Article • March 11, 2015

Frank Giordano, President of The Philly POPS, is proud to announce a landmark concert with Andrea Bocelli. For the first time in over a decade, Andrea Bocelli will return to Philadelphia as part of his December 2015 North American tour accompanied by The Philly Pops and conducted by Eugene Kohn.  Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley will be the special guest along with Soprano Aida Garifullina. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Bocelli brings his unmatched repertoire of soaring arias, famed love songs, and crossover hits to his Philadelphia fans who have waited for more than a decade for the Tenor’s return. The Philly POPS Subscribers and Patrons will receive special presale opportunities in March, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 30th. Special VIP packages will also be available through the Philly POPS.

Giordano said, “We are thrilled to be working with Bocelli, who is a legend in our time and the most beloved and acclaimed tenor in the world. There is no performer on his level and no other dedicated/stand-alone Pops orchestra in America that has the distinction of performing with him.”

“Bocelli’s vocal prowess in both sacred repertoire and popular ballads is undeniable. His powerful, heroic timbre, along with his range, profound control and commanding presence, makes for an overwhelming live experience,” raved the Orange County Register.

Bocelli recently was invited to Davos Switzerland during the World Economic Forum where he was honored with a coveted Crystal Award for helping improve the world through his music.  Bocelli received the award in recognition of the work his Andrea Bocelli Foundation is doing on behalf of research for the visually impaired and his foundation’s ongoing work in Haiti.  “I think that music gives us joy and serenity. And in a certain way it helps the world to be a better place,” said Bocelli about being recognized with this award.

Thrilling audiences for over 20 years, Andrea Bocelli exploded onto the world’s stage with his hit, “Con te Partiro” (and later it’s arrangement as a duet with Sarah Brightman with the title “Time To Say Goodbye”), and has since sold 80 million records and performed countless worldwide tours. Today, Bocelli is known for being one of the greatest singing talents in the world.

In 2013, Bocelli earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from The Conservatory of Music, Giacomo Puccini in La Spezia, Italy. Bocelli also released Love in Portofino in 2013, a CD/DVD compilation featuring his breathtaking performance in Portofino, Italy in August 2012. More recently, Bocelli has been nominated for two 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, including Latin Pop Album of the Year and Latin Pop Album Artist of the Year (Solo).