America’s Nessun Dorma star dies at 42

America’s Nessun Dorma star dies at 42


norman lebrecht

June 12, 2018

Neal Boyd, who won America’s Got Talent in 2008 with a blast of Puccinian insomnia, has died of organ failure at 42.

His screen fame proved sadly ephemeral.


  • AndyB says:

    BGT had Paul Potts and AGT had Neal Boyd. Whatever we may think of the show’s format / approach this is sad news indeed. RIP Neal Boyd.

  • V.Lind says:

    I never heard him, but reading his obit saw that he had studied music both at University and at the New England Conservatory of Music, and had had a Carnegie Hall recital years and years before America’s Got Talent. More interestingly, he was driven to get into opera by hearing The Three Tenors. Isn’t that what we always wish for when someone previously unexposed to the music gets drawn to it by an introduction? He was clearly never going to give Kaufman any scares, but just the fact of his embracing opera is a win.