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Bocelli brings his genre-bending talents to L.A.

30 May 2013 12:18 PM
Bocelli brings his genre-bending talents to L.A.

Few people so effortlessly blend the often competing worlds of pop and opera as Andrea Bocelli. The Italian native has spent the last two decades infusing popular music with the artistry and technical brilliance of opera and making arias sound as easy and accessible as chart-toppers. In the process, he has built a large international following that crosses generations, nationalities and musical preferences. When Bocelli comes to the Hollywood Bowl on June 8, he will no doubt be playing to a similarly diverse and unique audience.

How has Bocelli managed to bridge the seemingly uncrossable gap between pop and opera? In short, it is his ability to cross back and forth between genres without losing his essential qualities as a powerful singer and creative songsmith. In the same year, he has been able to put out record-breaking classical albums and beloved duets with the likes of Celine Dion and other pop legends. This has helped him reach new fans without losing touch with his classical roots. 

Bocelli's recordings have helped establish himself as one of the premier tenors of his generation, but his live performances are what have helped him become one of the most popular and consistently relevant singers in the world. 

Bocelli seems to have an instinctive understanding of what his fans want from him - and an ability to give it to them in spades. In his review of a recent Bocelli concert, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a music critic for The New York Times, remarked on the tenor's ability to captivate an audience that was comprised of such a wide range of fans.

"Mr. Bocelli filled the 13,200 seats available, and his devoted fans responded most warmly to the lighter fare of the second half of the program," she wrote. Balancing his set list between complex opera classics and the pop hits of his early career, Bocelli managed to keep everyone in the audience happy and cheering for more. 

This will likely be the case when Bocelli returns to Los Angeles and offers a one-of-a-kind concert that finds the perfect harmony between pop and opera.