It’s ten years since Paul Potts became the first ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent in front of a record breaking 12 million viewers, with his version of Nessun Dorma. (1) Now, one of the UK’s most popular tenors celebrates the past decade with the release of his most ambitious album to date, (1) ‘On Stage’ on 13 October (which happens to be Paul’s birthday). ‘On Stage’, Paul’s fifth studio album, is a collection of songs which aims to either inspired or been performed by Paul in leading roles – from Broadway to the West End – during his career. With his current brand partnership with Pot Noodle notching up close to half a million views in under a week, Paul Potts seems to be proving he’s may be as popular as ever. the Jupital had the opportunity to catch up with Paul:
the Jupital: It’s 10 years since you won BGT – how has it changed ‘you’ as a person?
I’m still me – only slightly more confident me. The biggest change is I’m now doing what I love so this makes me happy!
the Jupital: What are the up sides (for you) now you are famous?
I’ve far from have thought about myself being famous, I’m a pretty normal guy who is getting to do what he loves. I’m quite a shy person, particularly in new situations or in crowded rooms, so I have to bypass my normal reaction of wanting to hide in a corner. I have, however been to some amazing places and performed in iconic venues, so this more than makes up for the effort!
the Jupital: Ten years on, are you still pinching yourself?
My biggest challenge, ten years ago was singing might end up feeling somehow limited, a day job. It’s far from this; I’m still as passionate about it!
the Jupital: Bring us up to speed, what are you now doing?
Well I’m constantly touring! I’ve done almost 900 performances over the last ten years, and have recorded my fifth studio album. I have also been involved with several soundtrack recordings here in the UK, US, also in Japan and Korea. I am unsure what day of the week it is without checking! I’ve checked my diary, and I think I may only our puppies between now and Christmas for a short time! We’ve got two chocolate Labrador puppies – brother and sister – they are quite a handful!
the Jupital: Do you feel people might relate to opera more now because they feel they’ve gone on the journey with you?
I am unable to take all the credit as there are many artists doing what I’m doing. I’d like to think I have helped make it appear more interesting and helped make it clear opera is for everyone. The opera houses themselves are also working to do this by bringing opera into schools.
the Jupital: You have a new album called ‘On Stage’, how did you choose the tracks for this?
Research for a new album may be a lengthy process. I start by listening to lots of music – more than 300 recordings generally and I listen to them as I travel and as I explore cities on foot and walk in the countryside when I am home. Some of them were obvious as I performed them as part of an opera role – I performed the roles of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca in London, and Steuermann in The Flying Dutchman in Szeged in Hungary last year. I came across some recordings by Sir Harry Secombe, a comic genius who also had an incredible lyrical tenor voice. I listened to those and many others by contemporary artists also.
the Jupital: Please tell me you’ve included ‘Nessun Dorma’ on this album?
Of course! I decided to record a new version especially for this album to recognise the fact, it has been 10 years since BGT. It’s an aria I have performed thousands of times and one I cherish at all times.
the Jupital: What do the next 10 years hold for Paul Potts?
Lots of singing, both on tour and on recordings however life is unpredictable and I appreciated everything.
The new album ‘On Stage’ is released on Right Track Records on 13 October.
For more information visit: http://www.paulpottsofficial.com
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