Bringing the glory of the human voice to the heart of the Antarctic… or not
Professional tenor Nick Allen took advantage of a recent trip to Antarctica to bring his interpretation of ‘O sole mio’ (the traditional Neapolitan song popularised by Pavarotti) to a brand new audience.
Unfortunately, it didn’t go down too well.
Nick gave his impromptu recital in February whilst working as an entertainer aboard a cruise vessel in Antarctica. We caught up with up with him this week to get the full story of what happened when he ventured ashore that day.
‘I was on a trip with the ship’s nature expert and geologist, who had seen me performing on board the night before and suggested that I take the opportunity to do some singing while she filmed me,’ he explained. ‘Without thinking, I launched into “O Sole Mio”, which it seems the penguins didn’t much appreciate. In retrospect, perhaps I should have warmed them up with something a bit quieter.
Perhaps I should have warmed them up with something a bit quieter
‘My first reaction was guilt – the last thing I wanted was to be disrespectful. But when the expedition leader saw my video they just laughed, which made me feel better.
‘People talk about having a once-in-a-lifetime experience – well, this was it. I never expected to walk in Antarctica, let alone perform to a bunch of penguins.’