A burly-lunged Boston area produce and flower market worker has bloomed into a social media sensation with operatic renditions of classic Christmas carols.
Gilly Assuncao, who’s 23 and from Brazil and now works at Russo’s in Watertown, Mass., told ABC News that he sang before moving to the U.S. from in 2015.
The aria ace’s talents came to light thanks to a happy accident with a sound check. Russo’s typically hires professional musicians to serenade seasonal shoppers.
“During the holidays (my father) likes to have live opera and classical Christmas songs performed for our customers,” Karen Russo, one of the owners’ daughters, told ABC News,
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Assuncao stepped up on Friday to help the musical act Russo’s hired with their sound check.
As Assuncao’s voice boomed through the store, shoppers and employees stopped short and pricked up their ears.
Same goes for online listeners. As of Tuesday afternoon, a Facebook video of Assuncao singing “O Holy Night” on Saturday had been viewed more than 54,000 times.
Store owner, Tony Russo, expressed pride to ABC about his talented employee.
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“He didn’t have the perfect childhood. He didn’t have the perfect adolescence. Everything was the opposite of that and he survived that. He deserves some chance in life like this. He’s got a lot of talent. He’s a decent, decent young man, and he’s got a great talent.”
On Assuncao’s Christmas list: Being able to one day attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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