Andrea Bocelli: Watch emotional performance of Nessun Dorma as he collects new award

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The legendary tenor took the stage in Verona on a night celebrating Italian music stars. Against the spectacular backdrop of the Roman ruins of the Verona Arena, Andrea thrilled the VIP audience with yet another stunning performance of one of his signature tunes, backed by a full orchestra and choir.  SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE FULL PERFORMANCE

The Roman amphitheatre, which has been standing since 30AD, is famous for its usual summer season of opera. The enormous stage traditionally fills one end of the immense open-air structure and, as the audience looks on, the moon rises behind the performers.

In this spectacular setting, Andrea was awarded the Premio Arena di Verona, alongside fellow opera crossover superstars Il Volo. 

Andrea, who has just restarted his US and world tour, most recently performed the famous aria at Central Park in New York and at the Euro 2020 closing ceremony in June this year.

Andrea, of course, delivered a flawless rendition of the iconic (and hugely challenging) aria, including that famous final Top B, which is a B4.

That final word “vincerò” is not only immensely stirring, but the meaning behind it is also equally powerful. It means “I will win” and is sung by the brave suitor to a cruel princess how has decreed everyone will die if they cannot help her discover his name. Typically OTT opera plotting but undeniably thrilling.

Especially when sung in such a beautiful setting by one of the greatest voices in the world. WATCH the full performance below.

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The aria has a special place in Andrea’s heart because it was, of course, made famous to a wider audience by Luciano Pavarotti.

He performed the excerpt from Turandot in Rome on June 7, 1990, the night before the FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina.

It was part of the first-ever Three Tenors concert with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. Pavarotti sang the aria alone during the concert and then was joined by his fellow opera superstars for an encore.

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The event at the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome captured the public’s imagination and the recording of the show became the best-selling classical album of all time.

At the same time, The BBC had already been using a 1972 recording of Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma as the theme for its television coverage of the 1990 World Cup, which sent the song to number two on the UK charts.

Around the same time, in 1992, Pavarotti was offered Miserere, a new track by Italian pop star Zucchero. The demo tape was sung by a young unknown, Andrea Bocelli.

An incredible new star was about to be born, with a little help from Maestro Pavarotti.

Pavarotti replied: “Thank you for writing such a wonderful song. Yet you do not need me to sing it – let Andrea sing ‘Miserere’ with you, for there is no one finer.”

It was the start of Andrea’s own extraordinary road to fame and he soon landed his first record deal in 1993.

The two tenors went on to perform charity galas together and Andrea described Pavarotti as “an exceptional artist and a dear friend.”

After the opera legend’s death in 2007, Andrea said: “Pavarotti loved me. He called me [to perform] at his wedding and his wife called me again for his funeral.”

And now Andrea is poised to pass on a little of his own legacy as his youngest son, Matteo, prepares to debut his own solo material.

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