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Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli arrives in Taipei

2010/05/05 20:43:46

Taipei May 5 (CNA) Internationally renowned Italian tenor AndreaBocelli arrived Wednesday in Taipei, where he was scheduled toperform the following evening at the Taipei Arena.

Speaking at a press conference upon arrival, Bocelli said he ispleased to be sharing the stage with prominent musicians from variouscountries and to be working with the National Symphony Orchestra(NSO) of Taiwan for the first time.

After performing at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai ExpoApril 30, Bocelli also gave a concert in Hong Kong Tuesday, where hereceived rave reviews.

"I have visited many countries and am amazed that so many peoplelove my songs. It feels like a dream," Bocelli said.

"I was impressed by the central city of Taichung during my lastvisit in 2008 and I'm pleased to make my Taipei debut this time, " hewent on, adding that "I will do my best to provide a wonderfulexperience for the audiences."

About 11,000 tickets for the concert had been sold as of thatday, according to an organizer of the concert.

The 52-year-old singer emerged as a vocal phenomenon in the1990s, starting as a piano bar singer before becoming aninternationally renowned tenor. He has since gone on to become one ofthe most successful artists of all time, selling over 65 millionalbums all over the world.

With one of the most unique voices in the world, his expressedgoal is "to communicate with the listener, to touch his heart in thesame way I was touched as a child by my favorite singers, who made medream and moved me to tears."

In recent years, Bocelli has effortlessly straddled the realms ofboth classical and popular music, winning an impressive array ofprestigious awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Song, Grammyand Academy Award nominations.

He was also awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in Marchthis year.

"The repertoire of Taipei's concert includes some pieces fromopera and Italian songs that he has made famous throughout hiscareer. Even people who don't know classical music can enjoy itlistening for the first time," said the NSO conductor, Eugene Kohn.

(By Sunnie Chen)