfire by allowing or pushing her to burnout her tiny vocal chords (which haven't even formed yet).

Ricky, have you considered getting comments from true opera professionals on these singers for a blog? I'd love to know what the Met or Chicago or San Fran or LA operas think of Evancho, in particular, or just their thoughts on the prevalence of opera singers on AGT. Would be an interesting blog to me, and I bet it'd get lots of attention.

operfan
operfan

Cmon Rickey, sheer and utter nonsense. She was phenomenal. I am a vocal and music major who can play seven instruments (that I have tried) and and also a vocal coach (gotta make a little extra money as student lol) and trust me she wasn't off key. It sounds like to me, Opera isn't your cup of tea.

Also,(side not) I hate it when people think children with big voices are awesome just because of their age. Jackie Evanco was good but she wasn't any more phenomenal than other opera singers, both old and young that have performed at AGT. This is like American Idol all over again. People are always impressed by cute kids, dreamy little boys, and pretty little girls who have any vocal talent. The younger they are, the more votes they will bring in, really talented or not. (I might add that J. Evanco was very talented)

AS
AS

I notice that you say you liked Jackie Evancho, despite the fact that a girl her age singing O Mio Babbino is both unhealthy and inappropriate. She is setting herself up for vocal nodes and polyps, yet you say she is a "phenom" as you put it, for her age.

You are ridiculous. While your opinions on Agnes are valid, going on about Evancho clearly shows you know little about what sort of damage someone can incur from oversinging. I know sopranos who use wonderful technique who still developed nodes; Evancho is going to ruin her voice singing like that at such a young age.

Adam
Adam

I had to go look up Habanera before I commented because unlike Mr. Rickey, I don't know much about the world of Opera. If Opera didn't exist and this young lady was just singing, it was really good. But because Habanera has been sung by so many and is so exclusive to Opera, she was definitely off. I don't think it was "God awful", but it wasn't world class Opera either. It served its purpose. And I think this is the whole point of America's Got Talent. They showcase "regular" folks who for whatever reason, never got to hit the big leagues through the front door, as I like to say. So, they take a backdoor approach to achieve their dreams and sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.

Scott Rigg
Scott Rigg

Obviously you have no clue about opera or her prfomance! She was magnifcent!

A Lan
A Lan

I agree with Rickey. this was more than awful!!!!!

takakupo
takakupo

This was fantastic actually. I'm not an expert on opera but I liked this. I wouldn't have looked at anything critically unless you pointed it out Rickey but about the only thing I saw wrong with her performance is it looked like she wasn't trying very hard with the breath control (which is actually just unimpressive, not wrong >..>) soooo...lol. I difference of opinion I guess.

I might actually think that they got rid of the other opera singer, Cindy Chang was it? I don't remember, lol; but maybe they got rid of her just to set the stage for Agnes. Sad, but I would have preferred both of them.

john
john

this was a train wreck imo.

rickey did u like prince poppycock?

Zach
Zach

Tonight was worse then last week.

Alberto
Alberto

I am sorry to say that I must agree with you. Like most AGT, BGT, American Idol, etc. spectacular and surprising singers are not opera singers. That requires a long and professional training, technique and lung capacity, among many other things, that can not be improvised (all this is methodically ignore by the judges). Yes, they can expect to become respectable crossover or pop singers, (and sell millions of records) but never to participate professionally in a serious opera.
This young lady does have talent that if is well cultivated and managed will turn her into a very good singer. Do not expect more than that. She also has beauty and passion. It is a shame that commercialism hit her so soon with that awful selection and montage. It was a circus.
I like her very much; she is gorgeous and seems like a grounded person: I can only wish that she can get free of all that and found her self, as a person and as an artist.

gstarluv
gstarluv

of all the things that Rickey always thinks is amazing and he thinks this is awful...i guess thats what you do to get people to come to your page and comment on things...i thought this girl was amazing...

Lys Agnes and PopLyfe best of the night hands down!!!!!

rjmac
rjmac

I liked it... I found it a much better performance to the kids singing and the dude who dives (but doesn't really dive... according to what a dive is)
She should advance and America should vote for her

Janice
Janice

Princess,

Listen to :13-:15 here -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yJ_FZm0ppI

Totally off key. Then, she never gets totally back on. She misses the entrance to the last note, but finds it quickly. The several notes before the last are also flat, very slightly. Rickey is correct in her being off in places .. but I found her good overall not awful.

I like her very much and think she has serious talent. But, she went WAY off at the last part of the song.

Janice
Janice

I know what you mean. And I agree. These singers really are the bottom of the opera profession, BUT, I'm not sure they want to sing opera. I saw a comment from Jackie Evancho's mother that they don't like opera at all. She called it "shrill and unappealing." Ironic, isn't it?

I could see Lys with a good crossover career like Alfie Boe maybe, or a portion of what Sarah Brightman did.

Regarding making opera friends, maybe you should just try twitter first. :) Although hanging out a Lincoln center would be fun. lol I follow Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Renee Fleming and Joyce DiDonato on twitter and they all write back (well, Fleming and Netrebko not much). Probably, you'd get better comments from others out of the public eye, I suppose......

Rickey
Rickey

Let's see what I can do! I probably need to hang out at the Lincoln Center now and make friends.

I think that the opera singers on AGT are a great intro to the masses for those who might be interested in opera -- but it really shouldn't end there. Once the world opens up to you, you realize that there is a wealth of great artists out there just waiting to be explored.

My beef with AGT and opera is the viewers think "this is it" without realizing that these are the bottom feeders in the craft (sorry, it's harsh, I know) just taking a shortcut.

I wish one day a real opera singer who probably took time off to raise a family, etc. graces the AGT stage and just wows us as a true undiscovered talent. This lady however, isn't that. She's just another reality contestant with a sob story who happens to sing in an operatic style that is passable.

I'm still not impressed guys. Her vocal technique is atrocious.

operfan
operfan

(my apologies for spelling, I am typing on a plane lol)

kitty
kitty

I think Lys is very talented with a very good natural voice, but I have to agree with Rickey about Lys' performance of this aria.

I think what you don't realize is that opera is extremely demanding and unforgiving. (Check out a video on you tube of Roberto Alagna being booed in La Scala, also "Operatic disasters" - sure some are real disasters but some are a singer missing a high note). Like the instrumental classical music and classical ballet, opera requires both an amazing talent AND training and dedication and a lot of hard work. It has to be musically perfect - Lys has had pitch issues - but it also has to be effortless, and expressive. Opera singers are also trained to project without microphones in a 2000-4000 seat theater, but this is beside the point here. Opera is also very competitive field with only a tiny percentage of people with talent and training succeeding.

So when you think that Lys Agnes (or other AGT's adult "opera singers") are great you are comparing to mostly pop singers. People who criticize compare Lys and others not to pop singers but to all the opera singers they've heard singing this aria.

For reference, I suggest looking up videos of for example Rinat Shaham, Elina Garanca, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves, Marina Domashenko, and others singing this same aria. Maybe even some opera singers who still perform in regional theaters. Just search for Carmen habanera and choose scenes from staged performances (so that you know you are getting an opera singer and not a crossover singer).

Rickey
Rickey

Yes I like Prince Poppycock. He was very entertaining.

Joe Sicat
Joe Sicat

I agree with this comment. She's not trained for opera. I adored Lys after seeing her sing Ave Maria by Caccinni. She should have stuck with Ave Maria for the next two times, e.g., Ave Maria by Gounod, and Ave Maria by Schubert. She was made for that.

caribbeanstyle
caribbeanstyle

Ha ha, how much does this Mickey troll type guy opinion counts? ZERO. Lys have made it to the top ten.

Rickey
Rickey

I'm a bit offended by your comment, but I guess you are just not aware that I've always been critical of the opera singers on America's Got Talent for the past 6 seasons. Except maybe for Jackie Evancho who I thought was a phenom because of her age.

Seriously, if you are an opera singer and you can't hit the notes properly, then you have no business singing opera. Learn your craft. Technique first before performance.

This woman is rubbish.

And nothing personal against her, I just don't care for her opera singing which is below below below par.