Sacramento, this is your lucky month. In a tour that’s taking him to only two U.S. cities in June (the other is Hollywood), Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is coming to town. The international superstar will perform at Sleep Train Arena on June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
A crossover artist beloved by opera and non-opera fans alike, Bocelli is a handsome, soft-spoken man with one of the most powerful voices since Pavarotti. And, yes, he’s blind. But what don’t you know about the Tuscany-born Bocelli? Here are a few fun facts.
He trained to be a lawyer. Though he was already mimicking other singing greats at age 7 and won his first competition at 14 with “O Sole Mio,” Bocelli had a backup plan, receiving a law degree at the University of Pisa. He spent a year as a court-appointed lawyer before following his heart into music.
He straddles the fence. From the start of his recording career in the mid-’90s, Bocelli has sung both pop and opera, earning legions of fans in both camps. His breakout year, 1997, is a perfect case in point: After wooing the world with “Romanza,” a collection of unapologetically romantic pop tunes (including the sentimental “Time to Say Goodbye” (“Con Te Partirò”), a duet with Sarah Brightman), he quickly released “Viaggio Italiano,” on which he masterfully tackles such classic arias as “Nessun Dorma” and “La Donna è Mobile.”
There’s just something about him. Though Bocelli has suffered slings and arrows from some classical music critics through the years, his fans—including fellow musicians—put him at the top of the list. Producer David Foster and jazz singer Al Jarreau have called Bocelli’s voice the most beautiful in the world. For others, it’s a more emotional experience; Oprah Winfrey says Bocelli’s voice makes her cry.
True confession: It makes me cry, too.
Tickets are $75–$355. For tickets and more information, visit sleeptrainarena.com.