ANDREA CAPTURED THE HEART OF PUERTO RICO
As we entered the Coliseo PR Jose M. Agrelot, they served us champagne with
strawberries and that set the atmosphere for the entire night. Andrea was
only the second to perform in this spectacular Coliseum. We were told they
had spent millions in making sure this would be the place where Puerto
Ricans would come to watch top of the bill performers. The elegantly dressed
audience responded to the efforts of those who had this dream and Andrea
proved to the Puerto Ricans that he was such a performer.
Steven Mercurio walked out on stage
to open the concert with the Overture to La Forza del Destino. From
the way the audience responded to this piece we felt this concert would be
like no other! The excitement had begun. If we thought the crowd went wild
for Steven, it was nothing compared to the cheers that followed when he
walked Andrea out on stage. His presence, simply put, brought synergy.
His opening with Di Quella Pira was exactly what he
needed to do to get this audience on their feet. From there on, there was no
point of return. The powerful voice of Andrea filled every nook and cranny
of the building, aria after aria, duet after duet, song after song. No one
could escape the emotion he projected in each piece. The audience was in
total ecstasy all throughout the concert, demonstrating his affection at
each step of the concert. Andrea could do nothing but smile, smile, smile
with great humility, but an enormous satisfaction.
The soprano, Sandra Lopez, performing in her native Puerto Rico,
matched Andreaís voice in duets that brought the audience to their feet one
after the other, time after time. Sandra, as a good Latin, is very
expressive. We were pleased to see a beautiful rapport with Andrea who felt
extremely comfortable singing with her. There were exquisite exchanges
- Stevenís conducting was superb. The winning combination
with Andrea continues! It is so much fun to see him on that podium! He
brought a note of humor and entertainment interacting with the soprano while
she sang Les Filles De Cadiz. The public thoroughly enjoyed his
joyful approach to conducting, but when he directed the Philharmonic
Orchestra of Puerto Rico in the William Tell Overture, the
applause that came over the Coliseum was near deafening. He brought the
house down, like only he can do when he directs this piece.
This concert had all the ingredients for success. A brand new audience, a
brand new venue, an orchestra composed of native Puerto Ricans who followed
the expert conducting of Steven Mercurio to the letter, beautiful
songs from the new album, and an audience eager to see for the first time,
the Andrea Bocelli they began to love by listening to his recordings.
Andreaís performance was a dream come true for thousands. Andrea surpassed
their expectations. He made us feel as if this was the first concert we had
ever attended. Just the same he did to the Puerto Rican audience.
Puerto Rico will never be the same!
by Corina, Karen, Marisa, Nellie and Pat