Event Coverage: Andrea Bocelli at IHeartRadio Live

By Lori Alamia,
Bocelli performs selections from his new album Passione

With Valentine’s Day only a week away, it is a great time to add some passion to
your life. Why not let an expert like Andrea Bocelli help.

The world renowned tenor released his new album Passione. It is a follow up to his 2006 album Amore as it is another collection of romantic songs sung by such a gifted voice.

On Monday, January 28, I had the exciting and unique opportunity to see Bocelli perform selections from this album at an intimate show with only 200 people, courtesy of iHeartRadio Live, a Clear Channel Entertainment Production.

IHeart Radio also streamed this performance live on their website for fans everywhere to enjoy.

Legendary producer David Foster accompanied Bocelli on stage to play piano alongside a talented group of musicians.

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Prior to the performance Foster taught the audience a verse of “Champagne” to later sing along with Bocelli.

Bocelli opened with a lovely rendition of Spanish song "Perfidia." Bocelli also performed Neapolitan love song "Anema E Core (Heart and Soul)."

Surprise special guest Natalie Cole then took to the stage to sing, “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas.” On the album, Jennifer Lopez accompanies Bocelli for this song, but Cole sang it beautifully.

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To the delight of the crowd, Cole later returned for a duet of “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Bocelli sang the powerful “Era Gia Tutto Previsto.” He also translated American Neil Diamond song “September Morn” to Italian in “Sarà Settembre.”

This was followed by the swoon worthy “Love in Portofino” which includes both English and Italian lyrics and incredible violin playing.

Despite Bocelli’s comment that Foster does not like when he sings in English, he closed with a sweet version Elvis’s “Love Me Tender.”

Check out Bocelli’s new album for a little more passion in your life and IHeartRadio Live for your favorite artists up close and personal.

On Valentine’s Day, there will be screenings of "Love in Portofino,” a concert recorded of the Passione album in Portofino. PBS will also present this concert as part of their Great Performances series in March.



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