From the moment he first appeared on our television screens as a fresh-faced 15-year-old, Australia has loved Mark Vincent like one of the family.
Now, following his successes and milestones – including nine consecutive albums reaching No 1 on the ARIA Classical Crossover charts, the Australia’s Got Talent favourite is heading to the Hunter Valley.
He’ll bring his A Tribute to The Three Tenors show to the Performance Arts Culture Cessnock (PACC) on Saturday 18 February.
And, the man with the big voice is “truly honoured to pay homage to the greatest singers in the world: Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras”.
“I can remember as a child watching The Three Tenors in concert at Madison Square Garden in 1992,” Vincent said.
“There was the President of the United States, George Bush, in attendance as well as Frank Sinatra and many other performers that day.
“It made me realise that I wanted to follow in these tenors’ footsteps; it inspired me to become a tenor.”
Vincent said the Cessnock audience could expect a variety of different songs next month, from arias to classic ballads.
“There’ll also be musical theatre numbers that the Tenors performed through their career,” he explained.
“These will be songs that the audience will love and know.
“I cannot wait to perform across the country, and Cessnock, with A tribute to The Three Tenors.”
Vincent’s career to date has been a series of extraordinary highs, things he never could have imagined when he stepped on the stage of AGT as a teenager.
After blowing us away with his stunning rendition of Puccini’s world-famous aria Nessun Dorma, he would go on to win the competition in 2009.
In 2014, he made his musical theatre debut in Dirty Dancing, followed closely by being handpicked by Dame Julie Andrews to play Freddy Einsfeld Hill in My Fair Lady.
In 2017, Vincent recorded his tribute to his boyhood idol, the great Mario Lanza, featuring the ground-breaking virtual duet Because You’re Mine, with the Aussie singing alongside the legendary tenor.
In the years since, he’s toured the UK with Katherine Jenkins, performing at iconic venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Ireland with Irish tenor Tommy Fleming.
He has worked with Susan Boyle, Marina Prior and Anthony Warlow, and his Australian national tours are always sold-out affairs.
His latest offering, In The Eyes Of A Child, marks an exciting new milestone in his journey.
It was the birth of his son Matteo in 2020 that most profoundly influenced the album.
As well, it gave Vincent a burst of determination to tackle the next phase of his career with all his heart, the way he has always approached his singing.
“Having my son come into the world, it changed me,” he said.
“It’s the best thing that ever happened in my life.
“When he was born, I looked into his eyes and it’s like I knew him forever.
“It was the strangest, most beautiful feeling ever.”
Bookings for the upcoming show, which starts from 2pm, can be made at mypacc.com.au or by phoning 4993 4266.
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