13-year-old brings The Voice Kids judges to tears with spine-tingling operatic ‘Time To Say Goodbye’

9 June 2021, 12:24

13-year-old sings spine-tingling rendition of Bocelli’s ‘Time To Say Goodbye’
13-year-old sings spine-tingling rendition of Bocelli’s ‘Time To Say Goodbye’. Picture: The Voice Kids

By Sian Moore

Solomia Lukyanets was just a teenager when she auditioned on The Voice Kids, Germany. Watch how she completely stole the show...

As the opening melody to Andrea Bocelli’s signature song ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ sounded, the judges of The Voice Kids in Germany knew they were about to hear something very special.

Standing on the stage behind them, unbeknown to the judges, was 13-year-old Ukrainian singer Solomia Lukyanets.

The gifted teenager had decided to perform the star tenor’s demanding Italian song for the first round of the singing competition in 2015.

As she softly sang the first verse, it quickly became apparent that Solomia’s vocal talents were way beyond her years. Watch below as the youngster reveals her surprisingly powerful and sonorous voice.

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Andrea Bocelli - Time To Say Goodbye (Solomia) | The Voice Kids 2015 | Blind Auditions | SAT.1

Within moments, judges Lena Meyer-Landrut and Johannes Strate have pressed their buttons. The young singer’s rendition is so beautiful that it even brings Lena to tears.

It takes the remaining judge, Mark Forster, a little longer to turn around. But as soon as Solomia begins the chorus, the rich timbre of her operatic voice rings through, and he can’t resist either.

The audience are on their feet before Solomia even finishes the song, some even crying from the performance.

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Andrea Bocelli sings ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ (live at The Global Awards 2018)

We love the gentle strength in Solomia’s lower range, the angelic beauty of her head voice, and the way she morphs into a full-on operatic diva for that great chorus melody. What incredible control and musicianship from such a young voice.

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Unfortunately Solomia didn’t go on to win that season of The Voice Kids, and was eliminated during the battle rounds.

But the opera singer is now 20 years old, and continues to showcase her talented vocals in concert halls and on social media. You can follow her musical goings-on on Instagram here.