Sky Arts has commissioned the new series Anyone Can Sing in partnership with the English National Opera (ENO), scouting for the worst singers across the U.K. and Ireland.
Anyone Can Sing will see six participants put through their paces as their voices are transformed from screeching in the shower to singing like a real soprano. The ENO’s vocal coaches will mentor the would-be singers throughout the process, giving masterclasses on everything from vocal technique to stage presence and setting them a series of musical challenges to take their singing to the next level—all in the span of three months.
Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, commented: “If I were to sing to you you’d be covering your ears, running for the hills, begging me to PLEASE STOP. So when the brilliant people at the English National Opera told me they could get anyone, and they stressed anyone, singing tunefully so your ears didn’t bleed we had to take them up on the challenge to turn Britain’s tone-deaf into singers. We firmly believe that participation in the arts is as important as watching and enjoying and we can’t wait to see how this experiment in joining-in unfolds.”
Annilese Miskimmon, artistic director of the ENO commented: “Here at the English National Opera, we know how much work opera singers put into making their singing look so effortless. With the amazing support of top opera stars, we’re going to prove that anyone can sing. Opera is all about the drama, the emotion, and the passion, so what could be more dramatic and exhilarating than going from singing in the shower to hitting the highest of musical notes? We think singing is pretty great, and we want everyone to give it a go.”