Bocelli lights up Sant Jordi

Bocelli lights up Sant Jordi

Celebrating his 30-year career, he has already toured the US and on popular dates such as the Viña del Mar festival in Chile. They are waiting for him in Qatar, Brazil, Turkey, England, Poland, Croatia and Italy, where, in July, he will give three concerts in his native Lajatico with, among others, Plácido Domingo and Josep Carreras. Selling out venues and selling records like few others (90 million yen already!), Andrea Bocelli is on the crossover throne, mixing opera arias – his great passion – with popular tunes in concerts and on recordings. In this return to Barcelona, ​​in which he filled in for two Sant Jordi, Bocelli once again captivated his diverse audience with a melodic cocktail that few have achieved. Added to this was a theatrical show worthy of a rock star, with giant screens and deafening sound. All amplified, of course.

In the first part, the Italian tenor sang arias and duets starting with “La donna è mobile” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” continuing with selections from “I Lombardi,” “Andrea Chénier,” “La Bohème,” and of course the inevitable toast to “La traviata”, which is fatal. To Defoe. At the age of 65, Bocelli showed himself to be an unassuming man, with an inflexible voice, a slightly exaggerated vibrato but a perfect fiato: he had no problems reaching into the triads and extending them when necessary, causing delirium from his followers. The proof of this was the final advice, also operatic, for which he received a standing ovation: Nessun Dorma, from Turandot, in an arrangement so made to his measure as to wet more than one tear.

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In this section, the lyric had the complicity of soprano Cristina Passaroiu in the role of Maddalena and Mimi, as she sang throughout the evening with the Simfònica del Vallès and the 75-voice choir of the Associació Sardanista Polifònica and the Cultural in Puig-reig, all directed by Carlo Bernini.

In the second part, between the Romances and the Neapolitans, two themes in Spanish are included, such as Amapola or Granada. There were also arias written by Bocelli himself and others that he made legendary, such as Con te Partirò.

Italian singer-songwriter Giovanni Caccamo appeared as guests with his famous song “Eterno”, as well as the amazing pop star Pia Toscano, violinist Rossanda Panfili, and dancers Francesco Costa and Brittany O’Connor. The singer's children, Angie and Matteo, were missing from the meeting.

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