"One only sees well with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1958 - 1991    1992 - 1994    1995 - 1997     1998   1999    2000    2001    2002   2003    2004   2005    2006    2007    2008   2009   2010   2011    2012    2013    2014   2015
2016 - 2018    2019 - 2021
At the 42 Grammy award on February 23 in Los Angeles he is nominated twice: as "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" (winner: Sting) and as "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals" (winner: Santana)
On March 6 he is appointed President of the
 Istituto Musicale Boccherini in Lucca.
Concert in Dallas - April 10, 2000 - Thanks to Mickie
March 31 the first part of his World Tour 2000 begins with
 8 concerts in the USA, ending April 12 in Houston.
Munich (Germany), April 24, 2000 - rehearsal  - private picture (c)
During a series of extraordinary concerts (April 24, Munich with Maestro Lorin Maazel; April 29, San Giovanni Rotondo with Maestro Carlo Bernini in honor of the blessed Padre Pio; May 1, Rome on the occasion of Labor Day in front of the Pope and over 400,000 spectators; and on May 5 in Paris beneath the Eiffel Tower with Maestro Seiji Ozawa) he must bear the loss of one of the most important persons in his life, 
his father Sandro, who died on April 30.
La mia musica, Ullstein Verlag, Germany
In May, British Classic FM listeners voted his Sacred Arias album of the year and the German version of his book is released: "La mia musica".
From May 12 to May 17  he continues his World Tour 2000 giving four concerts in Japan and Korea under direction of Maestro Chung.
Concert in Suwon (Korea) - May 17, 2000 - from a private collection
April 2000 - Thanks to Francoise
In June his song

 Canto della terra 

is chosen by the British  BBC as the musical theme for the European football Championship,


at the end of which he participates in a spectacular concert with Valery Gergiev and Renèe Flemming on the river Maas in Rotterdam at July 1st.

In the RAI Studios he comments on the final between Italy - France with honest enthusiasm. To his great disappointment (not only his) Italy loses with 1:2  during the last minute
On July 6 he gives a concert
at the Statue of Liberty
in New York, in honor of all Italian immigrants,
under the direction of Steven Mercurio, and thus fulfills an old dream of
his father, who passed away in April.
Konzert an der Freiheitsstatue - 06.07.2000 - Danke an Laurie
Arena di Verona - Copyright On August 17 he sings in front of almost 10000 spectators the tenor's part in Verdi's Messa da Requiem under direction of Lorin Maazel in the Arena di Verona
Just two days later at a little private party he sings for the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who spends his holidays in Tuscany .
August 29 he has another audience with Pope John Paul II in occasion of a convention for  organ transplantation

In September his seventh album "Verdi" is released, and he presents it together with conductor Zubin Mehta in Florence

September 14, the evening before the opening of the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney, Australia in front of the opera house he is in between Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Olivia Newton-John one of the last torchbearers
He takes the occasion to visit the Italian athletes in the Olympic village
During these days he gives three highly acclaimed concerts in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne
In October the English version of his book: "The music of silence" is released,

he visits the Shroud of Turin

Andrea an der Reliefnachbildung des Grabtuches, Bild excl., thanks to V.B.

and on the 18th of this month he is invited to a reception on the occasion of the visit of the British Queen to Italy. 

At the annual NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) Gala of the Italian-Americans in Washington in the presence of US President Clinton on the 28th, he sings via satellite from Lucca, accompanied by the Youth Orchestra of the Boccherini-Institute. At the same time he is presented the award of Italian-American friendship .

In Germany he receives the Echo Klassik 2000 "Bestseller des Jahres" (Bestseller of the year) for Sacred Arias.

In November his first complete opera recording, Puccini's La Bohème is released

In Germany in December he receives the 

Goldene Europa for Classical Music  


Finally at the end of the year he can take some time for his familiy

At the end of the year he has the top three titles on the Top Classical Albums recap of the Billboard Music Magazine: Sacred Arias, Verdi and Aria- the Opera Album  
 This is another record for the Guiness Book of World Records.  
He is No. 1 Classical Artist, No. 2 World Music Artist
Sogno is  No.2 World Music Album 
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