New video: Bocelli invades Israeli wedding scene

New video: Bocelli invades Israeli wedding scene


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2014

The Italian tenor’s torch song ‘Con te partiro’ fits – well, almost fits – the words of the Jewish wedding ceremony. And the chief rabbi doesn’t seem to mind.

But we do. Oh, how we do.


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  • m2n2k says:

    What is so horrible about it? The singer at the wedding actually sounds much more expressive that the sweet-voiced AB.

  • Rodney Greenberg says:

    It’s in the Hollywood tradition of legendary Jewish movie moguls: Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, the four Warner brothers. All six were born in Eastern Europe. They all wound up in Los Angeles within 15 miles of each other – the royal families of California. Their studios created stupendous film versions of Broadway musicals whose production values are exactly mirrored in this spectacular wedding display, right down to the spotlit far-off musicians and smiling boys’ chorus. Their taste was often more questionable, and their effects more gaudy, than seen here.

    It’s all been done with a lot of rehearsal, a lot of love, sincere intent, and no expense spared. Congratulations to the happy couple and to all who devised their special day. Whether the video makes you cringe or warms your heart, it’s worth remembering that not all Jewish weddings are like this.

    • Fatima Baeta says:

      I just now viewed the video. It was wonderful. I saw SOoooo much love in the bride, and grooms eyes. I have watched it three times.
      What I’m trying to figure out is, her mothers expression. The father smiled once, at someone attending. There was no warmth in their eyes. What gives?
      May the bride, and groom be happy, and may their love continue to grow.

  • Fatima Baeta says:

    Oops! meant to add. The Cantor was Fantastic!!