Silenzio, Lajatico, Italy
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so steht’s im Programmheft und wir sind ihm gefolgt.
Es war ein großartiger Abend voll von Zauber und Magie!
Die Kulisse, solange es noch hell war: in Gold getauchte
Getreidefelder, die Hügel der Toscana soweit das Auge reicht, die
sechs Reiter in Tracht der „Butteri d’Alta Marea", die die
Felder rund um das Theater teils mit kunstvollen Schritten à la
Lippizzaner abritten http://www.butteri-altamaremma.com/index.htm,
die wunderbare blaue Statue, genannt
„Il grande sonno" von Mitoraj, umgeben von Wasser und im
Halbkreis angeordneten großen Quadersteinen – schon das war ein
Erlebnis für sich, lange vor Beginn des Konzertes.
Der Abend wurde mit Andreas Worten „A mio padre" eröffnet -
die Widmung an seinen Vater - die, während die Bühne noch dunkel
war, erklang und zu Tränen rührte.
Dann erst gingen die Lichter an und nach dem Intermezzo zu
Cavalleria rusticana kam Andrea unter tosendem Applaus auf die Bühne,
modern in schwarz gekleidet von Armani und das Konzert unter dem
herrlichen Sternenhimmel nahm seinen Verlauf mit den schönsten Arien,
Duetten und Terzetten aus der Welt der Oper (siehe Programm).
O mein Gott, wie wunderbar klang Andreas Stimme – er war in
Höchstform! Traumhaft sein „E lucevan le stelle" und „Di
quella pira" oder das Duett aus den Perlenfischern und „O soave
fanciulla" aus der Bohème, das Terzett aus dem Troubadour, und,
Andreas musikalische Begleiter Paola Sanguinetti und Gianfranco
Montresor, das Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana unter Mo. Marcello Rota
und der ganz in weiß gekleidete Chor waren ebenfalls großartig.
Zu den Orchesterparts gab es sehr schöne moderne Tanzeinlagen und
im Hintergrund sah man weiß gekleidete Engel und Figuren, die sich
auf dem Halbkreis der Felsquadern, die in abwechselnden Farben
erstrahlten, sehr stilvoll bewegten.
Nach der Pause wurde das Konzert mit „Va pensiero" aus
Nabucco eröffnet und dann erschien Andrea - ganz in weiß gekleidet
– und ein ah und oh ging durch die Reihen! Nun brachte er einige
sehr bekannte Lieder wie „Vieni sul mar", „Granada", „Mamma",
„Voglio vivere così", „Funiculi, funiculà" zur Freude
des nicht nur Opern liebenden Publikums. Andrea schien den Abend
inmitten seiner Freunde von nah und fern selbst genossen zu haben.
Zu meiner ganz besonderen Freude erklang dann das wunderschöne,
ergreifende Duett aus dem letzten Akt von Andrea Chenier, hervorragend
gesungen von Andrea mit Paola Sanguinetti. Und dann noch „Nessun
dorma" !!! Herz was willst du mehr...
Diese Stimme, diese hohen Töne, einfach grandios! Andrea gab
wahrlich sein Bestes und hat sich nicht geschont.
Dieser Abend hätte nie enden sollen, denn wir fühlten uns
verzaubert, fast unwirklich, wie in einem Märchenland. Zur Krönung
gab es zu „Because we believe" noch ein wunderbares Feuerwerk
und von beiden Seiten der Bühne einen Regen von weißen und silbernen
Papierstückchen. Pure Magie...
Das Ende war dann nicht mehr aufzuhalten als Andrea mit Paola „Con
te partirò" anstimmte. Großer Jubel, große Begeisterung,
große Emotionen auf beiden Seiten...!
Dieses wundervolle Konzert war das schönste Geschenk, das Andrea
seinen Landsleuten (und uns) machen konnte. GRAZIE, Andrea. Und Dank
auch an alle Beteiligten, die ein solch großartiges Event in Lajatico
auf die Beine gestellt haben. Ich möchte mit den Worten des
2007 * 2008 * 2009 * 2010
„Quando l’Evento Diventa Attesa"
- 27 luglio 2006
- "Andrea Bocelli Vi invita nel Teatro del Silenzio"
- Près avoir descendu sur quelques
centaines de mètres un chemin caillouteux , le visiteur qui se rend
au Teatro del Silenzio n’est certes pas préparé au spectacle
époustouflant qui l’attend ! A perte de vue , des collines
blondes , aux formes douces , frangées de cyprès ….et au centre
, comme posé là par une main divine , le théâtre , « moderno ma
a l’antico » ( !! ) : des blocs de pierre naturelle entourant un
plan d’eau au centre duquel se dresse l’emblème de ce lieu
voulu et choisi par Andrea , un masque bleu . Voilà , le décor est
Le soleil décline doucement ( avec , en fond sonore , la voix de
notre ténor préféré ) , et la chaleur accablante de la journée
cède la place à une douce tiédeur . Le monde arrive peu à peu ,
et , à 9h30, les cinq mille places sont occupées . Le concert peut
Andrea , accompagné de Veronica , arrive sous les applaudissements
, longe toute une rangée de spectateurs , avant de laisser place à
une brève présentation du teatro . Puis , dans le silence , sa
voix s’élève , pleine de tendresse et d’émotion , pour
réciter « a mio padre » ( émotion largement partagée ! ) .
Ensuite l’orchestre , puis de nouveau Andrea , tantôt seul ,
tantôt en duo , et même en trio pour Le Trouvère . Se succèdent
des airs classiques , Mascagni Verdi , Puccini ….
L’enchantement est là : Andrea , vêtu de sombre ( Armani ) , les
cheveux assez longs , bouclant dans le cou , la barbe légère , est
superbe …Il semble détendu , serein , et pour tout dire , heureux
d’être là . Sa voix est parfaite – mais ne l’est-elle pas
toujours ? – et les dernières notes sont tenues très longtemps ,
avec brio . Et le public ne s’y trompe pas , applaudissant à tout
Après une courte pause , c’est de nouveau l’orchestre ,
accompagné de danseurs se mouvant avec grâce sur des airs de
Rossini …… Mais je n’attends que lui , je n’ai d’yeux que
pour lui lorsqu’il revient , habillé de blanc cette fois . et de
poursuivre avec des airs plus « légers » : Mamma , Funiculi ,
Voglio vivere cosi .. jusqu’au final , le superbe Nessun dorma ,
que les spectateurs ovationnent debout !!
Andrea prend alors la parole pour remercier , là encore avec
beaucoup d’émotion , tous ceux qui ont rendu « possible l’impossible
» , tous ceux qui ont parcouru beaucoup de kilomètres pour être
là ( Merci !!!)
C’est fini …ou presque . Après avoir reçu des fleurs , Andrea
revient , sur fond de feu d’artifice avec Because we believe ,
Brindisi et bien sûr , Con te partiro …qui met un terme à cette
soirée absolument féerique . Du grand , du très grand Bocelli …
Que peut-on ajouter ? Rien , je suppose … Il reste le regret que
ce soit déjà fini , mais aussi , au fond du cœur et de l’âme ,
des souvenirs merveilleux qui , n’en doutons pas , viendront
réchauffer les jours plus gris qui nous attendent .
Merci Andrea , merci pour ce que tu es , pour ce que tu nous donnes
…Ne change surtout pas… Nous t’aimons …
- A friend drove me all the way to
Lajatico and Teatro di Silenzio from Florence - where I was staying
for a few days. He used to be an opera singer himself but had to end
his efforts when he developed a growth of the larynx. After surgery
his voice never returned to the same capacity and that was the end
to his short-lived career in preparation for the opera. He was not
really a fan of Andrea but was happy to bring me there. Many
traditional singers are a bit sceptic to 'the new guy on the block',
but for his kind gesture I bought him a first block seat and we
ended up in the third row. And he actually ended up being the one
who enjoyed the program with complete and unwavering captivation!
Andrea came out, lead by Veronica, and was dressed in a black
tracksuit pant with a black shirt and t-hirt (he later switched to
white in the middle of the program). Italian TV was there to tape
the concert and interview the 'fancy' people who had showed up for
the "Woodstock for opera lovers" - as the media called it
The first segment of the program started with a recorded poem in
Italian by Andrea, followed by his entrance on stage and a song that
was honoring the region. Toscana is widely agricultural and Lajatico
in particular - a hill away from the mideaval city of Volterra - is
very, very simple and small. Its located on a hill which gives you a
view of the tuscan landscape. The weather had been quite intense in
Italy during this week and since the area mainly grow olives and rye,
the landscape at this time of the year was yellow and dry, and burst
to life in full greenery in spring when it is the most beautiful. I
had a true longing to just take off into the freedom on the back of
a horse seeing the broad landscape spread in front of me like a
Andrea's singing was really delicate, excellent and perhaps I am
mistaken, but his voice seem to keep improving, keep expanding (however
that is possible being beautiful as it is). Soon in the start of the
program I see my friend, the opera singer, cry next to me; tears
keep flowing from his eyes and does not seem to end. He was so moved
by Andrea's singing all he could say was 'belissima, belissima..."!
He was particular taken by Andrea's singing during one opera segment
where he reaches the note 're' - the most difficult note to sing for
a tenor. He was mute with astonishement. I must admit that I almost
enjoyed his reactions more than the concert itself! He frequents
opera circles and I know this concert - which he described as 'pure
magic' - will be a much talked about subject. We later spoke a bit
about different opera singers and their voices; caruso was known to
have such a strong voice that waterglasses would shatter when he
sang. Andreas voice is softer and classic singers often comment that
it is not strong enough to meet the capacity of the famed singers.
This may not be bad criticism but true by itself, yet on the other
hand, Andrea's voice has a beauty and delicacy to it which many
opera singers lack. I came to know that Corelli was one of the best
tenors around and for some reason, he had enjoyed an illustriuous
start of his career - which he suddenly stopped. Pavarotti is of
course famed for the stregth of his voice, of which we joked "when
Pavarotti visits Rome, we can hear him in Florence!". It is
believed that Opera singers should spare and nuture their voice by
some disciplin; avoidance of alcohol and periods of celibacy is said
to entertain a more beautiful and crisp voice. If this is true,
Andrea must be a virgin!
We never got our concert program, so I can't really list the names
of the other singers or remember the names of all songs during the
concert. The two accompanied singers were both excellent with strong
and crisp voices and the whole program ended with magnificent
fireworks. In the end Andrea gave a brief speech in Italian on the
dream of the teatro di silenzio, and how the dream had been realized
and come true. He also thanked all those who had traveled from far
and wide to attend the program - and I would roughly estimate that
half of the audience contained people from other countries.
Especially surprising were all the americans, who truly had to
travel far to reach Lajatico! The husband of a woman from England,
sitting next to me, had surprised her with a ticket and trip to see
Andrea since he was her favorite. I thought that was really sweet.
In the stillness of the Tuscan sky I was pained for a brief moment
when I watched the shallow hysteria that often follows fame.
Everyone seeks attention, wants to 'be important', want to rub
shoulders with the 'right' people. I was wondering if Andrea would
one day lose some of his simplicity and become a part of this scene...
I really hope not. By his posture and appearance I noticed he
already seem to be getting accustomed to it all. I would rather
prefer that he stays a bit shy, a bit insecure about himself rather
than self-assured and cooky. After all, if any of us would hear too
much adoleration day after day it would easily bloat the ego. I have
been in this environment in the past and can assure that simplicity
is far more attractive. It just seemed so far from what he stands
for... I almost wished he would cut down on too many public
appearances, avoid TV appearances and just return to what is real in
life, to not spoil this true country boy who is so sweet and sings
so pure as not to ruin something that has become so rare in today's
Over two hours of concert went by as if it was only 30 minutes.
Before we even knew, it was midnight and we only got back to
Florence at 3 am. I was surprised to find that there was a Gala
Dinner in a nearby town after the show which I had not known of
before. Andrea and his entourage took off to the dinner straight
after the concert and I can imagine it continued throughout the
was so lucky to be able to attend this event, and felt that other
fans who could not be there might enjoy hearing another devoted
fan’s impressions of this special time.
- Dare I hope that Andrea will also
read the words I write with sincerity and appreciation to him and
his people? That would make me so happy.
- I feel that perhaps he might need to
be told, not by a VIP, or one of his inner circle, but by an
ordinary, but devoted fan….about the warm welcome we felt in his
“little village” among his people and the experience of this
special night shared with them.
- I can’t speak to the
technicalities of the music, etc….what I write comes only from my
heart…a heart that knows what it loves to “hear” the voice of
- After some reflection, I will try to
tell you what it was like to be among the 5,000 or so very lucky
people who experienced this emotionally charged event….all the
while giving us the feeling that we were attending a “Saturday
night concert in the park”….as the sun disappeared and a cool
breeze blew across the open fields around us.
- But first……..
- It is my feeling that some
recognition should be given to the good people of Lajatico. We spent
5 days in this lovely little village, exploring all the places
we’ve heard about….and when we left, we left as friends not
strangers. A promise to return, amid many warm hugs and kisses.
- I would love to tell Andrea of the
warm and welcoming reception we received from everyone there….I
think it would make him very proud of his people.
- To our two Italian angels in
the ticket/info.office….. we will never forget them and the
personal attention they gave us. It seemed we always needed
some help, and they always found a way to accommodate us…they made
us feel like VIPs!!
- To all the “guys”
in the bar…whose happy greeting every morning always started
our day with a smile and enthusiasm for the day’s events…they
sent us on our way with a great cup of coffee and a warm, delicious
- To the new friends we made….who
shared their stories and knowledge of Andrea and his home and guided
us through all the neighboring towns….one more picturesque and
charming than the other…..Volterra, Sienna, Montecatini…Forte
dei Marmi…to name only a few.
- Of course, to Edi and Alberto
Bocelli, who greeted us with warm hugs and those famous Bocelli
smiles….they were so nice to us.
- And to all the other smiling faces
that bid us a “Buongiorno or Buonasera” the grocer and the
banker……the “ladies club” that met in the bar every morning
to share the latest news and those wonderful pastries. In the
evening as the men of the village gathered to play cards, the
children played chase and rode their bikes. La piazza came to
life with the sound of the laughter and love of these charming
people……Ohhhh…shades of my childhood as I called to mind
pictures of similar happenings outside my father’s grocery store
on warm summer nights. Is this a custom Italians brought with
them when they came to America? This way they have of just
“letting it all hang out” as we Americans like to say? I
don’t know….but, I KNOW I LIKE IT!!…..Noooo…I LOVE IT!
- We made the decision to stay
in an apartment in Lajatico instead of an “air conditioned”
hotel in Volterra because we wanted to experience Lajatico and its
people…and it turned out to be the right decision. We made
memories to take home with us and relive again and again. For
example, going to mass in the church where the Bocelli family attend
mass and where Andrea sang as a boy and where he was married.
- Right about here, you are wondering
if I’ll EVER get to the all important concert…..I do apologize
for being so wordy. I hope you will be patient with me.
- Naturally, the concert is the
highlight of our Lajatico adventure.
- As evidenced by the great pictures
on Bo.de…..spectacular is not a grand enough word to describe what
it was really like TO BE THERE.
- We sat in what was to be the first
row, until they added a row of seats in front of us.
- That was okay, because we were
almost dead center right in front of Andrea and from where we sat,
we could see backstage and the aisle where Andrea entered and exited.
- We saw him wait for the right moment
to begin, and we saw Veronica hurry to meet him when he walked back.
She is “Johnny on the spot” for sure. She is so attentive
to Andrea, anticipating his every move, so as to be there when
she’s needed. She’s a gem!
- The great fiberglass head, so
impressive, placed in a pond behind the stage, changing colors
before our eyes…..brilliant marine blue, aqua and then purple….as
they say…”Candy” for the eyes. On the pillars
surrounding the back…..moving alabaster “statues” in silk,
blowing in the wind…another “WOW”….Coral members, MANY of
them, all dressed in flowing white robes wearing painted faces.
Every single detail artistically presented with the rolling hills of
the famous Tuscan landscape all around us, big, bold and beautiful
beyond the telling.
- All of a sudden, we hear the
instantly recognizable sound of Andrea’s voice with “big
emotion” speaking the words he wrote to his father, this tribute
to the all important “one who is not here” ….”Caro
babbo”:….sweet, touching words of love and gratitude that set
the stage for his entrance and the promise of an evening of
emotional highs that would stay with us for a very long time……forever!!
- Finally the moment has come….he
stands before us dressed in casual black attire, looking more
handsome than anyone has a right to. He begins to sing….first,
the Brindisi from Cavalleria rusticana and his face takes on the
look of a choirboy, calm, innocent with a kind of reverence for the
music…effortless some have said, but we know better, as he pours
his heart and soul into his songs. Then we know why we are
here…why some of us have traveled ½ way around the world to this
little dot on the map to support and share the fulfillment of his
- Ohhh Andrea darlin’……you
have stolen our hearts with your beautiful voice and “winning ways”…God
loves you for who you are and what you do…..and so do we ALL.
- I’ve been to a few Bocelli
concerts in my time. And I have NEVER heard his voice sound
more perfectly beautiful, powerful and emotional. Every song
with a WOW ending….high notes that seemed to go on FOREVER.
On one song, and I get so wrapped up in the hypnotic sound of his
voice that I really don’t remember which one,
- he heaved a great sigh at the
end and issued a big “WHEW”…..I think he even “wowed”
himself!! The audience could have eaten him up…..with a
- From the very first song, he
had us in the palm of his hand. There were a few new songs but
basicly the same ones we love ….Funiculi funicula, Granada, E
lucevan le stelle…I absolutely love this song, and he poured every
ounce of his emotions into this one and the tears flowed like wine
here. Then Nessun Dorma and Mamma. Was there even ONE
that didn’t “ring my chimes?”….Wellll…Nooooo! He
pulled out all the stops. And as if that wasn’t enough…after the
break he came out dressed in ALL WHITE!.
- Well, if the term “a vision” can
be used to describe a man…..call him a vision! A gasp arose from
the audience, and he just stood there a moment. I couldn’t
stop myself….out popped my “Hello, Gorgeous!” After all,
someone HAD to say it, no?? I think he knew he was lookin’ goooood
and he could feel the love coming at him.
- Duets with Paola Sanguinetti were
perfectly executed…the ones that move most of us to tears…the
ones we never get tired of hearing. This was my first time
seeing Paola, and I think she is one of Andrea’s favorites.
She has a truly beautiful voice and is a very lovely lady, also.
I would enjoy seeing her perform with Andrea again sometime.
- I don’t know anything about the
baritone, Montresor. He was a worthy addition to the program,
a very beautiful, big voice, although in truth I prefer the
tenor voice and specifically Andrea’s…beeeeg surprise, no? And I
probably should be embarrassed to say so, but when Andrea is on the
stage….I only see and hear him.
- Someone who spoke with Andrea a
couple of hours before the concert told me that he was VERY nervous
about this concert. We know he is ALWAYS “stage afraid”, but
this evening was very special to him for many personal reasons. He
must sing his best before his own people , and make his village
proud of him.….and maybe he felt the awesome responsibility for
the success of the event weighing heavily upon his shoulders.
- But as usual, Andrea never
disappoints…he gave l000% and success was once again his..
- The program ended with the usual Con
te Partiro, and a recording of Because we believe and at times
Andrea sang along with the recording, as he stood there waving and
- While the sound of Andrea’s voice
filled the night, a spectacular display of fireworks lit up the
night sky, and tons of silver confetti fell all around us, giving
the effect of a thousand dancing lights…their brilliance rivaled
only by Andrea’s radiant smile. He was obviously sooo happy
with the audience’s reception of this spectacular event ….and I
was sooo happy FOR him! Everyone stood up clapping, cheering
and yelling ….my face was wet with tears of joy….AND sadness
that this special night was coming to an end..
- Andrea has always spoken so lovingly
of his “little village” and with this project has said that he
wanted to return to his roots. There is a saying….”you
can’t go home again”….but maybe for Andrea this is not true,
because on this night of nights, the world famous superstar that
stood before us was once again the sweet country boy of old.
On this special night, in this special place……..Andrea Bocelli
- I wish I could have understood
his thank you speech spoken in Italian. I almost yelled at him
again this time “Please, Andrea…speak a few words in English”.
I’m sure the other English speaking fans who didn’t speak
Italian would have loved knowing what he said, too. But, even tho I
couldn’t understand all the words, I understood his message…from
his heart ….as always.
- The next day, we paid a farewell
visit to the site, and we could see this area slowly returning to
its original peaceful landscape, and would soon look as if
this magical evening had never happened. Was it all a dream??………
as the workers pulled up the wooden floors, dismantled all the
electronic equipment and knocked down the stage, where only hours
before there was such hustle and bustle and excitement. Truly an
- The good news is that Andrea has
contracted for four more of these concerts under the stars…and if
this is so…even in the sweltering Italian heat of July…God
willing, I will probably be there again. Say….. could become
a habit that is hard to break???
- Rose Daigle
- New Orleans, La.