ASPIRING IRISH opera singer Daniel Docherty earned a well-deserved standing ovation after wowing onlookers with his rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma this week.
The performance came as part of a special talk at the 2019 Cork Autism Conference.
Daniel, from Kilkenny in Ireland, was diagnosed with autism back in March 2014.
He’s currently studying Psychology at Waterford Institute of Technology but singing remains his passion.
The 19-year-old Irishman has been performing for as long as he can remember and still harbours dreams of one day become a world-famous vocalist.
In the meantime, Daniel has been taking time out of his studies to perform.
While singing offers a chance to indulge in his one true passion, Daniel also sees it as an opportunity to raise awareness of autism with the wider public.
For Daniel, it is about showing there are no limits to what autistic people can achieve.
Speaking in a previous interview with My London, Daniel explained the motivations behind each and every one of his performances.
"My main goal is to spread awareness about people with autism spectrum disorders," Daniel said.
"I want people to have more patience with autistic people or to not make fun of people who are eccentric because of their autism."
His performance can be enjoyed in the video below:
His efforts did not go unnoticed at the Cork Autism Conference, with Daniel delivering a dazzling performance that had the watching audience in raptures.
It came as part of an inspirational speech in which Daniel talked about his life and experiences living with autism.
A stirring version of Nessun Dorma, the song made famous by Luciano Pavarotti, the Irishman proved a worthy contemporary for the Italian opera legend.
An incredible vocal performance that had everyone out of their seat, something tells us this isn’t the last we will hear from young Daniel.
Watch this space.