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The Notes Opera Singer Maria Seiren Hit During Her Audition Will Amaze You
Opera singer Maria Seiren's vocal power transcends the music scale. Hear the notes that blew most of the Judges away.
One of Mel B’s most exciting drafts for her Dream Team on America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League was opera singer Maria Seiren, who showed fans why she's a force to be reckoned with in her incredible audition during the premiere episode.
“Now it’s a competition,” Mel B declared.
Seiren, who speaks Japanese, said it was a dream come true to be chosen to audition for the AGT: Fantasy League.
Her audition and high notes had the Judges in awe with jaws dropped. She received a standing ovation and even Simon Cowell had to admit it was a pretty amazing performance, despite coming from his season rival, Mel B.
“That was a surprise, I wasn’t expecting it,” he said.
However, Howie Mandel wasn’t on board, and didn’t think the performance was “great.” So who was right? Let's take a closer look at Seiren's act.
Who is Maria Seiren?
Opera singer Maria Seiren has been singing professionally in the Tokyo music scene for a decade. She is the director of the opera company Mondo Parallelo. In February she won the first-ever Japan’s Got Talent final. What makes her talent unique, especially in the opera space, is she floats between tenor and soprano vocal ranges and is able to sing both male and female parts of operatic classics with ease.
Before her Japan Got Talent win, she made her vocal debut in December 2015, performing with the Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble at Suntory Hall (Blue Rose).
What song did Maria Seiren sing?
Mel B chose the song Time to Say Goodbye, also known as Con te partirò, made famous by Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, for Maria Seiren to sing. The song was first released in 1995 on Bocelli’s second studio album, Bocelli.
Where does the name Maria Seiren come from?
In an interview with Tokyo Weekender, she described where her stage name hails from.
“Seiren comes from the mythological Greek figure of the siren, which was originally a form of winged demon that would sing songs to deceive people, but that eventually evolved into more of a mermaid-type creature that would try to seduce sailors with their songs. And the name Maria comes from the Virgin Mary. So, within one person there is the capacity for different states of being. Good and evil, purity and impurity, life and death, man and woman. The idea that we can move fluidly between these parallels is one of the major themes of my work, and it really embodies who I am,” Seiren explained.
Unfortunately, her talents didn't quite propel her to the semifinals of America's Got Talent: Fantasy League. However, as with everyone on this show, it's likely she'll continue to have a bright and illustrious career ahead of her.