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Andrea Bocelli at Mandalay Bay

Dec 24, 2001 1:28 AM

Ring in the New Year with the most celebrated voice in classical music ”” Andrea Bocelli, performing with The Las Vegas Philharmonic. This once-in-a-lifetime performance is scheduled for Saturday in the Mandalay Bay Events Center. For ticket information, call (702) 632-7777 or (702) 474-4000.

Bocelli performed before a sold-out house at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in April 2001 as part of the resort’s second anniversary celebration. His return performance on New Year’s weekend will be in support of his highly anticipated album release in October.

By all accounts, Andrea Bocelli possesses a truly remarkable voice and a truly remarkable story. A voice as palpably powerful, as it is almost ethereal. Not simply an extraordinary voice which displays such power and fragility, but a potent instrument of emotion and sensitivity which touches the heart, like music itself.

Bocelli’s voice has made him an international phenomenon. With his international debut album, “Romanza,” featuring the popular single “Con te partiro,” an inspirational duet with Sarah Brightman, touched hearts unfamiliar with the Italian language. In 1998, the album “Aria” dominated the classical charts and faired extremely well on the pop album charts.

Maestro Bocelli seduced millions of willing music lovers around the world, topping international charts and amassing a multitude of platinum awards. However, the true measure of this phenomenon is the manner in which both man and voice reached out to break barriers of language and culture immaterial.