Anthony Anderson is a man of many talents, and he unveiled a new one that most fans didn’t even know about when he dropped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday.
Referring to himself as the “ghetto project Pavarotti,” the “black-ish” star demonstrated that his gifts extend from acting and comedy to singing opera, which he proved by serenading the “Tonight Show” audience with a brief performance of “La Donna E Mobile” from Giuseppe Verdi’s 1851 opera “Rigoletto”.
However, Anderson added a little hip-hop flavour with the help of “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, who played a funky trap beat beneath his operatic vocals.
Last year, Anderson opened up about his opera singing during a sit-down with Larry King, explaining he studied opera while growing up in Compton.
Discussing his operatic talents with the clearly bemused King, Anderson admits the reason he never pursued opera professionally was because he’s “tone deaf” and unable to sing in harmony.
Singing solo, however, he declares, “I’m the man, ’cause I don’t got to blend in with nothing. You heard how loud I was, Larry.” Watch: