Watch now: The Bocelli Bartoli duet

They said it could never happen.

You see it here first.

He plays the piano. She seems happy, and a bit higher than mezzo.


photo: Luca Rossetti

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  • I suspect that recording is going to do Cecilia Bartoli some good, in terms of expanding her fan base and introducing her to a whole new crowd. It has the ingredients of a hit. Could be his biggest since Con Te Partiro.

    She does look happy. I have no reason to believe he is not a very nice guy, and he sure lives in a beautiful spot.

    More importantly, she sounds happy. She sings happy.

    • I too hope it becomes a big hit, Ms. V.!
      They both sing beautifully – this kind of song is in Bocelli’s wheelhouse (and he hits it out of the park) – and the superb Cecilia Bartoli is not only in gorgeous voice, she shows again what a great team player she is.
      And your description “happy” is right on.
      This is the kind of song that you would listen to after a particularly stressful day, with a chilled glass of prosecco in your hands.
      Bravi, Cecilia ed Andrea!

  • Soprano roles she has sung and recorded complete:

    Bellini Amina,
    Bellini Norma,
    Gluck Iphigénie,
    Händel Alcina,
    Händel Almirena,
    Händel Cleopatra,
    Händel Semele,
    Haydn Armida,
    Haydn Euridice,
    Mozart Despina,
    Mozart Elvira,
    Mozart Fiordiligi,
    Mozart Sifare,
    Mozart Susanna,
    Mozart Zerlina,
    Paisiello Nina,
    Rossini Adèle,
    Rossini Clarice and
    Rossini Elena.

  • I wouldn’t have seen this one coming from Bartoli, but she’s probably looking at the next stages in her career and sees an opening here.

    Let’s just hope Bocelli is done speaking out against lockdowns and other public health measures, as we saw earlier this year.

  • Her mezzo has always been of a lighter variety and she does not sing anything higher than G# here which has always been well within her range. He on the other hand sings a few notes here that are far below any “regular” tenor reach including low D all the way down in a true basso profondo territory. Not surprisingly, he still sounds “pop” and she still sounds “operatic”. Overall, pretty harmless little entertainment.

  • Bocelli is a pop singer who thinks he can sing opera. Bartoli is an opera singer who thinks she can sing pop.
    They’re both WRONG.

  • This is charming and pleasant enough . Its not a crime to bring pleasure to folks who like classical and light pop music combined. However, personally I find the song a bit boring and nothing really develops. Bartoli and Bocelli make it work through their understated performances.

    • That’s exactly what I think. It is not disagreeable but it is somehow disappointing. “Nothing really develops” nails it.

      My introduction to Bocelli was his album Romanza, from which I was charmed by Con Te Partiro, a terrific song (though RUINED by Sarah Brightman), and his duet Vivo Per Lei, recorded in that album with Giorgia. (Italian pop music is one of my guilty pleasures).

      As I said above, this has the potential to be a hit — the combination of the two is marketable and attention-gathering, and she is sensational in it.

      Hey, it’s lockdown in Italy. They are just trying to make a living! Along the way, I suspect they will give a lot of people some pleasure and they will do no harm.

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