Andrea Bocelli, a world-renowned tenor, dazzled his audience with a celebration of classical music in his concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last Tuesday, April 26.
The homegrown ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Salonga, accompanied Bocelli.
In an interview with the Inquirer, Salonga said that his job was to prepare the orchestra for the concert’s official conductor, Carlo Bernini. Salonga also mentioned that they got the stint after sending videos of their classical pieces to the show’s producers.
Aside from Filipino musical talents, Bocelli also shared the stage with Mexican opera singer Maria Katzarava, Italian flutist Andrea Griminelli, and Filipina West End actor Christine Allado. Each enchanting performance was greatly lauded by the audience.
The two-hour concert, organized by local promoter Music Management International (MMI), is part of Bocelli’s ongoing world tour to promote his new album “Cinema”.
The show featured classical Italian opera pieces from the album and some songs played in iconic movies such as “Brucia La Terra” from The Godfather, “Maria” from the West Side Story, “La Chanson de Lara” from Dr. Zhivago, and “Music of the Night” in Phantom of the Opera.
This was Bocelli’s second visit to the Philippines. His first concert in Manila was held at the Araneta Coliseum in April 2004.
Bocelli has expressed his support for local talents and has also shared the stage with Filipino artist Charice Pempengco in his hometown concert last 2008.