Check out my interview with Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli:
When I’m on stage my goal is to perform that everlasting repertoire which is traditional of the Italian tenor all over the world.
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It goes from operatic arias to great ballads and Neapolitan music, as well as some other selected melodies which people connect with my voice.
Going onto a stage is like jumping out of a plane, like the moment of sentencing; it is the moment of truth; the synthesis of many hours and days of work; the moment in which what will be will be.
Working with some of South Africa’s talent was a new experience for me. I met very talented and sensitive artists and established great relationships.
I performed the classic Bridge Over Troubled Water at the Grammy Awards this year, with Mary J Blige. I love her voice and I considered it a great privilege to sing alongside her.
My artistic career is something of a fairy tale. In just a few years I have had the most exciting and incredible experiences that an artist could hope for. I have sung before two popes, and in the most extraordinary places such as the pyramids in Egypt, the Twin Towers before the terrible 9/11, in the splendid square of the Hermitage in St Petersburg . And I have had the privilege of hearing the most important voices in the world close-up. This has been one of the best gifts in life.
I have many fears. A fear of flying, or performing on stage are just two such examples. But the true fears are other things: those born inside our conscience, which we can’t forget, we can’t forgive and which don’t go silently.
In this world, we know, everything is both true and untrue. Everything depends on one’s opinion, one’s point of view. To bet on the outcome of human life and that of the whole universe is silly. To bet on the existence of an intelligent being, even though that can sometimes be incomprehensible, gives many of us hope, internal peace and wellbeing.
I nearly went into law. I would have given it all my energy.