2003/1    2003/2    2003/3   2003/4  2003/5
2003/6    2003/7    2003/8   2003/9 
August 27, 2003
concert in Cairo
in a theater set up in the archeological zone
part of the presentations of the new Cairo International Song Festival

"mission of friendship"


Bocelli at the Pyramids, RAIdue, 18.9.03

  Maria Luigia Borsi 


Bocelli at the Pyramids, RAIdue, 18.9.03

Bocelli at the Pyramids, RAIdue, 18.9.03
Bocelli at the Pyramids, RAIdue, 18.9.03
violin: Ruth Rogers
 conductor: Marcello Rota
Orchestra of the opera of Cairo
Cairo, 27.8.03, TG1, Andrea und Marcello Rota
moving Fan report at

Cairo, 27.8.03, ägyptisches Fernsehen, Andrea und Mrs. Mubarak Bocelli at the Pyramids, RAIdue, 18.9.03
September 18, 2003
"Bocelli at the Pyramids"
on RAI due, Italian TV, transmission of the concert


(Short interview the day before the concert, shown at the begining of the broadcast):
Giancarlo Giannini: The most beloved Italian artist in the world, Andrea Bocelli, was in the country of the Nile for the first time for a concert that has become an event - both because of the great participation of the public and dignitaries, as well as for the choice of repertoire that ranges among some of the most famous operatic arias, ballads, and Neapolitan songs.
Andrea Bocelli: It might seem strange, but having traveled the world, Egypt remains one of the few places where I've never been, and where I've dreamed of coming since my school days - so I think that it's a unique influence.
GG: In the theater, clothed in the magical background of the Egyptian pyramids and the mythical Sphinx, there have been many concerts in the chronicles of music, from voices like that of Frank Sinatro to the baton of Riccardo Muti - and naturally the splendid investments of operas, beginning with Aida - which have acquired a different light in the shadow of the millenial history of the pyramids. The Tuscan tenor didn't want to miss an excursion to the fascinating world of ancient Egypt with a private visit to the famous archeological museum of Cairo.
AB: I was very lucky, because I had a guide who was a university professor of Egyptology, so it couldn't have happened better than this, and today I truly learned many things. I always try to add something new to the concerts. The new thing this time will be the duet from the third act of Aida, because here in Egypt it couldn't be anything but this.
(Aida duet)
(Toward the end of the concert):
GG: Once again the operatic arias, the ballads, interpreted by Andrea Bocelli, have accomplished the miracle of speaking to the heart of the people, extending a bridge of emotion between the cultures of very diverse countries.
AB: I think that every artist sends hidden messages this way that go directly to the heart of the people. I think that when you do this work with much passion and you also have a little fear, like I have, the affection is almost an automatic thing; it basically comes back to you.
(La vedova allegra duet)
(After the concert):
GG: The concert has finished in an embrace from the audience, and it asks for a last encore. Two songs that have enchanted the stages of the entire world.
AB: It will remain an extraordinary memory. But then, a career is one exam after another, one chain of exams that must be overcome every time. So how can one explain the feelings? There are no words, because this is a place that...whichever adjective we can find just isn't enough, because how do you describe it? You have to see it. In short, itspeaks for itself!
(La Preghiera)
Italian transcript: A. Eywo
Translation: M. Morgan