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2001 
 
2001: Messa da Requiem, January 28, 27
2001 USA Tour, March 22 - April 6
2001: concert in occasion of the reopening of the tower, Pisa. June 17 
2001: 2 concerts in London and Dublin, July 21/22
2001: USA Tour, November/December
Boston, 1. 4. 2001, Thanks to Mary-Ann
Gasdia , Bocelli, Rota
 
North America Springtour -  March 22 till April 6, 2001
Poster Konzert Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, 24. 3. 2001
Fort Lauderdale, 22. 3. 2001, Thanks to Gloria March 22, 2001 
National Car Rental Arena
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Fort Lauderdale, 22. 3. 2001, Thanks to Astrid

 

concert reports
from 
Il Messaggero
(scroll down)
 
 
 March 24, 2001 
Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay
fan report at 

March 25, 2001
Union Center
Philadelphia, PA
 
After the concert receiving 
a replica of the Liberty Bell 
at the NIAF Reception
Philadelphia, 25. 3. 2001, Thanks to Astrid
Philadelphia, 25. 3. 2001, Thanks to Astrid Philadelphia, 25. 3. 2001, Thanks to Astrid
March 28, 2001 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
March 30, 2001
 
East Rutherford, New Jersey
 
After the concert the actors from 
"The Sopranos" meet him

 

Boston, 1. 4. 2001, Thanks to Mary-Ann April 1, 2001

Fleet Center, Boston, MA

Boston, 1. 4. 2001, Thanks to Mary-Ann

 

 
 
 
Boston Globe
by Richard Dyer
(scroll down)

 

Hartford, 1. 4. 2001, thanks to MamaLisa

April 1, 2001

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT

 

April 6, 2001
 
Air Canada Center,
Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

Tourprogram
Programm der Frühjahrstournee 2001, Amerika Programm der Frühjahrstournee 2001, Amerika Programm der Frühjahrstournee 2001, Amerika
Boston Globe, April 3, 2001 (excerpt)
 
MUSIC REVIEW

Emotions run high for Bocelli, his fans
 
By Richard Dyer, Globe Staff
 
After most of the singing was done, Andrea Bocelli spoke. Facing the thousands of fans in the FleetCenter, the Italian tenor said, ''I don't know whether I have English enough to say this. But when I feel all this, your love, it is a big emotion for me.''
The audience was feeling big emotions too, as Bocelli sang a program of opera arias and duets with soprano Cecilia Gasdia, Neapolitan songs, and, at encore time, two of his pop hits.
The tenor has been fighting a cold, and departed extensively from the printed program, but through the pitiless microsope of ferocious amplification his voice sounded in great shape, and he sang his heart out.
Bocelli is the tenor opera snobs love to hate, but the opera snobs are wrong. It is true that he uses a microphone when he performs in arenas, but so do other leading singers. It is also true that the microphone permits him to sing arias from operas he wouldn't dare perform in an unamplified theater, but he is hardly the first singer to do that. The microphone loves Bocelli's voice, but it cannot invent his musicianship, his diction, his phrasing and breath control, his identification with the material, and his emotion.
 
(...)

 

Il Messaggero, March 24, 2001 (excerpt)
 
The two singers perform for 13,000 fans.A great success based on the arias of Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni and Neopolitan songs.
 
Bocelli and Gasdia in song at Miami
 
From our special correspondent: Paolo Saccagnini
 
MIAMI: As predicted, the Italian "bel canto" delivers. 
(...)
 "Here the people aren't like those in Italy – they come to enjoy themselves," said an emotional Bocelli after the concert, and certainly Thursday evening there was much excitement.
 
Accompanied by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Turinese maestro Marcello Rota, which performed the overture from Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Bocelli immediately began with "Di quella pira" from Verdi's Trovatore, followed by "La mia letizia infondere" from I Lombardi, "Tra voi, belle" from Puccini's Manon Lescaut (...), moving on to the wonderful Gasdia with "Vissi d'arte," from Puccini's Tosca, and then, with Bocelli, to the first duet from Tosca followed by that from Boheme.(...)
 
A well earned success then, for Gasdia and Bocelli, who, he admitted happily, already has three new albums ready. The Requiem by Verdi, which will be released in the United States within a week, the Tosca conducted by Zubin Mehta, and one of old arias, among these the Concerto di Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel who, for the occasion, has started to play the violin again. (...)
 
Translation: M. Morgan
(…)
Excerpt from Associated Press, March 21 2001

Andrea Bocelli Set To Tour U.S.  
 
by RONALD BLUM, Associated Press Writer
 
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrea Bocelli has heard the criticism from the classical music press, which mostly concludes his voice is small, technique limited and recordings undistinguished.
He doesn't care. He's the best-selling classical artist in the world.
"I prefer when somebody tells nice things about me,'' he said. "When a tenor becomes very famous, there is this problem. At the beginning, I was a little disappointed. But now I'm used to it. I read everything because I'm curious. But when I'm home, I enjoy a nice bottle of wine and it's finished.''
(…)
Bocelli, 42, has just recorded "Tosca'' with soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, baritone Carlo Guelfi and conductor Zubin Mehta; and in May he is to record Verdi's "Il Trovatore"
(…)
His tour takes him to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; East Rutherford, N.J.; Boston; Hartford, Conn.; and Toronto.
But he has not sung at Milan's La Scala, London's Royal Opera, the Paris Opera, the Vienna State Opera or New York's Metropolitan Opera, the stages where singers have made their places in history.
"For me it is very dangerous,'' he said. "Every newspaper will be there. Every television (network) will be there. Every mass media will be there. I don't want at this moment to risk too much. I say, why not? But now, my first goal is to leave the highest number of recordings.''
(…)
"I try to do the things where I feel the biggest emotions for me,'' he said. "It's very important to feel inside myself emotions. If I don't feel emotions, it's very difficult to transmit to the audience.''
Excerpt from South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 17, 2001

 

Tony tenor Bocelli at top of opera world

 

by Lawrence A. Johnson

It is a paradox worth savoring. Andrea Bocelli reigns as the world's favorite opera singer, despite the fact that he rarely sings in an opera house.

In just a few years, the Italian tenor has become an international star and recording sensation, eclipsing even his mentor Luciano Pavarotti.

The scarily popular Bocelli, whose concerts routinely sell out airplane-hangar-sized venues, will kick off his latest North American tour March 22 at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Fla. He comes to Philadelphia March 25 for a benefit performance.

His recent disc of Verdi arias made it onto the pop charts, selling a remarkable 557,000 units. Bocelli's first complete opera recording, of "La Boheme," has sold 37,000 copies - chicken feed in the pop world, but a megahit in opera sales - making it the all-time best-selling set of Puccini's opera. To date, Bocelli has sold a stunning 7.7 million recordings.

It's heady stuff for the blind son of a small-vineyard owner from rural Tuscany. Yet at age 42, Bocelli admits to still feeling uncomfortable onstage. "I have always had stage fright," he says. "But now it's getting worse."

One would think that with increasing concerts and exposure, Bocelli would be feeling more relaxed and that being onstage would be easier. "No, absolutely no, because there are increasing responsibilities," Bocelli says, on the phone from Italy. "The audience has many expectations. It's very hard."

Surprisingly, the tenor finds staged opera - rife with obvious difficulties for a sightless singer - less difficult. "Opera is actually better because we have costumes and there are other singers with us. You can move yourself around more. It's not the same thing.

"Before, nobody knew me. Now it's difficult because I am always under examination. I try to do my best always, but this [constant attention] makes me nervous.

"But that is my destiny. This is my work."

(…)

Despite the fame, riches and international adulation that are his, Bocelli remains restless, constantly seeking to improve his singing and performances. That progress can be charted in his recordings, where his dedication and determination have made each set more convincing.

"The most important goal for me is to improve myself," Bocelli says. "I can say that today I sing better than yesterday. And tomorrow I want to sing better than today. That's all."
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