In May his vocals helped give Norway a top-ten finish with JOWST’s “Grab the Moment”. But now Aleksander Walmann has moved in a totally different direction: opera. He performed a difficult piece from the classic opera The Barber of Seville on Norwegian television — and he nailed it.

The performance was part of the long-running Norwegian series Stjernekamp (Battle of the Stars). Each week, some of Norway’s top performers tackle different musical genres. This week was opera week — a formidable challenge for any pop singer.

But Aleksander was able to grab the moment and deliver a bold, confident opera performance.

The piece, “Largo al factotum” is known as one of most challenging baritone arias to sing, due to the rapid pace and fiddly nature of the words which make it difficult for singers to manage. But Aleksander nailed it.

Judge Mona B. Riise was impressed. She told Aleksander, “From the Melodi Grand Prix entry “Grab the Moment” to this, there is a world in between. You were in the role and you had a great voice. You have control and sing with your abdominal muscles. I am very pleased!”

Aleksander has been delivering solid performances over the series. In Stadium Rock week he performed The Killers’ “Human”, in EDM week he got contemporary with Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa’s “Scared to be Lonely”, followed by Country week with Brad Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullaby”.

Last week was Hip Hop week, where Aleksander performed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us”. As well as giving a flawless delivery of the rapid-fire rap, he effortlessly switched to singing Ray Dalton’s chorus, making Aleksander a favourite to win the series.

Next week’s show has the theme of Blues/Group, followed by Hard Rock/Acoustic, then Musical/Reggae, then Disco/Joik, ending with the grand final.

The series also features many former stars of Melodi Grand Prix and two former Eurovision acts: Benedicte Adrian (ESC 1984), Hilde Lyrån (MGP 1994), Didrik Solli-Tangen (ESC 2010), Gaute Ormåsen (MGP 2010, 2013), Erlend Bratland (MGP 2015) and Ina Makeda Halvorsen Dyhre (MGP 2016). However, Benedicte, Makeda, Erlend and Hilde have since been eliminated from the contest.

What do you think? What genres would you like to see Aleksander perform? Are you looking forward to Disco/Joik week? Share your thoughts below!

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Gullskoify
Gullskoify
3 years ago

Aleksander has really developed through the show. Didrik Solli-Tangen gave real world class performance in Opera. Next week Didrik, Aleksander and Alexander Rybak(hired extra) will do Backstreat Boys.

Poison
Poison
3 years ago

I didn’t realize that was him. I have been watching the clips on Youtube for Didrik Solli-Tangen who has been a revelation.

Poison
Poison
3 years ago

I have been catching the performances on YouTube. Who knew Didrik Solli-Tangen could actually rap!

West
West
3 years ago

It is a good performance – there were few tiny imperfections, but very few and almost unnoticable. He did seem a bit uncomfortable at times, but was able to get in the role and did he win this round? He did deserve to win that round. I didn’t hear his opponents, but I doubt they were better then him.

me
me
3 years ago

i’ve just found out when germany will win esc again. will be in 4816. very good year for germany. can’t wait for the year 4816.

Ian Gallagher
Ian Gallagher
3 years ago
Reply to  me

LOL!

Valdez
Valdez
3 years ago
Reply to  Ian Gallagher

Scary with the elected lady again.