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Nurse Opera Singer Has Residents Singing His Praises

Nurse Opera Singer Has Residents Singing His Praises

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Paul Nelson, KSL NewsradioA Utah man is slowly becoming famous as an accomplished opera singer. So far, however, he only plays to a very small and selective audience. His name is Luiz Meneghin, and as you can hear (audio at right), he's quite good.

Without producing an album or even a record deal, he already has fans that gush over him. "I think it's marvelous," remarks one fan. Another fan adds, "A voice like that comes along maybe once in a century." "I had tears coming down my cheeks the first time I heard him sing," another person adds.

For now, his concerts are pretty much limited to the patients and residents living in The Orchard Park Care Center in Orem, where he's a registered nurse. "He's a very good nurse, as well as a beautiful opera singer," one of his clients remarks. "[He] just lifts your spirits and makes you feel wonderful, really." Residents cannot stop singing his praises: "Oh, he's a wonderful nurse, so full of kindness."

"Everyone just loves it," says Orchard Park Care Center Nursing Director April Lassen. "He's one of things people say they're going to miss the most is hearing Luiz sing."

April says Meneghin is one of the reasons people recover quicker. She says the singing helps people who aren't hungry after surgery to want to eat.

"He does it mainly during meal time because it's a good time," adds April. "He's in there with them passing medications and things like that, and it's a good place where they're all together."

Meneghin basically taught himself how to sing listening to The Three Tenors and Andrea Bocelli about eight years ago. "I kept experimenting with my voice, and eventually I started doing solos in church, and I started getting invited to sing in certain places," Luiz Meneghin told KSL Newsradio.

Utah is a long way away from where Meneghin grew up in Sao Paolo, Brazil. "We were extremely poor, close to destitution, but my father made a point to give us this knowledge of music, especially," he added. "He would buy those records, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Chopin."

Meneghin says when he first started singing he didn't realize he was that good, which is kind of like the opposite of what you see on American Idol. "Singers don't usually like their own voices," he said. Apparently, his patients do.

Meneghin says he'd like to sing a solo alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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