Paul Potts (not to be confused with Paul Pott) has got talent, there is no question about that. The Sun, bastion of journalism, has a piece on readers furious with the revelation that the "unassuming mobile phone salesman" had been coached by Luciano Pavarotti. The Sun claims that Mr. Potts
- has received extensive training
- was a regular at Bath Opera, including being a lead in Verdi Don Carlos
- spent two summers touring northern Italy with a major opera school, taking master classes with top stars, including Mr. Pavarotti
- won £8,000 in 1999 on a TV talent show
Says Mr. Potts, "I am not a professional. I’ve never been paid for my singing, all the training I’ve received I paid for myself, and I grafted hard to do so." That's believable, you would have expected this if he was serious. Of course, the bonus points are much less than if you had done all your training in front of a karoke box...
Mr. Potts' Bath Opera bio doesn't elicit too much sympathy, though this is not unexpected, since one would expect the opera to market experience, rather than inexperience.
Paul Potts (Don Carlos) is a relative new comer to Grand Opera after an apprenticeship in Gilbert and Sullivan in Bristol.. His claim to fame is his 1999 appearance on Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music. This was followed by singing for Bath Opera in Turandot as Prince of Persia and Herald. He has since performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and spent three months touring Northern Italy as a soloist, training under top teachers Mario Melani and Svetlana Sidrova. He has been invited back for a concert to be recorded and also for a masterclass with Luciano Pavarotti. Future plans include a summer tour with the RPO.