May 22, 2017
By Hannah Shih | November 29, 2016 | Culture
Legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli—with guest star Katharine McPhee—serenades Austin this season.
The best-selling classical solo artist of all time, Italian singer Andrea Bocelli has enchanted international audiences, from popes to presidents. The 58-year-old tenor chose Austin as one of seven stops in a special concert series featuring arias, crossover hits, and selections from his 15th studio album, Cinema, which includes songs from legendary films. Austin Way spoke with the famous tenor about the show, which will feature duets with special guest Katharine McPhee.
ON CINEMA: After studying classic film songs, he built his own interpretation of each “so as to not betray the songs, but to restore their freshness through new orchestrations.”
TRANSLATION: Bocelli, who freely shifts between five languages, gravitates toward the one that has the “different expressive nuances and musicality” that fits the arrangement of a particular song.
DREAM DUET: “Katharine McPhee is an extraordinary and eclectic talent, a force of nature with exceptional vocal and acting skills,” he says.
A HIGH NOTE: “I have lived the whole of my existence paying tribute, through singing, to the power of love and thus to life, which is the greatest of gifts. Love is the fire, the engine of the world: without it life would not make sense.” 7:30 p.m., December 8, Frank Erwin Center, 701 Red River St., 512-471-7744
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ANDREA BOCELLI