Masterclass Discussion Thread For America’s Got Talent: Group Four Of The Top 48


America's Got Talent

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Tonight’s two-hour telecast of America’s Got Talent will feature the Final 12 acts vying for a position in the Semi-Finals.

Last week, I was excited to see Jeremy (the biker guy) advance to the Semi-Finals.  He is such a humble, endearing young man and yet his act is chock full of surprising twists and turns, thus ensuring his potential as a  headliner in Las Vegas.

The singers that have been successful so far are good, but not great; however, I do sense the possibility of growth in each of them as the show progresses. Time will tell!

Hope to see all of you back for some stimulating discussion prior to or after the show airs in your time zone.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

6 Responses to “Masterclass Discussion Thread For America’s Got Talent: Group Four Of The Top 48”

  1. So who do you think will stay in the competition? I’m guessing the young singer, the illusionist, the two young dancers, and I have no idea who the fourth act might be.

  2. I completely forgot about Prince Poppycock. I think he’s great, but I’m not so sure that people who vote would vote for him.

  3. Louise…I too like Prince Poppycock, and hope he makes to the semi-finals.

    Tonight is going to be tough, there was alot of great talent on last night.

  4. Yeah for Prince Poppycock. I’m also glad that the illusionist is moving on because I thought he definitely had a WOW moment!

    So can anyone explain to me what will happen next week? What did Nick mean by eleven judges?

  5. I am so annoyed at Sharon’s “fat and sweaty opera singers” remark. I mean, all of us who knows anything about opera know that AGT judges are completely clueless about it and probably have never been inside an opera theater, but Sharon has just confirmed it. Most of today’s REAL (!) opera singers are not fat at all and are actually quite good-looking. I bet the old hag would love to look like Elina Garanca, Renee Fleming or Anna Netrebko. As to tenors – Juan-Diego Florez and Jonas Kaufmann are just hot, and so are most of today’s leading tenors. But of course, most of AGT viewers know nothing about opera…

    I think Prince Poppycock is quite entertaining. No, he is not an opera singer, he simply will not be heard in an unamplified opera theater. Additionally, he can’t hit all the notes as written, nor does he have the artistry that opera singers must have to succeed. His is a different artistry and a different talent: he makes a combination act of pop and opera and makes opera more accessible to people who wouldn’t have listened to it otherwise. He is fun, he’d make a great Vegas act. Anybody who don’t understand the difference, listen to Thomas Hampson’s singing “Largo al Factotum” – notice the tempo, the diction, expression, and yes what the correct notes are, then listen to Prince Poppycock. You may prefer Prince Poppycock, especially if you like pop more than opera, but it’s still a different genre. Ditto with “Vesti la Giubba” – listen to Pavarotti or Domingo singing it or if you want contemporary tenor – Roberto Alagna (who by the way is neither fat nor sweaty and is actually quite good-looking). This is not a negative remark about Prince Poppycock, I believe classical crossover/popera has it’s place, but it’s still a different genre.

  6. hey i wonder if jackie is a ‘fat sweaty’ opera singer in sharons mind :)

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