- 17 Nov 2015 8:06 AM
Even Pavarotti was astonished at his talent. He has become a singer capable of adventuring into new territories and creating something outstanding in both classical and popular music. After two years, you will again have the opportunity to hear Bocelli’s unique voice at Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena on November 22, 2015.
He was born in Tuscany, homeland of Puccini and Mascagni, and raised in a little village near Pisa, enjoying his family’s full support in learning music. He had hereditary glaucoma and after a childhood accident he lost his eyesight. His only comfort was music and therefore he learnt to play an array of musical instruments. Today, he can play several of them really well.
No matter how great his love was for the piano and the flute, though, he found the perfect musical instrument in his own voice while successfully giving his first few singing performances as a teenage boy. To be able to support his musical studies with renowned teachers, he played the piano in bars and also carried on with his legal studies at the University of Pisa.
The ever-increasing pop influence in music has reached him, too. He took part in various pop projects but never forgot about his ruling passion: the opera. This dual musical development shaped his personal style, which is now based on traditions of the opera, but at the same time he reaches and entertains the widest range of audiences.
Internationally, the real star was born in 1994. He won the song contest in Sanremo with his song “Il Mare Calmo della Sera.” He was given a part in Verdi’s Macbeth and at Christmas, the same year, he sang “Adeste Fideles” for the Pope and tens of thousands of believers at St. Peter’s Square.
He has had an unparalleled career since then. Hardly countable are his professional recognition awards, from being in the book of Guinness Records, through a Golden Globe Award to Oscar nomination. While singing in Bizet and Puccini operas, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of people, he can boast with the same level or even higher pop industry successes as well. His greatest hit, “Con Te Partiro,” later sung as a duet with Sarah Brightman under the title “Time to Say Goodbye,” lead the charts for months and broke all disc selling records of its time.
The Carnegie Hall and Central Park in New York City, the Coliseum in Rome, Opera Houses in Sydney and Berlin or a super concert with 110 thousand people in Sao Paolo, Brazil, are just a few special places in his career. He received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood in 2010. His popularity has exceeded his older colleagues’ like Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo, even though from time to time they have concerts together. Bocelli’s influence on modern music is mentioned together with Caruso’s and Sinatra’s.
One of the exceptional singer’s most important traits is his perfect voice that is melancholic and radiant at the same time, especially when he sings as a lover or a father. The other one is his introverted but rather lovable humane personality. “Music has always been my passion and I always wanted to do it the best I could. I believe music brings joy and happiness in our lives. And somehow it helps the world to be a better place” says Bocelli.
The greatest tenor of our day has sold over 80 million albums. He releases new albums almost yearly. The beautiful songs of his classical and pop albums can be heard in his concerts as well. With his popular Passione album released in 2013, the same year he introduced himself to the audience of his live performance in Hungary.
Besides his popular opera pieces, famous Italian songs and hits from his pop albums, Bocelli’s program at the Sports Arena on November 22 this year will include songs of the Advent season as well. He will be accompanied by a Hungarian symphonic orchestra and choir, conducted by Marcello Rota.
Concert starts at 7 p.m.