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Incredible moment a young opera fan in the audience fills in for missing tenor

During a Verdi performance, a young opera fan stole the spotlight after standing up to sing the tenor part alongside the soprano.

Incredible moment a young opera fan in the audience fills in for missing tenor
Cover Image Source: TikTok/@babatunde_hiphopera

Power of Opera

Soprano Lisette Oropesa and baritone Brian Mulligan performing at the Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday afternoon, April 1, 2012. Image Source: Getty Images | Hiroyuki Ito
Soprano Lisette Oropesa and baritone Brian Mulligan performing at the Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday afternoon, April 1, 2012. Image Source: Getty Images | Hiroyuki Ito

Singing opera requires individuals to devote a great amount of time and dedication to it. This powerful form of singing combines powerful vocal skills, precise timing and dramatic expression. Lisette Oropesa is one such talented individual who has spent a considerable part of her life honing her skills. The Cuban-American soprano is most famous for her recent performances of La traviata. Oropesa started off by learning the flute when she was just 12 years old and moved to vocal performances at Louisiana State University. The singer has sung in more than 100 performances to date.

Life of Music

The soprano Lisette Oropesa with the pianist Gilbert Kalish performing Mendelssohn songs. Image Source: Getty Images | Hiroyuki Ito
The soprano Lisette Oropesa with the pianist Gilbert Kalish performing Mendelssohn songs. Image Source: Getty Images | Hiroyuki Ito

Oropesa was so talented that she sang her first major role, Susanna, in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO when she was just 22 years old. She also has countless albums that fans of the art have loved, including Ombra Compagna, a compilation of Mozart concert arias for soprano. The singer also has a complete recording of La traviata, Rossini and Donizetti and finally, French Bel Canto Arias. She also happens to be passionate about running and has completed six marathons to date.

A welcome interruption 

Image Source: TikTok/@babatunde_hiphopera
Image Source: TikTok/@babatunde_hiphopera

Oropesa was in for a surprise during one of her performances in Parma, Italy. The incident has been shared in a viral video by another opera artist, Babatunde Akinboboye (@babatunde_hiphopera) on TikTok. In the video, viewers get to see Oropesa performing her 4th encore of the night very beautifully. The song she was performing that night had a "male tenor" part. However, there is no other person on the stage. She pauses and a second later, an audience member continues the part, which leaves the singer quite shocked.

A tenor in the audience

Image Source: TikTok/@babtunde_hiphopera
Image Source: TikTok/@babtunde_hiphopera

The audience member happened to be Liu Jianweri, a student at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Nicolini di Piacenza and a huge fan of Oropesa. The singer looks around and listens to Jianweri's wonderful voice. She thanks him by singing, "Oh grazie," her face gleaming with joy. The text overlay on the video revealed that the youngster took the opportunity once he realized no one sang the first bar of the tenor part.

Fan apologizes backstage

Image Source: TikTok/@babtunde_hiphopera
Image Source: TikTok/@babtunde_hiphopera

Even though the singer welcomed Jianwei's impromptu performance, he went to see her after the concert as he felt that it was rude to interrupt. The singer appreciated his apology and took photos with the young fan, giving him an autograph as well. As the video ends, we see Oropesa back to performing her song. The video shared by Akinboboye has gained over 55.3K likes with over 687 comments.

An interaction to remember

Image Source: TikTok/@babatunde_hiphopera
Image Source: TikTok/@babatunde_hiphopera

People on the platform loved the performance and shared their thoughts in the comments section. @mizbonnie said, "That is the reaction of when a musician does it for the love of music. They are both amazing!" @alishahunt57 commented, "Look, I know it would technically be considered rude, but he shot his shot and was successful. Can't blame him one bit." @firefist_sensei added, "She thought she was gonna have to solo it the whole way! She was already tired from the previous encores."

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