The Voice 2013: Opera singers Carla & Barbara join Team Will.i.am – ‘The Flower Song’

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Ah, The Voice! You played us good and proper that time, didn’t you? After showing us VT of duo Barbara Kelly & Carla Maney dressed in biker gear and playing Born To Be Wild in the background, we were clearly expecting a bizarre hard rock act featuring two menopausal women.

Silly us, judging books by their cover, even in a post-Susan Boyle world. These ladies were sneakily planning to sing the operatic piece, The Flower Song from Bizet’s Carmen. Looks like Sneaky Willie has some sneaky competition!

Within about two notes of the ladies singing, Will has hit his button. Danny and Jessie are debating whether they can coach an operatic act. In the end, all the coaches are impressed enough to turn around. This is an interesting proposition, for the coaches and for the competition – can they keep an opera act in the show? What happens at Battle Rounds?

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    • Will.I.Am: Have you heard of love at first sight. I was like love at first note. They saw me. I was like ‘Boo ya!’ Hit it, straight from the jump. There is a bit of rebellion going on with you singing opera on a show like this. But you have to do that to educate the youth about classical music and real singing.
    • Tom Jones: I thought it was lovely. Really, it was lovely. Right from the beginning. The only thing is as far as I’m concerned, being a coach I don’t know much about opera. I’m not qualified to coach anybody in that area. I would love it if you would be on my team. It would be my pleasure.

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    • Danny O’Donoghue: The one problem I would see with opera singers entering the realm of ‘regular’ pop music is always going to be song choice, and how you reinvent it again. Genuinely I think both diverse styles would work well together and I look forward to working with you.
    • Jessie J: I’m going to be 100% honest and say my push of the button was purely selfish. I literally was like I want to hear you sing more.

    Will.I.Am goes in for the hard sell: “If you were on my team, we would always match jackets!”

    And astonishingly, it works – the two ladies chose to go with Will. And we were so sure that they would pick Tom Jones, purely on generational reasons! Do you think an opera act can make it on The Voice?

    Did you enjoy the pair’s performance tonight? Leave your comments below….

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    15 Responses to “The Voice 2013: Opera singers Carla & Barbara join Team Will.i.am – ‘The Flower Song’”

    1. Palomino says:

      Absolutley loved them!!!!. I wish they could win!!!!.
      Good luck to them both. xx

    2. Mandy says:

      We had quite a discussion about their choice as my daughter is going to train as a classical singer herself later this year. We originally expected them to pick Tom but after Wil said it was important to educate the young of today about the importance of Classical music we thought they would have chosen him instead. Looking forward to seeing them in the rest of the competition

    3. rosieposie says:

      … and just why not opera? I loved it as a truly welcome change from the usual genres that are showcased on such programmes. It was another Susan B moment, made more surprising by the sneaky preliminaries, although their dress code rather gave the game away before they started to sing. It will be interesting to see just how far they progress but I so hope they will do well. There are many male opera singers, solo or otherwise, so it was most refreshing to see and hear these lovely voices. Good luck ladies!

    4. Bex says:

      Actually the song they sang was the Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes. A simple google search would have told you that.

    5. Hex says:

      Totally amazing… I think they are going to go beyond winning and actually make it big like Susan Boyle… Makes a change to have people who can really, really sing. Beautiful xxx

    6. Maureen says:

      Lovely. So different from the trash these programmes chuck at us, because they think that is what we want.

    7. Adrian says:

      Superb, I would love to see them win and look forward to hearing them every day thereafter

    8. Sophie Langan says:

      I absolutely love them and would love to see them in the final. It’s about time they had a classical act on The Voice. Love the Flower duet, it’s one of my favourites. Carla and Barbara to win!

    9. Pauline McRury says:

      Absolutely Fantastic performance cant wait to here them again .

    10. rosemarie berry says:

      OMG.. i was amazed at the sound of both there voices they sang like angels i have played this over and over again even sent the link to my friends in America and Spain where it is now being passed around….GOOD LUCK to them for there future although i dont think they will need any with such Talent .

    11. Ivan Sanders says:

      Carla Maney is a very fine specimen of a woman that exudes class, refinement, and great fun. I’m afraid that my bike was stolen by one of the proletariat Carla, but fancy a round of golf? Or we could do some Gilbert & Sullivan together if you allow me to mime.

    12. Barbara Kelly says:

      Thank you for writing this article. We are really knocked out by the response from the public. We are trying to say thank you everywhere and I’ve just found this article.
      The experience has been brilliant on The Voice in all respects. We did choose Will because he is a great producer and turned fast. But for me, being in education for so many years, it was his charitable work that clinched it. A lovely man.
      @carlaandbarbara on twitter, or Carla and Barbara on Facebook.
      Barbara Kelly

      • Carla Maney says:

        You know I have to say that people have been so supportive towards us across the board
        It is a pleasure to get the opportunity to perform such beautiful music on National TV
        Thank you everyone for all the positive comments
        and your apetite for all styles of music regardless of age or looks X Carlax

    13. JLS says:

      Helli Barbara – absolutely loved you ladies on The Voice; one of my favourite songs! I think Will was a good choice. You also looked fab – can you please tell me where you got your lovely jackets?

    14. Barbara Kelly says:

      Hi there,
      We bought the jackets in Spitalfields market. A young designer who was using same colours, but different styles. We have always regretted not going back for more. She had some beautiful purples too.
      Barbara x

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