Andrea Bocelli: This was my daughter’s debut

Andrea Bocelli: This was my daughter’s debut


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2020

The tenor has been talking about that multi-million Hallelujah hit that he sang with his eight year-old daughter, Virginia.

‘It was a true Christmas present that Virginia gifted to me. It was very emotional but there was no apprehension: I focused on the beauty and intimacy and I tried to convey the serenity, encouragement and reassurance to Virginia.

‘Although Virginia, was practically born and raised on stage and behind the scenes, this was her official debut.

‘No, she wasn’t nervous, she is a very determined child, and certainly her piano and dance studies have helped her understand when you need to give your all….’

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  • Player says:

    To ask if she was nervous is silly. Children do not get nervous to perform. Nerves don’t become an issue until self-consciousness sets in, at adolescence.

    • V. Lind says:

      Emphatically NOT true. I speak from experience.

      • Player says:

        Interesting to see how many downvotes I got for saying an eight-year-old doesn’t get nervous. It doesn’t take away from the loveliness of her performance to say that nerves don’t factor into it.

        V. Lind, I had the impression you were more of a writer, but if you were nervous to perform as a child, I accept that you may have been an anomaly. My personal experience as a musician includes having parents who were musicians (one of whom taught children), starting my instrument at age three, a career of 30+ years as a performer, having numerous nieces and nephews who have pursued or are pursuing careers in music, socializing almost exclusively with musicians since childhood, and marrying musicians twice.

        I have sat through more recitals given by children than I can count. Sometimes they’re good — even moving — and sometimes they’re not. When a child doesn’t perform well, it’s usually because he or she is not prepared, not focused, or both. I’ve simply never seen a child plagued by self-doubt, insecurity, or any of the other things that get in our way later on.

        Childhood is simple. Imagine if you could go back in time and experience the joy of singing with your dad. What could be easier or more beautiful? So downvote or be mad or whatever. It doesn’t bother me. I’m just saying how it is.

    • Sandra says:

      No she was not nervous at was really beautiful I loved it.

  • Bloom says:

    I hope she doesn’t get too “professional”. It would ruin her innocence.

  • Sarah says:

    She is a beautiful and talented young lady

  • Mary Bryant says:

    Until I saw the video of Andrea and his daughter, I had no idea who he was. Now I’m hooked on his singing. Beautiful!

  • Cody Palmer, Jr. says:

    A true Blessing. Always like Andrea but with Virgina took song to a special place. You have to be so proud. Assume mom was watching and added another dimension. Thank you for the gift.

  • Henry Thompson says:

    She was wonderful and very confident. I hope she follows her father’s footsteps.

  • Kitty Drew says:

    Sung so beautifully. Listened to it over and over again. Loved it.

  • Frances L Dunn says:

    She was wonderful. Loved it very much very much emotional for me. Had tears.

  • Linda Burns says:

    I think she is a very bright young lady,and sang beautiful with her daddy.

  • Tracy says:

    Absolutely beautiful ☺️

  • Thanking you and your family Sir.