Author: Irena Komitova
It’s 2006 in Lajatico, Tuscany, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli. The municipal government decides to build an enormous amphitheatre for over 5 000 people (and today the seats are already 10 000) and the world-famous tenor commits to two things: to be the chairman of the Theatre and to sing there every year… for only one night. The remaining time there are no shows and all is reigned by silence.
“Teatro del Silenzio” (“Theatre of silence”) – put this name in your wish list. The 11th edition of the annual performance will be on July 30th and it’s called Le Cirque.
The history of this place is remarkable. The debut concert is in 2006 when Bocelli is on stage with the Italian Philharmonic orchestra under the direction of Marcello Rota. The second edition in 2007 becomes famous for the cancelled rehearsal due to the incredibly strong winds the previous day, as well as for the 14-time Grammy winner David Foster. It’s the absolute heyday for the saxophonist Kenny G, Bocelli performs “The Prayer” with Heather Headley and in the end of the show Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli literally
bring the audience to tears
with “Time to Say Goodbye”. Two years later here a guest is Plácido Domingo, with whom Bocelli performs “Nessum Dorma” from Puccini’s “Tosca”. Honoring the marvelous concert evenings the German sculptor Hans Peter Ditzler installs eight pieces around the Threatre, which are now among the hallmarks of the otherwise uniform, flat landscape of the place.
In the coming years along with Bocelli on stage come out Katherine Jenkins, José Carreras, Zucchero and many other jaw-dropping musicians. Gina Lollobrigida donates to Andrea Bocelli a bronze sculpture of himself a day before the concert in 2010. The format of the music evenings in Lajatico follows a tradition tested in time: half of the program is made up of pieces from favorite operas and the other half – of famous songs which prove that
the warm, expressive voice of Bocelli
is truly second to none.
So what is a more tempting reason to visit Tuscany this summer? Weave into your vacation the delight of a unique concert under the stars ( you can tell inspired and nostalgic stories about it even to your grandchildren), enjoying hours or even days around the masterpieces of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. You can casually and with no rush climb the steep streets of San Gimignano (the Town of Fine Towers, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Sitе), anticipating the divine view waiting atop of the hill; admire its many towers, churches and frescoes, restaurants and cafés; take a curious peek into the tiny shops full of uncanny craft items, tasting samples of truffle paste and olive oil at your heart’s desire…
Go to Pisa, admire the architecture of the leaning tower that took 199 years to build, taking photos like thousands of other tourists, “holding Pisa up” with their hand. Stay at Piazza del Campo in Siena and imagine what happens during the days of Palio – the world-famous race with 10 bareback horses which in less than 90 seconds make three rounds of the red-soiled square. Touch the daily life of the Bocelli family, visiting with them the vineyards and tasting their wine under the expert guidance of Andrea’s brother, Alberto. You can also get an invitation for
a gala evening with the maestro himself
which he traditionally gives for the sponsors of his foundation after the end of the concert.
For all this the Bocelli Farmhouse has personalized programs which it offers preferentially to the readers of PREMIUM Lifestyle. On their website www.bocellifarmhouse.com you’ll get inspiration and more ideas for your holiday in Tuscany, while the cheerful Tricia of Great Italy Tours (phone number: +39 346 071 2615) will help you create the program you’ve always wished for. You’ll probably ask her to include in your schedule a VIP tour if the landmarks of Florence – the Duomo cathedral, the Uffizi gallery, Ponte Vecchio over the Arno river, Piazza della Signoria with the statue of David – and she’ll do it. But beware – you might find that a few days are not enough, and that for the town of the Medici you need to dedicate… a lifetime.
From the Magazine07.03.2016
Under the Tuscan sun... with Andrea Bocelli
What’s coming up for Andrea Bocelli’s fans on July 30th in Lajatico, when the famous tenor will sing for them at Teatro del Silenzio?