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Bocelli sang with local boys’ choir

Well-known Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli recently sang with the Norwegian boys’ choir Sølvguttene, and reportedly is keen to sing with them again. He’ll be back in Norway soon for one of the  biggest concerts ever to be mounted in the country.

Andrea Bocelli PHOTO: Stork Entertainment

Bocelli will begin a Scandinavian concert tour on April 8 in Norway. Newspaper Aftenposten claimed the Norwegian production will set a new local record, with 160 persons on stage and 19,000 seats in the audience at the new Telenor Arena at Fornebu, just west of Oslo. That’s where the Eurovision Song Contest will be held as well, in May.

Bocelli flew into Oslo for just a few hours earlier this month, to appear on the Skavlan talk show, and that’s when he first met Sølvguttene (The Silver Boys). The choir is among Norway’s most well-known, and attached to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), but Bocelli had never heard of them.

Then they sang together. “That was very, very nice,” Bocelli told Aftenposten afterwards. “Their voices are so precise. I will ask them if they’ll perform with me again. I’ll be back in Norway on April 8.”

Bocelli, age 51, is perhaps best known for his duets with, among others, Sarah Brightman. His record sales are approaching 70 million worldwide and he recently was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard.

The blind tenor said he will “sing the music of Grieg” at the concert in April, at which some ticket prices are set at more than NOK 3,000 (around USD 500). Told that was the highest price level ever for a concert in Norway, Bocelli apologized. “That’s all managed by the arrangers,” he said. “But I’m surprised that a production like this has never been held in Norway before.

“All I can bring with me, is my voice.”

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