Cognitive Dissonance: (noun) an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions, usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions.
Would the reaction to this young man have been different if he:
-Was wearing a tuxedo
-Was not a goth
What is it about this particular performance that got the audience and the judges off their feet? It could clearly be the fact that as an untrained singer, he was singing a difficult soprano aria quite well in a rare counter tenor/male soprano voice, OR the backstory that he had never performed for anyone before. I don’t think that explains the full emotional response given by the audience here, or the 5 million views on YouTube or the 31000 likes and 13800 mostly positive comments about his ‘creepy eyes and fantastic voice’. Clearly the audience was not expecting this voice/genre/sound to come from this person creating a state of cognitive dissonance. So what changes in this scenario? Does the audience’s perception of the person change or does their perception of opera change? Or both. Whatever it is, it’s nice to see the genre getting some love.