The Voice UK 2013: Coaches blown away by opera singers Barbara and Carla


Opera singing duo Barbara and Carla got a full house on tonight's edition of The Voice UK - despite the coaches being unsure on whether or not they could help them.

Barbara, 54, and Carla, 47 - both teachers met ten years ago touring the United States on a production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

"We have very big voices for little people. A lot of people think women our age need to be mothers but times are changing we live in a world where everything's possible," Carla said.

"Carla called me and said we're going to sing on The Voice, and i said i'm not going on television," continued Barbara. "She said, yes you are!"

After heading out on stage, the pair begun their performance of 'The Flower Duet' from Léo Delibes' opera Lakmé - with turning after only a few seconds.

The others were a bit more reluctant, with Danny O'Donoghue musing: "I want to press it, but i dont know what i can do for them."

However, the remaining trio eventually decided to follow Will's lead, giving the duo all four coaches to choose from.

As they made their pitches, Will commented: "Have you heard of love at first sight? I had love at first note.

"There is a bit of rebellion happening right now with you doing opera on a show like this, but you have to do it to educate the youth on the importance of classical music and real singing."

"I thought it was lovely, right from the beginning," offered Tom Jones. "The only thing is I don't know much about opera.

"I'm not qualified to coach anybody in that area, but i would love for you to be on my team, it would be my pleasure to give it a go because you sound wonderful together."

"I thought honestly you're like angels," added Danny. "The one problem that I would see with opera singers entering the realm of regular pop music is going to be song choice and how can you reinvent it again."

"Can we have all four of you?" asked Barbara and Carla cheekily as they made their deliberations. Eventually, they opted for Team Will.

"What else can they sing? Gangnam Style?" joked Jessie J.

The Voice UK continues next Saturday at 8.05pm on BBC One.

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