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10th September 2019, 01:44

Andrea Bocelli receives numerous standing ovations at captivating concert featuring local performers

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli received numerous standing ovations on Monday night during a captivating two hour concert at the Europa Point stadium.

The golden-voiced tenor was joined on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, widely regarded to be one of the world’s finest symphony orchestras, and conductor Marcello Rota. The 9000 in attendance enjoyed a repertoire that included powerful opera classics from Carmen and La Traviata, as well as catchy pop songs made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong.

At different times, the 60-year-old superstar was also accompanied by Italian special guests - soprano Alessandra Marianelli, pop singer Ilaria Della Bidia and flautist Andrea Griminelli - as well as singers from different local choirs (assembled specifically for this concert) and dancers Nicole Valverde and Jordan Bautista.

The event was part of the Government-funded celebrations in the build up to National Day. The Chief Minister took to the stage before the live music started to highlight that 2019 marks 50 years since the closure of the frontier. Fabian Picardo said Gibraltar would remember the friendship of those who helped the Rock in its time of need, but it would never forgive those who divided families in 1969.

Earlier, the high number of concert goers needing to move to the southernmost tip of the Rock had tested the system of buses and coaches put on by the Government, with the start time pushed back by 30 minutes to allow everybody time to get in and enjoy a memorable night of beautiful, world class live music.