07/30/2013 09:37 am ET Updated Sep 29, 2013

'Forte' Singer Fernando Varela Knows 'America's Got Talent' Could Be Key To Opera Dream


The countdown to the live rounds of "America's Got Talent" at New York City's Radio City Music Hall are officially underway - but "Forte" member Fernando Varela is astonishingly calm. The 33-year-old - who jokingly describes "Forte" as an "opera boy band" - is more than ready for one of the biggest nights of his life as the hit show heads into a heated round of eliminations.

"It's really exciting for a group like ours to go so far," says Varela, an aspiring opera star who traveled to New York from Orlando, Florida, where he lives with his wife and two sons. "Our ultimate goal is to get a record deal and tour the world with our music, so this is just one of the steps we have to take to get there. But to think of how far we've come, from nothing to an audience of ten million thanks to the show - well, that's just unbelievable."

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