From NFL to Opera Singer

From NFL to Opera Singer


(dramatic music) – [Ta’u] I am where opera
and football collide. (singing in foreign language) – [Minnie] Ta’u had a long journey to the United States from Tonga. But his journey to center
stage in the opera house took much longer. (singing in foreign language)
(crowd cheering) – [Ta’u] My name is Ta’u Pupu’a. I am an operatic tenor. And I am an immigrant
from the Kingdom of Tonga. (dramatic orchestral music) – My name is Minnie Driver. I am an actress, a singer,
and I am an immigrant. I believe nothing is more
American than its immigrants, so I’m teaming up with Great Big Story to celebrate those that have
come here and left their mark. (dramatic music) (quirky music) – When we moved to America,
I was seven years old. My parents wanted us nine
kids to have a education, and so, America was the
land of opportunity. I started playing football when I was 10. I was fast, I was strong. I knew that my vehicle into college was through playing football. – [Minnie] It turns out Ta’u
was a pretty good linesman. So good, in fact, that when
he graduated from college, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but it was his taste in music that often put him in the spotlight. – Before a game, everybody’s listening to
rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal, and I was the person on the
side listening to “O Sole Mio”, something to you know, inspire me. And then, I got injured and
I broke the arch of my foot and I didn’t know what to do because football was
the only thing I knew. A year later, I just that I decided that I better follow my other love. – [Minnie] So, Ta’u moved to New York to pursue his other passion, opera. – I didn’t know a single soul here. I didn’t know, like, how do
you become an opera singer? The only thing I knew from my
playbooks and playing football was you gotta have a plan. So I thought to myself,
well, to meet people, if I get a job working in a restaurant across the street from Juilliard, you’re gonna have operatic
singers, conductors coming in. – [Minnie] His plan worked. He met a man who helped
him secure an audition at the Juilliard School of Music. – I got into Juilliard
on a full scholarship. I was sort of playing catch up because my colleagues were
learning their solfeggio when they were 17, 18 years old. (piano keys playing)
(Ta’u humming) (singing in foreign language) – [Minnie] And after three
years of rigorous training, he graduated from Juilliard’s top program. He has since traveled the
world singing in opera houses and on concert stages. And today, among opera fans,
Ta’u Pupu’a is a big name. – I was blessed to run
around and sack quarterbacks, and now I sing love songs to sopranos. I like to live in the moment, and my moment now is I am very happy to be an opera singer. (singing in foreign language) To a young Polynesian that
is chasing their dreams, set your goals high, dream
big, and make it reality. (singing in foreign language) (dramatic piano music) (bell echoing)

44 comments on this post

    Pr Bh

    Hi Minnie Driver

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    MKAY Thanks for Subscribing Have a nice day!

    I sing opera everytime when I step on a lego

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    MKAY Thanks for Subscribing Have a nice day!

    We are all immingrants of the world!

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    MKAY Thanks for Subscribing Have a nice day!

    2:38 Probably the only opera song I know

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    Andrei Urs

    "I belive nothing is more american than its immigrants. " bwaahahhhahhaaha

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    Bent Ice

    Justin tucker would of been better but ight.

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    Door Knob

    I feel like buzzfeed and vice need to look at great big story and take some notes

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    Ralsei

    That voice is just noice

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    stelmo502

    Please drive the mini… you have a driver…

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    Martti

    0:33 that makes no sense and is kind of racist towards americans.

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    TenDel

    When you change your sim characters personality perks

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    Bruce Spitfire

    I mean this in no offense or in a negative way, but is he gay?

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    just vv

    I needed this video
    I'm a voice major btw
    Very new to everything about classical singing

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    I’m pennywise with internet access

    I think he is gay

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    DJ LED

    Awesome story 🤯

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    Thing of a thing

    What about Justin tucker? He sings opera to

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    Sir Marlon Brandon Rivera

    Whose minnie driver ? We suppose to know that nobody?

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    Troy Stamnes

    This is where Justin Tucker could be when he retires

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    Scat Lacquer

    Loving Minnie since Black Bird

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    Scat Lacquer

    Loving Minnie since Black Bird

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    Louis Alexander

    Disappointing that he went to the Browns. He might’ve had a greater nfl career if he went to an actual good team.

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    Karah Lorbacher

    He's perfect

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    Spookylady

    Oh, I would marry this man

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    Audrey Daigle

    Beautiful story I love opera too

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    Noah Tedesco

    How is this possible

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    MaturishGambino

    🇹🇴❤️

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    Shanel Orellana

    Minnie! She's so cute!

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    Forrest L

    Immigration makes the world go round!

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    Aimee Frorland

    How cool!

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    Christopher Briseno

    Follow your dreams as long as you have the money to move to New York and the reputation to work across Julliard and get a full scholarship.

    Easy.

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    Sochilinda

    So inspiring! 💖💖💖

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    Virginia Wei

    what an inspiration!

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    Tiana Matson

    Wow!

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    yellow potatoeee

    Minnie driver?

    That's a cute name

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    Catherine Myers

    This is truly beautiful and interesting!

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    Golden Eagle

    Wut?

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    Sandra Kaiser

    Man I love opera

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    Jean Nieves

    Fantastic talented

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    Skyler Allen Smith

    “Nothing is more American than it’s immigrants.” • Minnie Driver’s classically offensive way of insulting Indigenous Americans has totally backfired.

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    Allinmyworld

    WOW!! Making the Polynesians so proud and what an outstanding voice! This man is blessed to have had two wonderful talents in his life most people we struggle to find just one

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    michelle bao

    i apologize;; i thought this was gonna be about justin tucker but it ended up being so much more and so much better

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    KawaiiMaple

    He’s phenomenal! 😍❤️

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    Mark Savage

    OMG WHAT A HERO.

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    Silvi Purba

    1:31 accurate representation of me and my friends' clash of music taste

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    Angela Louise Sunga

    Wow

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