Includes such arias as Questa o Quella from Rigoletto Verdi; Che Gelida Manina from La Boh+¨me Puccini; Recondita Armonia, E Lucevan le Stelle from Tosca Puccini; Addio, Fiorito Asil from Madama Butterfly Puccini; A Te, O Cara from I Puritani Bellini; Le Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jet+ªe from Carmen Bizet, and more.
Andrea Bocelli is no opera singer, but he shows far more potential in this album than does another pop-vocalist tenor-wannabe, Michael Bolton. For one thing, he can shake off the crooner mannerisms and really sing when performing music that calls for it. At his best, he has a rich, dark timbre and an easy, unforced top. At other times, however, the tone turns dry and thin and the high notes are constricted, the inconsistency suggesting a lack of technique. Never does one get the impression that he could be heard over a medium-sized orchestra without amplification. This isn't bad singing per se, but there is much better out there, readily available on disc. --Sarah Bryan Miller