LOS ANGELES — He is the timeless, global sound of classical opera music.
Italian icon Andrea Bocelli continues to draw massive audiences around the world, and fans in California are no exception.
After a successful performance singing for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee on June 4, Bocelli is gearing up for three consecutive California concerts.
The first is in San Diego at the Pechanga Arena on Wednesday, followed by a performance at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday. He then heads north to San Jose for a performance on Saturday at the SAP Center.
Bocelli, known for his powerful vibrato and heartfelt faith, was key in uplifting the global community during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an unforgettable performance at the Duomo of Milan, where he sang for a digital audience in front of the vacated, landmark cathedral on Easter In 2020. The classical performance, entitled “Music for Hope,” continues to be known as one of the biggest musical live stream events of all time, garnering more than 28 million views on YouTube within its first 24 hours.
While Bocelli has achieved great accolades on and off the stage, acquiring six Grammy nominations and six Latin Grammy nominations, many are not aware that his exceptional musical strength does not come without its challenges. The artist, who has performed for presidents, popes and royals, is fully blind. He lost his sight at age 12 due to congenital glaucoma and a head injury from a soccer game.
But the passionate tenor artist did not let the physical hurdle limit him. In fact, it has layered his music with gratitude, faith, and perspective — a soulful Italian expression that has touched his millions of fans around the world.
His latest album “Believe” is a reflection of his celebration music as a means for both hope and spiritual growth and includes his own renditions of “Hallelujah” and “Amazing Grace.”
The 63-year-old artist has sold more than 90 million records and does not plan on stopping anytime soon. After his California shows, Bocelli heads to Austin, Texas, for his next performance. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.