Andrea Bocelli plays flute in masked orchestra

Andrea Bocelli plays flute in masked orchestra


norman lebrecht

January 03, 2021

The tenor, 62, performed on Christmas Day at Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi.

In the middle of the aria Dolce è Sentire, he took up the flute and played a fine solo.

This may have been the busiest festive season of his life.



  • It’s smart to have something to fall back on in case the singing career doesn’t work out.

  • Cristina G. says:

    An impressive career! And that flute solo what a great surprise.
    Well done!

  • Cristina says:

    Muy favorite , my LOVE, ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Miko says:

    A masked, regularly tested and spaced orchestra (wind and perc using screens) is one that is taking care of its musicians.
    In the United Kingdom, only the LSO is adhering to that principle.
    With your keen interest in influencing the music world, Norman, perhaps you might like to turn your inquisitive gaze on the risks being taken by many British ensembles (no masks and no testing), and why exactly those risks are being taken. Who is “influencing” those decisions on behalf of musicians’ welfare, and why?
    Why the resistance to take all “reasonable steps to protect employees”, as stipulated by health and safety law?

    With the correct mitigations, the LSO enables a fuller ensemble spaced at 1.5m, thus employing more musicians per program in well ventilated spaces.
    Which bodies are gambling with the welfare and future of British musicians by adopting fewer measures?

    • Mandy Mozzarella says:

      Masked and distanced orchestra is depressing and worthless. The risks to most are grossly exaggerated, and the manner in which orchestras have acquiesced to health bureaucrats telling them they can’t do their art is shameful.

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    He was seen playing the guitar the other day. He’s very talented

  • Phillip Ayling says:

    Bocelli is aa amazing talent.

  • Bloom says:

    He ‘d better apply himself to playing the flute. Because his voice is a scandalous ruin. It is noticeable especially in the operatic parts.

  • Joao says:

    Great tone on the flute!

  • BruceB says:

    His flute playing actually sounds quite good.

  • Annmaria says:

    Beautiful ❤️❤️

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    The level of jealousy and vitriol among S.D. readers is just astonishing.

  • Barbara says:

    Lovely setting too, in Assisi