Singer Andrea Bocelli performed “Music of the Night” during a recent talk show appearance – and it sounds amazing!
The 57-year-old Grammy nominee appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this week to perform the memorable song from the hit Broadway play, The Phantom of the Opera.
According to Playbill, Bocelli appeared and performed on the late night talk show to promote his new album, Cinema, which was released in late October.
According to PR Newswire, Andrea Bocelli strongly believes that music featured in films is “an exceptional artistic treasure trove.” This is why it should not surprise longtime fans of the popular singer that he covered numerous memorable movie classics for his newest studio album, Cinema.
The 13-song track list was released online long before the album was finally released, stimulating the musical palates of Andrea Bocelli’s biggest fans around the world.
- Maria (from West Side Story)
- La Chanson de Lara (from Dr. Zhivago)
- Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
- E piu ti penso (from Once Upon a Time in America)
- Be My Love (from The Toast of New Orleans)
- Music of the Night (from The Phantom of the Opera)
- Por Una Cabeza (from Scent of a Woman)
- Sorridi Amore Vai (from Life is Beautiful)
- Mi Mancherai (from Il Postino)
- Cheek to Cheek (from Top Hat)
- Brucia La Terra (from The Godfather)
- No Llores Por Mi Argentina (from Evita)
- Nelle Tue Mani (from Gladiator)
For the song from Evita (translated “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”), Andrea Bocelli apparently had a little help in the recording studio. He collaborated with Nicole Scherzinger, former member of the Pussycat Dolls, when covering the classic hit song.
Bocelli also collaborated with Ariana Grande when he covered “E piu ti penso” from Once Upon a Time in America.
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Over the years, Andrea Bocelli has not be a favored performer for many different critics. According to Telegraph, one critic from the New York Times criticized Bocelli for his “poor phrasing, uneven tone and lack of technique.”
There is also the fact that Bocelli tends to drift from genre to genre with his music – exploring classical music as well as pop songs (such as one his most recent studio album.) However, Bocelli apparently pays no attention to that type of criticism, focusing on the bigger picture when he makes music – not focusing on one particular type or taste.
“All the biggest tenors in the world, beginning with [Enrico] Caruso, have done it. Why should I not do it? I have many friends who don’t love opera and I like to sing songs for them also. It’s beautiful to sing for everybody…. No, I don’t believe the bridge. I don’t like crossover, this terrible word.”
Bocelli, a man who was blinded at the age of 12, further explained that he prefers singing over speaking when it comes to communication in general. According to Bocelli, his love for singing focuses primarily on his ability to enjoy the freedom of expression.
“If I am honest, I absolutely hate to speak. Singing is the only way I have to express myself fully. I feel art is a cryptic language but once it is deciphered, it is a much more profound language than the spoken word. If you found yourself looking at the Pietà by Michelangelo, you feel an emotion that comes from a very strong communication that has absolutely nothing to do with language.”
Perhaps Cinema will finally provide an opportunity for Andrea Bocelli to win his first Grammy award at some point in the future. Even if that is not the case, he will more than likely continue to please his tens of thousands of fans and followers around the world.
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