James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Surprise GMA Opera Audition Reminds Us To Follow Our Dreams
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 03:17 PM
Eldric Bashful is an aspiring professional opera singer, and with a special surprise on Friday morning he moved within inches of his dream.
On Good Morning America, Bashful got to showcase his talent in a duet with none other than the Metropolitan Opera’s Pretty Yende. From the moment the cameras introduced him to the viewing audience, Bashful couldn’t stop beaming. But he didn’t let his nerves get to him, instead feeding on the excitement of the moment as he joined Yende in a performance of “Libiamo ne' lieti calici” from Verdi’s La Traviata.
The video is the embodiment of that warm and fuzzy feeling you can’t get enough of, and the duet was only the beginning. After the applause, Bashful was hit with an even greater surprise: he would receive an official Met Opera audition, with Yende helping him prepare for the moment.
It’s a story straight out of the dreams of youth. Understandably, at the time of writing, we’re still watching this video on loop and have absolutely no intention of turning it off.