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Andrea Bocelli - The Opera Album ~ Aria
Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli - The Opera Album ~ Aria
Genres: Pop, Classical
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1

Exclusive Australian Gold pressing released to coincide with his first public appearance in Australia. He'll be performing at the opening ceremonies and then onto to tour the land down under. His back catalogue will be rel...  more »


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All Artists: Andrea Bocelli
Title: Andrea Bocelli - The Opera Album ~ Aria
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 10
Label: Philips
Original Release Date: 4/7/1998
Release Date: 4/7/1998
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 028946203323, 028947572954, 0602577781421, 766486310025


Album Description
Exclusive Australian Gold pressing released to coincide with his first public appearance in Australia. He'll be performing at the opening ceremonies and then onto to tour the land down under. His back catalogue will be released & re-packaged in slipcases with his signature on them as well as all of them pressed on gold plated CD's. This pressing includes 17 tracks, all sung in his native Italian Tongue. 1998 release. Standard jewel case.

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Music must move us. As this excellent tenor shows.
Sen Peng Eu | Kaohsiung, Taiwan | 01/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recently read some reviews from several magazines, all discuss the sound and the unpure identity in classic music of Bocelli. They illustrate and compare the aria sung here by Bocelli with other versions sung by other new tenors (I don't want to recite the list here, since I intent not to offend their fans), And their conclusions are almost the same: Bocelli is a crossover singer, and that's all. Yes, Bocelli's sound has many(?) flaws, as some critics says or showes. But he can move me! That's most important, isn't it? I listened classic music a lot, many so-called CDs sung by new-stars had me listened for once or twice, then were put it aside. They can not move me. But Bocelli seems always sings from his heart, without over-calculated interpretation or fastidious beautiful voice maintained, as many new singers do. For the tenors recommended by those magazines, indeed they have "purer" or "cleaner" voice than Bocelli, but it sounds that they have only sweet sound. Sing on, Bocelli."
A fantastic voice for the new century
Andre | Twin Cities, MN | 01/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Pay attention carefully to what me and the guy below me (John) say. You also may want to take a look at the other reviews and note their criticisms. I will start off by saying that I had no knowledge of Andrea Bocelli before his debut on PBS a couple years ago. I don't know if he did pop music before he worked in classical and operatic music. But to me, it doesn't matter if people say he's done a "cross-over," because I hear him for what he brings to these arias. Sure he may be new at this to everyone else, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to sing arias. They aren't like pop songs that you just sing the notes and words. I hear much emotion and expression in these arias as he sings. The most spectacular thing about him though is his VOICE. I haven't heard a purer, sweeter, more versatile voice with such control since the early days of dear Luciano Pavarotti. I'm sorry, but I personally cannot stand to hear the nasal voice that many tenors possess. If it's not nasal, then it's whiney. But with Andrea, it is exactly what I consider to be "beautiful." He sings each aria with all the gusto and spunk that they need, yet caresses every note with his silky chords. I hope he continues to pursue work in this area, as we do not have what I consider to be good tenors around. Pavarotti is well past his prime, so someone needs to take his place. I see that it could be Andrea Bocelli. Some of the other reviewers are harsh on Bocelli, saying he's just a pop singer that wants to be an opera star. Even the critic at the top, Sarah Bryan Miller, says he's a wannabe, and that he wouldn't be able to sing over a medium sized orchestra without any amplification. I beg to differ. His voice is very strong, even for his age. It takes many years of singing to get the vocal chords to be the usual strength that we're used to hearing in opera. He still has time. For now though, if you like to hear a "true" tenor sound (even though he has some fantastic baritone notes), I would definitely get this CD. He is unlike any others since Pavarotti, and he's probably better than Pavarotti was. Take it for what it's worth to you, and I won't tell you that you eat whitebread and twinkies either."
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thanks to Rick Holden ( for showing Ms Miller how to write a proper review. Having listened to the album myself I can only agree whole heartedly with his comments. Unfortunately there are too many critics out there who try to analyse music note by note and impress us with their technical jargon. The joy of music is all about liking what you hear, and whether or not the music moves you. How can anyone enjoy listening if they're listening for flaws or mistakes instead of enjoying what they hear. Perhaps Andrea Bocelli isn't the greatest Opera singer, I don't know, but I can say that he has one of the most wonderfully melodic voices I have ever heard and he sings like a man who is enjoying every note he delivers. His background or his potential for the future don't bother me, he is the man of the moment, and that's all that matters. I recently watched a video performance of his 'Evening in Tuscany' which I would reccommend to all fans. Maybe Andrea will never be a great Opera singer, but who cares? He can move audiences without all the fancy dress. VIVA ANDREA!"