1st – MGM Grand – Las Vegas , NV/
15th – Honda Center – Anaheim , CA
- It was my great
good-fortune to attend two events on Andrea’s current tour… the
opening concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and the final concert
in Anaheim, California.
- My words cannot
do justice to the feelings I have before, during and after one of
Andrea’s concerts. My
emotions range from heart-thumping anticipation, to dreamy ecstasy,
and end with an emptiness that borders on depression.
- Because the MGM
stage was so crowded with a huge orchestra and three tiers of chorus
members, Andrea had to manage a temporary set of stairs every time
he entered or exited the stage.
It was a bit awkward for him I thought, but he didn’t seem
to complain. In Anaheim
the stage was larger, and he was able to enter and exit from the
curtained area in the back left side of the stage.
From here on I will report mostly of the Anaheim concert.
- When Andrea
enters the stage for the first time in his immaculate tuxedo, there
seems to be an overall feeling from the audience of “Wow!
He’s really here in front of us.
It’s really him!” The applause almost embarrasses him.
And then he sings for us, with his whole being!
I believe without a doubt that he puts everything he has into
each performance. He
can do no less for this audience who loves him.
- The first half of
the performance consisted of operatic arias such as La Donne e
Mobile, a selection from La Boheme with Luis Ledesma, Brindisi from
La Traviata with Daniela Bruera, E Lucevan le Stelle from Tosca, and
finished with a beautiful duet, Viene la Sera from Madama Butterfly
with Ms. Bruera. This
last selection was highlighted with scenes from an actual
performance projected on the screen behind the orchestra.
It ends with the two singers in a sweet embrace.
But let me tell you how surprised we were during the Anaheim
performance, when Andrea turned to his soprano, cupped her face
gently in his hands, and bent down for a tender kiss.
I’ll bet there weren’t many women in the audience who
wouldn’t have given anything to be in Ms. Bruela’s shoes at that
- About half way
through the lighter second half of the concert, Andrea enters the
stage wearing a sparkling white jacket and carrying his gold flute.
We were in for a treat!
- “So… I
changed my jacket. What
do you think of it?” To
which the audience roars its approval.
And we were rewarded with a brilliant smile.
He told us that in honor of his recently released CD, Vivere,
it was time to change the atmosphere a bit.
We were treated to some of the songs from the new CD, at
times joined by Heather Headley. Their voices work so well together.
- At the end of the
program, Andrea thanked the orchestra and the chorus members, his
guest singers, and Steven Mercurio, “… the craziest conductor
I’ve ever worked with!”
- Andrea was called back for an encore, and together he and
Heather sang The Prayer, obviously a favorite of many audience
members. Once more an
audience that was not ready to let him go, called him back to the
stage. He entered with
Ms. Bruera and when the music began for Con Te Partiro, there was an
audible mixture of delight and regret from the audience, because by
now many of us realize this is going to be his last song… his
final time on stage… his way of saying Goodbye!
- As he was
departing the stage by way of a staircase, his white jacket almost
glowing in the darkness surrounding him for an inconspicuous exit,
the audience let out a roar of applause and appreciation for a
spectacular evening. We
couldn’t believe it when he turned around, and came back to us.
After what must have been an exhausting two hours of giving
us all he had, he gave us one final aria to remember him by…
Nessun Dorma! He must have been so tired at this point, and yet he
thrilled us with this beautiful aria.
- Andrea Bocelli,
more than any other tenor I’ve listened to, puts so much of
himself into every note and every word he sings. Though I’ve
attended a dozen of his concerts so far, this last one in Anaheim
was the very best. It
seems his voice was stronger and he held the notes longer than
I’ve ever heard before. Perhaps
because it was to be his last concert of the tour he felt free to
extend himself that extra measure.
What an exhilarating experience to be in his presence!
And this is where the emptiness comes into the picture…
because when Andrea leaves the stage for the final time, I
experience a feeling of deep loss.
I don’t know if he affects anyone else in this way, but a
light seems to go out in my heart.
- Andrea, thank you
for sharing yourself and your life’s dream with all of us.
You are an inspiration and a treasure that I will forever
- by Mary Kay
8th – Izod Arena
– East Rutherford , NJ
- I immediately went to ticketmaster
and bought two tickets to the East
Rutherford, N.J. concert. My husband was not going to be able to
to work obligations, but I bought myself a plane ticket the same
day. My aunt, who
still lives in N.J., went with me to the concert. As the date
approached, my excitement
The evening of the concert we arrived at the arena and found our
had gotten my program and the new cd I planned to purchase at the
concert. I also bought my aunt the "Under the Desert Sky"
dvd/cd as a Christmas gift. As you took the stage, I was still
taking in all of the sights and sounds and energy that were drifting
through the hall. I am sometimes embarrassed by my child-like
excitement at certain events.
Actually being able to see you in person was one of these. As you
sang the notes of the
first song I couldn't decide on whether to close my eyes and just
take in the incredible
sound, or watch the stage and screens for visual enjoyment. I
alternated through both
for most of the first half. At some point during "Viene la
Sera" with Ms. Bruera I began
to cry. My aunt was passing me tissues she had in her purse. I
neglected to realize
that I might need tissues at a concert. I had attended many concerts
in my lifetime and never needed tissues before. After the song was
over I thought too that my crying would stop. But then you sang
"Nessun Dorma" in tribute to Pavarotti and the tears again
began to flow. I got a break during the intermission and tried to
explain to my aunt that I didn't know what was happening to me or
why I was crying this way. I told her that it was as if
the notes of each song you were singing were passing through me and
straight into my
soul. She smiled in a knowing way. As the second half began, I once
again found myself wiping a steady stream of slow tears behind my
glasses. My aunt finally gave up and handed me the entire package of
tissues. "Ave Maria" and "Panis Angelicus" were
two hymns that I remember hearing over and over again in the
catholic church while I was growing up.
All of the memories of my childhood were coming back. All of the
sights and smells of
my grandparents house, the italian language being spoken, my cheeks
being pinched, and the Caruso operas being played throughout the
house. I cried for the entire second half of the concert until it
was over. I stood and applauded with the rest of the attendees in
hall, through my tears, until my hands hurt. I left the arena a
different person than the one that had entered a few hours earlier.
My aunt and I drove home in silence because I
was unable to speak. I flew back to Tennessee the next day and tried
to convey to my
husband what I had experienced. He commented that I was shaking as I
tried to put into words what I had heard. It didn't work.
- by Carolyn Mathis
14th – Jobing Arena – Phoenix , AZ
- "We just got
home from a fabulous trip to Phoenix for yet another
Bocelli concert! Loved it. I was so touched
by the love from each
musicians heart and the most amazing sounds that they embraced us
all evening. Two plus hours of such incredible sounds.
all those with him..... too wonderful. I laughed,
I cried, I screamed
and clapped until my hands hurt and my body ached! At one
returned to the stage and I spontaneously yelled, "I love you".
It was a total body experience. My husband, Tim, also
reacted to the
music! We both left floating high. We had
great seats. Right in the
middle, up front just 10 rows from the stage. Muhammed
there....he came in and everyone stood and cheered him. He sat
seats in front of us! Double bonus. Andrea
had visited with him at
his home the night before and for the fourth encore Andrea came out
red boxing gloves on! He dedicated the concert to
Muhammed and told us
all he had been his childhood hero.
- by Donna Collins
15th – Honda Center – Anaheim , CA
- When Andrea's
2007 USA tour dates were finally set, circumstances at the time were
conspiring against me. I was seriously looking at the end of
my wonderful streak of having seen THE MAN live at least once a
calendar year since 1999. I was being a brave girl and
counting my blessings that I'd been fortunate enough to see him as
much as I had and all that but...WAAH!!! :'( I wanted to go
somewhere! As luck, karma, Christmas elves ;) or whatever you
want to credit would have it, though, circumstances changed in my
favor (woo-hoo!) and I WAS able to go to a show after all. The
Anaheim concert had already been chosen by friends :) so it would be
the one for me as well.
Taking a trip from a cold climate to a warm one in December is FUN!
:) Emerging from the airport to sunshine and palm trees was
the start of a great weekend! While some in my group (you know
who you are ;) ) were worrying Andrea might be tired at this last
stop on his tour OR suffering from Martha Stewart's cold, I was
confident that the stars had not lined up for me to get to
California only to be disappointed by a less than ideal performance.
There was going to be a big screen backdrop! :) I KNEW it was
going to be a great night.
I'd read previously about a "thank you" notice from Andrea
on the big screen at the end of the evening. I didn't know
anything about the introductory piece. It was a lovely
surprise to hear Andrea's speaking voice and see the footage of
Italy. I DO hope the big screen is here to stay. It adds
a lot to the show and is especially appreciated by those of us not
in the front rows. :)
The opening number by the orchestra was new to me and quite swell.
They finished. Steven Mercurio left the stage. We know
what that means! He came back with Andrea and the crowd loved
it. :-) It was a wonderfully enthusiastic audience all night
long--a great way to send THE MAN home. The music started.
Andrea started...and sang his heart out all night long. THE
VOICE was very strong and note perfect. He really looked like
he was having a great time. One of the best things about my
streak, for me, is having seen Andrea through his arena concert
"stage afraid". I remember watching for the moments
when he'd finally unclench his fist and seem to breathe easier.
Those days are over! It is great to see him enjoy himself up
there at last.
I'd read earlier reports mentioning "Nessun Dorma" being
performed as an unscheduled tribute to Pavarotti right before
intermission. Our song before intermission was the scheduled
"Viene la Sera" complete with a double dose of
passion--Torre del Lago footage of Andrea in character on the big
screen (as "Pinkerton") and THE MAN in person framing
soprano Daniela Bruera's face ever so lovingly for quite the kiss ;)
to conclude the number. A super first half ending, but no
"Nessun Dorma". Were we not going to hear it???
One of our encores was "Vivo Per Lei". Andrea let
his inner bluesman :) come through at the very end of the
song--adding a "yeah!" I'm sure Zucchero would have been
The Honda Center didn't seem to know when Andrea was really done for
the night. After each encore they'd start putting up the
lights. Until we heard "Time To Say Goodbye" I was
confident the show wasn't really over. Then...we heard
it. Bows were taken. The lights came up again. Was
it REALLY over this time? No! :) Andrea came out again
with Steven. Were they just taking a last bow? No!
:) Steven took his position. The music began....NESSUN
DORMA! We DID get to hear it after all It was performed
with no mention of Pav, just as the ultimate encore. Of
course I have no idea why it was saved until the end like that but I
like to think it was because it was the perfect way to wrap up a
great tour for THE MAN. "Vincero!" indeed. :-)
by Janice Sopicki Chicago, IL USA