The Staged Opera Performances of Andrea Bocelli

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Andrea Bocelli, born on Sept. 22, 1958, is one of the most famous tenors in the world, his fan base rivaling and quite possibly surpassing that of some of opera’s greatest artists. To put it succinctly, he has known how to balance the fine line between classical and popular music.

Because of Bocelli’s blindness, a challenge that he has had to deal with since the age of 12, Bocelli’s operatic engagements have been limited at best. And yet, he has managed to brave those very challenges and appeared on the opera stage in a few different productions throughout his career. Here is a look at the times that Bocelli has appeared in an opera.

This article will only note staged performances.

La Bohème 

Bocelli’s first ever performance of an opera on-stage came in 1998 when he took on Puccini’s “La Bohème” at the Teatro Comunale di Cagliari for one week.

Werther

In 1999, the tenor took on the role in Massenet’s famed opera at the age of 41 at the Michigan Opera Theater. He sang alongside Denyce Graves, who took on the role of Charlotte.  He also performed the opera in Bologna in 2004.

Madama Butterfly

In 2002, the tenor took on the role of B.F. Pinkerton in a production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” opposite soprano Maria Pia Ionata at the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago.

Tosca

In 2004, the tenor took on the role of Cavaradossi at the 50th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

Carmen

In 2008, the tenor returned to the stage as Don José in “Carmen” opposite Ildikó Komlósi at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma for four nights.

Roméo et Juliette

The tenor took on the Shakespearean hero in 2012 at the Teatro Carlo Fenice, singing the first two of three scheduled performances; he canceled the third with pharyngitis suffered from vocal strain.

 

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3 Comments on "The Staged Opera Performances of Andrea Bocelli"

  1. Thanks for posting this and taking Bocelli seriously as an opera tenor, but you missed a few. Bocelli’s first opera performance was as MacDuff in Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Teatro Verdi, Pisa, Italy, in 1994. He has also performed in Mascagni’s “L’Amico Fritz” in the Verona Arena in 2001 and in “Cavalleria Rusticana” at the Teatro del Silenzio, Lajatico (fully staged opera production) in 2014 and in “Turandot” at the same venue in 2015. He has performed in concert versions of Cav at the San Antonio Opera House, Texas, in 2008 and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany in 2009, and of Madama Butterfly in Monaco in 2003.

  2. Since Bocelli has not done that many operas, why not list them all, David Salazar?
    I have been fortunate enough to see Bocelli in the fully staged Carmen, Romeo & Juliette, Cavalleria Rusticana and Turandot. All splendid performances handled with great skill by him, especially Turandot.

  3. I have friends who attended L’AMICO FRITZ (Mascagni)
    January 19, 21, 23, 2001, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona

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