Don't miss Andrea Bocelli's upcoming PBS concert. It's his best ever. And Portofino, a resort village located on the Italian Riviera, is spectacular. Bocelli sings 13 songs in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English, both on stage and at the water's edge. He's backed by the masterful Ensemble Symphony Orchestra conducted by Giacomo Loprieno.
Beautiful people in the crowd, tanned and fashionably dressed, include singer/songwriter Paul Anka and actor Sir Michael Caine.
Yet it is Bocelli's wondrous voice and brilliant musical accompaniments from pianist David Foster, trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Caroline Campbell that bring luster to the show. (Campbell, performing in a buttery yellow strapless gown, resembles an angel from a Raphael painting).
Duets with Brazilian songster "Sandy" and Helena Fischer, a German star, add to an elegant event.
Bocelli, who is married, also sings a duet with the stylish Veronica Berti, who is publicly known as the tenor's fiancee (Only in Italy, right?).
Each love song is a highlight, yet Bocelli breaks new ground with a rendition of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" that sends chills up the spine. Equally superb is Neil Diamond's "September Morn" which Bocelli sings in his native tongue to lyrics he wrote. He caps off a momentuous night with an acknowlegement to Paul Anka's greatest tune, singing a mesmerizing "My Way" in Italian.
All the love songs will soon be released on an album, Passione.