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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004X16D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
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1. Il Trovatore: Di quella pira (Il Trovatore)
2. Il Trovatore: Ah si, ben mio (Il trovatore)
3. Rigoletto: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto)
4. Un Ballo in Maschera: Di'tu se fedele (Un ballo in maschera)
5. Un Ballo in Maschera: Ma se m'e forza perditi (Un ballo in maschera)
6. Rigoletto: Ella mi fu rapita (Rigoletto)
7. Rigoletto: Possente amor mi chiama (Rigoletto)
8. Aida: Celeste Aida (Aida)
9. La Traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti (La traviata)
10. La Traviata: oh mio rimorso (La traviata)
11. I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere vorrei (I lombardi)
12. Ernani: Merce, diletti amici (Ernani)
13. Don Carlo: Io la vidi e il suo sorriso (Don Carlo)
14. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido (Luisa Miller)
15. La forza del destino: La vita e inferno all'infelice (La forza del destino)

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Repackaged in Australia to celebrate his first Aussie tour & his performance at the Olympic torch ceremony. Packaged as an individual gold CD in a gold slipcase with Andrea's signature. Supported by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bocelli fans will find much to admire in this collection of some of the best-known and best-loved tenor arias from the Verdi canon. He brings his trademark sense of bravura and showmanship to the more aggressive numbers--impossibly endless top notes in "Di quella pira" and "La donna è mobile" for example, and awe-inspiring high pianissimos in "Celeste Aida". And, as on his other recordings, the microphone clearly captures something indefinably engaging about his voice--a sense of vulnerability, perhaps, or maybe simply it's the pleasure he clearly brings to each number. He is also ably accompanied by Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. If his phrasing is sometimes a little four-square, or his sense of characterisation a little formulaic, or the tone not always as rounded as one might wish, perhaps that's not the point of this recording. If Bocelli can use his huge popularity to introduce some of these arias to new audiences then he is doing a great service. --Warwick Thompson

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While many complain about him having a "small voice", having only a "pop voice" then rattling off one legendary operatic name after the other, then talking about "could not sing without a microphone" (as if the general masses even care)... it's all totally pointless and wasted energy when all is said and done.
Bocelli's recordings of opera aren't meant in any way to compete with the greats of the past or present. They are meant more for people who are NOT hardcore opera afficionados (the opera buffs don't seem to understand that real, true opera singing isn't really embraced by the majority of people because it's highly specialized). But in Bocelli, they've found a certain sound and style that's at once serious-minded, artistic but above all personaly relateable... So you could throw all the marketing in the world to Licitra, Alvarez, Cura and others but they don't have what it takes to captivate the masses and keep them captivated like Bocelli has. The greats have already made thier interpretations, performed and recorded them. They've had thier musical say... Now it would be pointless to simply retread on the strengths of the legends and make it a contest of outdoing them.
Having said all that, Bocelli is inconsistant on this recording... Roughly the first half of the CD seems a bit cold and unimaginative. And by unimaginative I don't mean only in singing itself but lack of acting with the voice as well. Only on "Possente Amor..." does Bocelli finally enter a type of lively, musical characterization different from the previous tracks and he breathes some life into his interpretation (though the final high note sounds out of place in this piece).
From there, things really improve and Bocelli starts to near an ideal for his strengths.
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Why someone with a tiny, weak, geriatric-sounding voice would even attempt to record Verdi's great tenor arias is beyond me. Bocelli has a voice suited for pop, not opera. His fans should not be saying that his renditions of these arias are the best ever made. Listening to this recording, you get the feeling that he is pushing for volume. Even though his voice is highly amplified by the microphones, he still sounds small-voiced. His singing has the same gray tone and very little emotion. Some of the arias are way too ambitious for his voice. They are for spintos like Domingo and Corelli. You really need to have the heavy-duty vocal equipment to sing those big, demanding arias. Also, why is he singing "Mercè, diletti amici" from "Ernani". That is a soprano aria with difficult coloratura (I may be wrong. There may be two versions of this "Ernani" aria). If he is going to sing arias, he should at least stick to singing tenor arias. This album is a real shame. Just goes to show how much the classical music industry has deteriorated and how its artistic standards are now second to the bottom line.
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Dear Roberto Gonzales,
I understand your expressive hatred for Andrea Bocelli in the reviews you wrote for this album and for the "Romanza" CD, yet both were embarassingly hurtful to me. I am a HUGE Andrea Bocelli fan and don't like it when I have to give up what I love most for something that doesn't interest me a Mew's tail. I read your "Romanza" review and the part about Andrea sounding like a constipated goat angered the hell out of me. On the other hand, I see you LOVE Sarah Brightman--now, don't get me wrong, so do I, and I no longer have anything against her. It's just that while Sarah B has been working longer than Andrea has, Bocelli has received three Grammy nominations and has sold some 40 million albums, compared to Sarah's one Grammy nomination and about 15 million CDs sold to date, and that Andrea has done something that got him to where he is now, not because of his blindness. To his fans (and me) it was just a matter of sincere vocal quality, to people like you it's just a matter of "being blind." This whole matter is like comparing the Backstreet Boys to N Sync: the BSB have sold more records than N Sync yet the latter appeared to have shattered the former's record and are said to be "better" than BSB. Confusion. Who's the better group? Neither, in my book.
So, Mr. Gonzales, I'm not forcing you to like Bocelli, you have the right to your own opinion, fine. But if people like us want to continue to like Bocelli for what he is in OUR opinion, we will.
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Bocelli will never be understood by Phillistine "opera purists," because his art exposes the emptiness of their elitist posturing. Mocking the arid contortions of the elitists -- whose only interest in opera is to prove themselves superior to other human beings -- Bocelli's gorgeous voice exhibits a startling level of intimacy that lays bare every corner of the human heart. Other singers (such as Gedda, Domingo, Bjoerling, etc.), hide behind "technique," "intelligence," and "historical sensitivity." By contrast, Bocelli knows but one thing: BEAUTY, which he reveals with shattering and unequalled intensity. To hear his rendition of the Verdi classics is to peel back the detritus of centuries, letting the inimitable beauty of the music speak for itself. Anyone who doesn't surrender to that overwhelming outburst of expressiveness is hiding behind a wall of inhumanity. For us moderns, only Bocelli truly unites beauty, truth, and feeling into an inexpressible whole. Buy this album. It will change your life, and it will reveal the perfect synonymy between your innermost feelings and true beauty.
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