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October 20, 2013 11:46 am

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli: Israel Left a Very Powerful Impression on Me

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Andrea Bocelli receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo: Wiki Commons

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, the best-selling classical musician of all time, said, writing in the Daily Mail on Sunday, that of all the stops in a long career of world tours, Israel was one of his favorites.

“Places in the world I have especially enjoyed include Israel, which left a very powerful impression on me,” he wrote in the Mail ahead of the release this week of his latest album, “Love In Portofino.”

Last year, he also confessed his love of Israel to the UK Telegraph. “A country that has really resonated with me and I was really impressed with was Israel. I found that the whole country had a very special atmosphere. I was there to perform but it was one of the few places that I’ve visited over the years that I had some free time to explore, and I was hugely impressed by all the religious history there,” he said at the time.

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Bocelli visited Israel in 2011 performing at Masada in collaboration with members of the Rishon Lezion Symphonic Orchestra and the opera choir. Prior to that he visited the Jewish state in 2008 as part of a celebration for President Shimon Peres’s birthday.

Bocelli write in the Daily Mail that touring takes up lots of his time. “Unfortunately, when I’m performing, the schedule usually takes me from the hotel to the concert hall and then to the airport. If I made more time when I’m abroad, it would mean spending less time at home with my family. And my family is the most important thing to me,” he said.

“My favorite concert is the one I do every year in the Teatro del Silenzio (Theatre of Silence), an open-air amphitheater situated in Lajatico, my home town. The theater hosts a concert by me once every July and lies silent the rest of the year. I perform here with special guests and it’s a wonderful occasion. Come to Tuscany for its beauty, but come next year and enjoy my music too,” he enthused.

Bocelli, who was born with glaucoma and lost his sight at the age of 12, has won fans across the globe and has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

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  • Andrea Bocelli is a legend in our time. He is the ultimate performer who thinks for himself. Kudos to him for his talent and sharing that talent with the Israeli public.

    I wish him continued success in his illustrious career. He is quite a mensch.

  • k

    the Roger Waters and the other scum of the earth must be horrified to hear this, no doubt they are working with their publicists to get the message to Andrea that he should keep his mouth shut

  • Ronit Fraid

    Andreas Bocelli is beautiful inside and out…he resonates with the Jewish state because of his beautiful soul.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Andrea is a blessing to the world. Is 2008 visit with had some free time to explore “I was hugely impressed by all the religious history there,” he said at the time.
    That is a confirmation for me by many people, that I know. They had a spiritual deep sense when there and love the place. I had missed many time to stop over: because the airline neighboring Israel had not connection and is clearly a boycott. Hope that next time I will (God will) visit my family in Italy to found an economical way to stop and visit Israel and beyond.The satellite image can not replace the realty. Is quite interesting that if Andrea was to be born now, in many country USA, Australia and the rest probably was aborted because of is eyes condition. How many Bocelli abortion had cause to be lost?

  • Kol hakavod. It was an honor for Israel to host you. Come back soon.

  • Ben Dover

    Bravo, Andrea Bocelli. You see with your heart.
    Ben Dover

    • lisa pagani

      Consider the following sequence…
      The italian Rissorgimento…Fratelli Rosselli…Amedeo Modigliani…Enrico Fermi…Rita Levi Montalcini..Carlo Levi…Primo Levi…Goele Dix…Elsa Morante,Alberto Moravia,Cesare Musatti,Dan Segré,Moni Ovadia,Gad Lerner the Sinigaglia,Treves,Terracini,Foa,Toaff,Padoa Shioppa,Sarfatti,Ginzburg,Zevi,Artom,Finzi,Formiggini,Debenedetti,Donati,Lombroso,Luzzatto,Mentana,Mieli families, Ernesto Nathan, …G.Bassani,Michele Besso,R.Calimani,E.Fiano,U.Stille.The list is larger,it bears 600 names.I just choose those one might find in published,either paperwork or online databases. I would say to Andrea Boccelli,whom I considere an extraordinary tenor:we are delighted to welcome you to the italian jews fan club.