Watch This Construction Worker Stun His Co-Workers By Singing Opera (Video)

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 02:02 PM

Davi Oliveira, former law student and current opera aspirant. Davi Oliveira, former law student and current opera aspirant. (Davi Oliveira / Facebook)

Music makes work more bearable. It’s why you have a few go-to playlists for those days at the office and blast your favorite records at home while you do chores. But there are some work situations where plugging in and tuning out may not be an option — which makes Davi Oliveira’s vocal gift all the more interesting.

The Australian construction worker recently lifted some spirits on the job when he sang “Nessun Dorma,” the climactic aria from Puccini’s Turandot. The video, posted to Facebook, shows Oliveira working a jackhammer — as one in construction is wont to do — before smoothly removing his hard hat to turn to the camera and show off his vocal chops. And when it’s all done, he gears back up and returns to his work as if nothing just happened.

Oliveira hails from Brazil and has told us via Facebook that all of his prior singing experience came from singing in church choirs. Although he lacks any formal training, Oliveira says “I fell in love with opera, and everything in my life changed.” In Brazil he studied law, but when he felt the music calling “I gave up my lawyer career to follow my dream to become a professional opera singer!” Now he is working as a general laborer to save up the funds required to pay for his education at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Although that — along with the language requirement — presents a challenge, Oliveira remains optimistic and determined.

Oliveira’s also caused a bit of a stir in the local news; here’s a video of him performing live before Australia’s 9 News camera.

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monica cabral from Minneapolis, MN

There are so many deserving, undiscovered artists out in the world doing jobs like
his just to survive. He deserves a lot of credit for his determination and obvious direction. A patron will likely come forward to sponsor him on his quest!

I wish him all the best on his journey!

Mar. 25 2017 03:38 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

A Brazilian goes to Australia to study music? Couldn't he come to the US, which is much closer? Or did Trump's immigration policy prevent him from doing so? Not bad for an untrained singer, but he should be careful lest he ruin his voice. And that language was not Italian!

Mar. 21 2017 07:23 PM
Vicky Cosgrove from Little Neck NY

Now with all the cuts to funding in the arts,we will find actual opera singers digging in the streets!

Mar. 21 2017 09:17 AM
Aurea E Andino from Manhattan, NY

How delightful. I am reminded of another New Yorker who regularly broke into song as he operated the Manhattan 8th Street crosstown bus in the '60s and even though it was so long ago I am still grateful to the bus driver for sharing his love of opera and lifting our hearts back then. My thanks to Mr. Olivieri for bringing me another smile.

Mar. 20 2017 04:32 PM
margaret lutteral from MANHATTAN

Yes, promising voice, however MUST BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE ITALIAN pronunciation.
I can only suggest a good coach.
AVANTI.

Mar. 20 2017 04:09 PM
Donna P. from Brooklyn


Has Mr. Oliviera also performed on the R train between Bay Ridge and Park Slope? If it is him, he is a fine natural singer and the music just flows out of him. For some reason he is more relaxed and filled with joy on the train than in these videos.

Mar. 14 2017 12:10 AM

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