Often referred to as”The Fourth Tenor,” Andrea Bocelli has proved himself as a lasting international performer in both classical and pop music.
For those of you who are curious about the “fourth tenor” reference , there was a popular operatic singing group during the 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and the Italian Luciano Pavarotti — all famed performers. Thus Andrea Bocelli is considered to be “The Fourth Tenor.” His talent easily matches those of his grand predecessors.
Bocelli was himself a student of Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero Fornaciari. The blind, Tuscany-born vocalist emerged as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera. His collaboration with Pavarotti’s 1992 hit “Miserere” helped propel him to international attention.
When Andrea Bocelli released his newest album, Sì, last month, it quickly became an international, chart-topping bestseller and today it is the most popular album of the season, sure to be in many stockings this Christmas.
In the latter half of the album, Bocelli is joined by Aida Garifullina, a Russian soprano with an absolutely magnificent voice, who has worked with Andrea in many live performances.
The video below was expertly produced inside a beautifully ornamented cathedral as a tribute to the Hail Mary prayer which finds itself perfectly compliments this classic song, “Ave Maria Pietas,” along with elegant representational dancers to physically and visually communicate the nuances of this rapturous Bocelli duet.
Andrea’s new album is his first collection of all-new music in nearly 14 years. Of the work Andrea commented:
“I wanted to go back to my memories of being a young man, playing at a piano bar. Obviously, since then, I’ve produced lots of albums, sung lots of covers, performed many other things. But at a certain point, I said to myself: ‘Maybe the time has come to put my effort into finding new songs.’ Like starting all over again, as it were, in my career.”
I think you’ll agree: This album represents some of Bocelli’s most beautiful work which is precisely the impetus behind its Amazon best-seller status. The performance you’re about to watch below is just a sample of what’s in store for you.
If this stunning duet took you to another place and time with its raptuous harmonies, share Bocelli’s new video on your feed because this performance is not to be missed by anyone this season.