Andrea Bocelli might just be the most famous classical singer in the world. The Italian tenor has won countless awards in several countries and has been nominated for three Grammys. His music transcends continents, and he’s sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. His most ubiquitous single, “Con te partirò,” alone sold more than 12 million copies. So if you haven’t heard of him, don’t worry, you’ve certainly heard his music. And this month you can hear him live when he performs at the Toyota Center Dec. 11.
Believe it or not, Bocelli actually started his musical career playing at local tavernas to make extra money while in law school. During this time, the charming romantic recalls that he “fell, even though for only a short period, deeply in love” with several lucky ladies. His music has always made women swoon, but when other patrons began to complain that his selections were too classical, he had to quickly adapt. “I discovered pop too has its own masterpieces.”
Today, he’s become a virtuoso who can effortlessly bridge the divide between Italian opera—Puccini, Mascagni and Verdi are among his favorites—and other genres. He’s performed with Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Céline Dion—who said he had a voice from heaven. He’s even recorded a duet with pop sensation Ariana Grande. And Texans take pride: He also enjoys country music. Ronnie Dunn is a good friend, and he thinks Reba McEntire is “extraordinary.”
For his Houston concert, he sings a mix of Italian opera and pop classics. And with the holidays being so near, he plans to spread plenty of cheer. Now, we’ve just got to get the Tuscan some cowboy boots! Tickets from $75