Lorry driver’s opera singer daughter wins prestigious prize previously awarded to Pavarotti

Mag 26, 2017     admin   0 Comment     Comunicati, News

Articolo tratto da: www.standard.co.uk

Carly Paoli will receive the Premio Barocco as recognition for her achievements in art and culture.

A London opera singer is following in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli by winning a prestigious Italian arts award.
Mezzo-soprano Carly Paoli, 28, will tomorrow receive the Premio Barocco, which recognises achievements in art and culture.
Established in 1969, the prize has been awarded to opera greats Pavarotti and Bocelli as well as Pope Benedict XVI, film director Franco Zeffirelli and actresses Sophia Loren and Dame Helen Mirren.

Paoli, the daughter of a lorry driver, is based in Fulham and grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She will accept the prize at a ceremony in the town of Gallipoli in Italy. She told the Standard: “It is all that I have ever wanted. It is a prestigious award that a lot of brilliant performers have won.”

Paoli, whose family is from the Puglia region, is already well known in Italy, where her version of Ave Maria was the Vatican’s official song for the Jubilee celebrations last year and she has performed with Bocelli, 58,  several times.

Her career was inspired by her love of watching MGM musicals as a child and she studied at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. Aged nine, she began training with ex-opera singer Liz Hetherington. Paoli said: “I always had a classic sound. But she encouraged me to really go for it.” Her career “snowballed” after she was asked to sing at the 2014 David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala in Calgary.

​Paoli, who releases her debut album, Singing My Dreams, next month, said: “People compared me to Charlotte Church and I love her. I would love to have the same impact in music.”

Francesco Carteni, patron of Premio Barocco, said: “Carly Paoli is a daughter of Puglia. She honours our region every time she sings. We awarded [her] the Premio Barocco because she is Puglia, she is the musical soul of our region.”