What a fantastic concert, absolutely wonderful and with new elements
too. WOW WOW I was blown away. I was already on cloud 999 after
Teatro Del Silenzio and the whole Tuscan experience just over a
couple of months ago, but now I'm likely to remain their even longer.
As the lights dimmed and the concert began Andrea's voice was heard
expressing his sentiments about music, how he wanted to share this
and then thanked us for coming tonight. The english words were
displaid on a large screen behind the orchestra at the back of the
stage. It was obvious from the audience's response that this gesture
was greatly appreciated. Andrea had them captivated long before he
came on stage.
When he made his appearance he looked fabulous, hair at the back a
little shorter than usual and complementing the sides and top of
late. I think this style really suits him, makes him look more
distinguished especially now his hair is turning more silver and
dare I say, it even more handsome.
He was accompanied by:
Marcello Rota - Conductor
The British Philharmonic Orchestra
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Marina Rebeka - Soprano
Andrea Griminelli – Flutist
promised above here is the programme:-
G Verdi: 'Gli arredi festivi' from Nabucco
G Verdi: 'La donna e mobile' from Rigoletto
P Mascagni: 'Brindisi' from Cavaleria Rusticana
G Puccini: 'O mio babbino caro' from Gianni Schicchi
F Schubert: 'Ave Maria'
C Franck: 'Panis Angelicus'
E Morricone: 'Mission' - Andrea Griminelli
J Rodrigo: 'Aranjuez con tu amor' - Andrea Griminelli & Andrea
G Puccini: 'O soave fanciulla' from La Boheme - duet with Marina
G Verdi: ' Brindisi' from Traviata - duet with Marina Rebeka
N Rota: 'Amarcord'
G D'Anzi: 'Voglio vivere cosi'
G B Aniello: 'Vieni sui mar'
C A Bixio; 'Mamma'
V Monti: 'Ciarda'
E De Curtis: 'Non ti scordar di me'
S Gastaldon: 'Muscia probita'
E Cannio ' O surdato nnammurato'
N Rota: 'Fellini 8 e mezzo@
E Di Capua: 'O sole mio'
L Denza: 'Funiculi funicula'
Can't help falling in Love - duet with Deborah Cox
The Prayer - duet with Deborah Cox
Canta Della Terra - with Marina Rebeka & Andrea Griminelli on
flute (if I remember correctly)
Time to say Goodbye - duet with Marina Rebeka, Andrea Griminelli on
Marina Rebeka was wonderful and Andrea Griminelli made the flute
sing. He was amazing and a real thrill to have him as part of this
tour after seeing him at TDS.
I prefer the solo version of Can't help falling in Love' and 'The
Prayer' with Celine Dion who's voice (in my opinion) blends better
with Andrea's. Nevertheless the above variations went down a storm
and the response was immediate. There were at least two standing
ovations for 'Canta Della Terra' and 'Time to Say Goodbye'. Sorry I
lost count with clapping, cheering etc.
Please accept my apologies for any spelling mistakes, details were
taken from the tour book for London O2 and Birmingham.
If anyone else finds glaring errors please feel free to correct
them. It's so difficult recalling exactly who accompanied who,
especially as I just wanted to enjoy each moment.
Well it's way past my bedtime so I'll bid you all farewell.
Thank you once again Andrea, you wowed us yet again with another
truly memorable evening!
Andrea Bocelli Concert at the O2 London
went with Phyl to the O2 driven by Doug my son in law. As we had
time to kill before the doors opened. We went to Star Bucks for
a cup of coffee and sandwich, did some people watching. Phyl had
a friend and her brother coming to the concert too, but we never
did meet up with them.
O2 holds up to 20,000 capacity, there were very few empty
seats, as far as I could sea. A TV celebrity sat near by,
Brian Man who caused a few cameras to start clicking. Cold
beer, various drinks, food and water were being taken round
before the concert, we declined, as were programmes £15 a
time, it had some lovely pictures of Andrea in it, and his
guests, orchestra and choir.
time came for the great man Andrea Bocelli escorted by the
conductor, (fascinating to watch him bouncing around in his
podium!) Marcello Rota, (a frequent guest with the world’s
great opera companies); to take his place on the stage and
he was greeted with loud applause! How well he looked, I was
mesmerised by him, a beautiful smile and posture in a black
suite, white shirt and bow tie to match, the applause died
down and he began to sing, the moment I had been waiting for,
for such a long time, to see and hear him and he was right
there in front of me and to the left; I could see every
movement, and take in this so wonderful a voice from this
man, who is so talented not just by singing but playing many
instruments, and loves riding his white stallion horse.
first song was G Verdi “Gli arrendi festiivi” from
Nabucco, another Verdi “La donna ĕ mobile” from
Rigoletto, and many more too numerous to mention here.
Andrea stands with his hands gently closed in a fist by his
side, and can be seen to make gentle movements with his
right hand so as to keep in time. He would talk to the
conductor sometimes before singing, caress the microphone,
and he made some movements in his throat too. I was in awe
of him; to be so close to see all this at first hand, I was
not going to miss a thing, I was completely wrapped up the
moment, the outside world did not exist, I was totally lost
in this wonderful experience, and I am still reeling from it
had 4 supporting Artist a soprano, Marina Rebeka, who had an
amazing voice and looked great in a long brown laced top
dress which shimmered under the lights, for the second half
she wore a full length red dress with a huge red rosette on
her hip. A flautist, Andrea Griminelli, acclaimed by critics
and audiences for his sensitive interpretations and
astonishing technique; who played magnificently with his
gold flute, and played many pieces, and some with Andrea and
Marina; he was dressed in a grey suit with a long jacket, (I
like thoes). I was hoping Andrea would change into his white
outfit for the second half, that did not happen (well a girl
can’t have everything).
was a large orchestra, The British Philharmonic, and a
backing choir, Crouch End Chorus. A screen at the back of
the stage where camera men were relaying different parts of
the orchestra and the artists, during the performance; there
was also two screens each side of the stage, for those
people who where high up in the theatre, I found the one at
the back of the stage a bit intrusive, as I preferred to
watch the artists.
one point in the second half Andrea went off the stage only
to return again and said, “Sorry, I forgot the programme”
which cause some laughter and applause.
were pieces where Andrea, Andrea Griminelli, who played the
flute and Marina soprano, performed together.
time came for the concert to end; I wanted it to go for ever
as did many others. There were at least 3 encores, ‘I
Can’t Help falling in Love with you’ ‘Let this be our
Prayer’ and of course ‘Time to say Goodbye’ (well, at
this point I became quite emotional) we gave them all a
standing ovation which was well deserved! Andrea sang his
heart out, bless him!
have taken pictures from the programme which are not very
good, as I was not allowed to take pictures during the
performance; anyway I would not want to be doing that while
listening! Some of the press were sat on the floor beside me
taking photographs at the beginning of the concert. The
audience were well behaved which did surprise me; as I was
expecting applause before he had finished, well at the end
that happened a bit, but that was fine.
will definitely go again and hope you too will be able to
enjoy such a wonderful experience one day!
out of such large area was quite a challenge; traffic was as
you can imagine heavy; my daughter Claire was stuck in it so
we had to wait a few minutes for her to get to us. I got
home at 11 45pm after a great evening!
Gwenneth with best wishes, Laus Deo