Greg Pritchard: Britain’s Got Talent does Opera

May 9, 2009
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Meet Greg Pritchard, Britain’s Got Talent opera singer whose unusual vocal talents were revealed in his audition as he sang Nessun Dorma. See photos, video and a biography here of the latest contender in the popular reality TV show competition.

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UPDATE: Greg Pritchard performed on the BGT Semi Final on May 29, 2009. You can see the video here. He was not selected to compete in the BGT Final.

Greg Pritchard Britain’s Got Talent audition was a stunner for judges and audiences alike. He sang Nessun Dorma from the Puccini opera Turandot, the very same aria that Paul Potts sang in 2007 and went on to win, going from mobile phone salesmen to global fame and success as an opera singer.

But Greg Pritchard sang the popular tenor aria, Nessun Dorma, in a very high vocal range, thus setting himself apart from Paul Potts.

The Greg Pritchard Britain’s Got Talent audition won him enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation from the audience and the approval of the BGT judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. Now he joins the competitors who face the now world renown Scottish singer Susan Boyle.

The 24-year-old Greg Pritchard pictures himself completely outside of the usual classifications of male voices, though acknowledging that his voice would be classified a countertenor in the Baroque era of music. He said to the judges, ‘I am a male soprano. I’ve always sung in the car and my bedroom and my Mum is always shouting at me to stop.’

Piers Morgan said the singer’s performance was ‘One of the most extraordinary things I have ever heard.’ He went on to add, ‘Of all the things I expected to come out of your mouth that was the last thing on my list, but I have to say you did it brilliantly; it was a great act.’

Simon Cowell said, ‘It was like a dog meowing, it just shouldn’t do that. But would I like a dog that meowed, yes I would, you puzzle me Greg.’

Greg Pritchard Britain’s Got Talent joins the cadre of impressive BGT contestants. We have seen violinist Sue Son deliver an impressive performance of Vanessa Mae’s ‘Storm,’ a brilliant and innovative dance troupe called Diversity, a 37-year-old pizza delivery man, Jamie Pugh making his remarkable debut singing in public with ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables. There have also been two amazing child singers; 10-year-old Hollie Steel, singing ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and stunned judges and audiences with a grownup voice, and 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi from Wales displaying vocal talent and stage personality in his cover of the Michael Jackson classic, Who’s Loving You.

We will not see the Scottish singer, Susan Boyle, who sang I Dreamed A Dream again until the semi-finals on May 23, 2009. Meanwhile her competitors impress judges and audiences alike, as all are vying for a cash prize of £100,000 and the opportunity to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.




As a biography, Greg Pritchard is 24 years old. He is from Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales where he is a hotel waiter.

Here are Greg Pritchard photos. Watch Greg Pritchard Britain’s Got Talent video below.









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28 Responses to “Greg Pritchard: Britain’s Got Talent does Opera”

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    Wadey Says:

    Greg Pritchard!!!! What an incredible voice and I hope it wins Britains Got Talent and I certainly will be buying his CD. Well done young man and Good Luck, backing you all the way!

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    Rose Says:

    Susan Boyle is the greatest of them all. Wish you Good Luck Susan in your Semi-Final. Stay as cool as a cucumber and calm. We fans know you can do it and are well prepared knowing very well there are challenges. But you’re still our best bet to be in the Final and declare a winner of BGT 2009. Take your chances now. God bless you all the way!!!!!!!!!

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    Rene Says:

    Greg — thank you for an outstanding performance! I live in the US, and have minimal understanding of the opera, but even I was breathless seeing you sing. Best of luck to you!

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    Subotai Says:

    Nice job, Greg, And it looks like you have a legion of adoring female fans, so nice work there as well.

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    Elizabeth Says:

    Wow, I was totally blown away. You are so much better than adam lambert. Do you sing in falsetto or your normal(modal) voice range? Either way, you have a true gift!

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    Sharon Says:

    I don’t understand opera. I love it, but don’t understand it. Every once in a while a voice comes along that takes your breath away in a literal fashion. One that absolutely reaffirms your faith in mankind and its true inner beauty. Greg Pritchard, you have that voice! I hope to see and hear you again soon, and I hope that you go as far as the stars allow!! Well done!

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    Tess Rufener Says:

    Greg,
    you have the voice, the looks and the charisma.
    you can be a worldwide entertainer!

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    Lexx Says:

    This is beautiful talent! I love rock opera and I think he’d be perfect for it! Have you heard of Klaus Nomi?

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    dorothy scott Says:

    love your singing,i know you will win.xx

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    GG Says:

    I gotta say I’m blown away. I don’t have cable, but BGT reaches us here in the Philippines via youtube. I’ve always loved opera, and though I had to take a moment to orient myself and convince myself this enchanting soprano voice was coming from a rocker-look guy, I learned to appreciate and of course, love it. It leaves me wondering though, how he would sound singing a pop song. With a voice range like that, I’m confident he’ll be able to handle ANY song. Great job Greg!

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