It is well known that very few art forms can pull on our heartstrings the way a love song can. There is possibly no greater expert at the art of romantic music than Italian opera singer, Andrea Bocelli, who has touched audiences worldwide with his notable gift of song.
It’s been four years since Andrea Bocelli has shared his operatic voice with his Orlando fans, but on Saturday, February 11, the talented tenor returns to Orlando to grace audiences with his annual, not-to-be-missed Valentine’s Day performance, which he has saved for only three select cities. Bringing the beauty of Valentine’s Day alive in this celebration of love and romance, Bocelli creates a timeless experience of musical delight complete with his most passionate arias, critically-acclaimed hits, and some of the most well-known love songs.
Bocelli’s infamous career has spanned 20 years and numerous counties, from early beginnings in his homeland of Italy to national fame in the United States. He has seen international music fans young and old develop a love for the classical and opera genres, which is quite an accomplishment in the cultural movements of today.
He has championed award shows from the Grammys to the Golden Globes and has touched the hearts of audiences with his performances, perhaps his most notable being the unforgettable duet with Celine Dion for his song, “The Prayer.” With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, Bocelli has established himself among the vocal greats of his time, and he continues to hold his works high above those of his contemporaries. His classical album, Sacred Arias, earned the position of biggest-selling classical crossover album by a solo artist of all time.
After fourteen solo studio albums and three greatest hits records gaining both pop and classical recognition, Bocelli has released his latest vocal album, Cinema. This piece is one of the most interesting in the artist’s repertoire, as it is a compilation of classic musical numbers and beloved songs from film scores and soundtracks. The 2015 album opens with the hauntingly wandering melody of “Maria,” from West Side Story, and also includes a unique rendition of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Never afraid to take risks, Bocelli included a Spanish number, “E Piu Ti Penso,” featuring pop star Ariana Grande, capturing unexpected attention from younger fans. This track landed on Billboard’s Classical Digital Songs chart, reaching number one and making this Grande’s first appearance on the chart. At his Valentine’s Day event, Bocelli is said to be performing songs from Cinema and will be sharing his love for the theater with those in attendance.
An exciting addition has been added to this evening with Andrea Bocelli, celebrating the rich culture of the city of Orlando. This year’s performance will feature the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Kohn. Founded in 1993, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has been promoting classical and symphonic music through cultural accomplishment and a dedication to the vision of local arts. Bocelli will be also joined by guest artists Heather Headley and soprano Elisa Balbo, enhancing the special night with memorable voices.
If you’d like to fill your Valentine’s Day with the finer things in life, you’ll want to put Andrea Bocelli’s musical appearance at the top of your list.