Damn, how many frequent flier miles does this girl have anyway?
12 year-old Jackie Evancho — who seems to have performed in just about every one of the United States this year — will be heading to Russia this summer to perform in the opening ceremony of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The talented soprano — and season five runner-up on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — is scheduled to appear June 20 along side opera singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky (of Russia) and Sumi Jo (of South Korea).
“The trio, who will perform on Palace Square, is made up of artists from Russia, Korea and America—it has to symbolize unity and equality,” the translation of the Russian announcement states.
Asked if the Evanchos had any reservations about going or if they immediately answered yes to the request, Jackie’s father, Mike, said their response was not immediate.
“First, Jackie has to want to do it and, secondly, it has to fit into the calendar.”
He noted that it was a unique opportunity and a possible “once in a lifetime” event.
Noting the “Bouquet of the Opera” theme for the concert, Mike was asked if Jackie will sing opera.
“Jackie is a classical crossover artist and will be singing her material in the style she currently sings. The Classical Crossover genre itself straddles different genres from pop to opera to classical, so doing an event like this where it is billed as the ‘Bouquet of the Opera’ does not and should not place Jackie in the opera genre nor does it make her an opera singer.
“Before it was called Classical Crossover, it was known as ‘Popera’, a mix of pop and opera. It’s more about how it’s sung, not what is being sung.
“It’s no different than when she took part in David Foster’s ‘Hitman Returns’ concert. Just because she took part in his pop concert, it doesn’t make her a pop singer. Same applies with this event.”
The entire Evancho family will travel to the event in St. Petersburg, Mike said.