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Bocellimania to sweep music fans in a week

Bocellimania to sweep music fans in a week

Italian famed pop-opera tenor Andrea Bocelli will embark on his overseas concert tours in Asian countries between late April and early May. He is scheduled to perform in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore.
Apart from the opening concert of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo on May 1st, Bocelli will hold a concert in Taipei on May 6. His previous performance was in April 2008 in Taichung City.
This Taipei concert is organized by the Management of New Arts and Universal Music Taiwan. Niu Hsiao-hwa, chairperson of the Taipei-based MNA, said a total of 10,600 tickets at the Taipei Arena were almost sold out in a week when the ticketing opened on March 8. By mid-April, less than 952 tickets were available--Bocellimania is swiftly sweeping across Taiwan.
Artists including soprano Sabina Cvilak, flutist Andrea Griminelli, singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem and conductor Eugene Kohn will also visit Taiwan, performing with the pop-opera tenor, plus the National Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus.
"The programs are divided into Italian operas and Neapolitan ballads. Among the operas, Bocelli's favorite pieces contain Verdi's La donna "mobile and Mascagni's Brindisi," said Fu Ching-liang, Director of Universal Music Taiwan.
The blind vocalist will also sing Guillaume Louis Cottrau's Santa Lucia, a romantic Neapolitan song, and Luigi Denza's Funiculi Funicula, an encore during the 2008 Taichung concert.
On May 4, Bocelli will perform with Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and this is the first time the Taipei-based NSO will be performing overseas.
Fu said that Bocelli became world-renowned in the realms of classical and popular music as he sang a song named "Time to Say Goodbye" with soprano Sarah Brightman for the final match of German boxer Henry Maske in 1996.
The Prayer, Bocell's duet with Celine Dion for the animated film "Quest for Camelot," won the Golden Globe for Best Song in 1999 and was nominated for an Academy Award. In the same year he released his second pop album "Sogno." This album, which included "The Prayer," went straight to number one in the pop charts around the world, confirming his position at the pinnacle of the popular music world. With this incredible chart success and North American concert tours breaking box office records, the U.S. media coined the phrase "Bocellimania."