Great Performances | Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
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The international superstar tenor lends his unique voice to a lush symphonic salute to the movies, Andrea Bocelli:Cinema, celebrating some of the greatest celluloid songs and scores of all time written by a varied range of Italian and Hollywood composers.  The concert special also reunites Bocelli with legendary music producer David Foster, whose first collaboration with the tenor was Foster’s own Academy Award-nominated song “The Prayer,” a duet with Celine Dion in 1999.

The songs in this new concert – many from Oscar-winning scores – are also featured on Bocelli’s new album Cinema which will be released globally on October 23 on Sugar Music/Universal Music Group and Verve Music Group in the USA.  These cinematic songs are etched in the culture and hearts of several generations including epic theme songs featured in films such as “Doctor Zhivago,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Il Postino,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and many more, as well as popular songs from stage musicals, immortalized by their film versions, such as “West Side Story” and “Evita.” As a special bonus, there’s a brand new song fashioned from the popular “Gladiator” score.

Hollywood luminaries John Travolta, Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw, and Andy Garcia join Bocelli onstage to speak about the films from which the songs derive.

The special airs on Great PerformancesFriday, November 27 at 9pm on WMHT TV as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Bocelli has said he believes film music is “an exceptional artistic treasure trove.” His legendary voice, backed by fresh arrangements, brings new life to some of the greatest musical masterpieces for film by legendary composers from Leonard Bernstein to Ennio Morricone.

Bocelli sings in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian) and, through the magic of digital wizardry, partners in a virtual duet with global superstar Ariana Grande on the heart wrenching duet “E più ti penso” from “Once Upon A Time in America”/ “Malena,” and in person with Nicole Scherzinger on the epic musical anthem “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from “Evita.”

Filmed at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on September 18, the broadcast is tentatively scheduled to include:


Maria from “West Side Story”                                                     

                Lyrics by Leonard Bernstein - Stephen Sondheim                                                             

                Music by Leonard Bernstein


Se from “Cinema Paradiso”          

                Music by Ennio Morricone - Andrea Morricone


Moon River from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”                                                               

                Lyrics by Johnny Mercer                                                              

                Music by Henry Mancini              


Cheek to Cheek duet with Veronica Berti from “Top Hat”                                                 

                Lyrics and Music by Irving Berlin

                Italian Lyrics by Andrea Bocelli


Be My Love from “The Toast of New Orleans”                                       

                Lyrics by Sammy Cahn                                                  

                Music by Nicholas Brodszky       



E più ti penso (virtual duet with Ariana Grande) from “Once Upon a Time in America”     

                Lyrics by Mogol - Tony Renis                                                      

                Music by Ennio Morricone


Brucia La Terra from “The Godfather”                                                    

                Lyrics by Kaballà                                                             

                Music by Giovanni “Nino” Rota                  


La Chanson De Lara from “Doctor Zhivago”                                          

                Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster                                                 

                Music by Maurice Jarre                                                                

                French Lyrics by Ithier Hubert  


Mi Mancherai from “Il Postino”                                                  

                Lyrics by Marco Marinangeli                                                      

                Music by Luis Bacalov - Riccardo Del Turco - Paolo Margheri       


Historia De Amor from “Love Story”                                                        

                Music by Francis Lai

                English Lyrics by Carl Sigman                                                    

                Spanish Lyrics by Marilena Amarai


Por Una Cabeza from “Scent of a Woman”                                                              

                Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera                                                             

                Music by Carlos Gardel                 


No Llores Por Mí Argentina duet with Nicole Scherzinger from “Evita”                     

                Lyrics and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Tim Rice                                                    

                Spanish Lyrics by Ignacio Artime - Jaime Azpilicuieta Perez                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The Music of the Night from “The Phantom of the Opera”                

                Lyrics by Charles Hart - Richard Stilgoe                                                 

                Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

L’amore È Una Cosa Meravigliosa from “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”            

                Lyrics and Music by Paul Webster - Sammy Fain                                                               

                Italian Lyrics by Alberto Curci                                                   


Sorridi Amore Vai from “La vita è bella” with The Adderley School for the Performing Arts Children's Choir                                                             

                Lyrics by Noa - Gil Dor                                                  

                Music by Nicola Piovani                                                               

                Italian Lyrics by Roberto Benigni                                                             


Nelle Tue Mani (Now We Are Free) from “Gladiator”                                                         

                Music by Lisa Germaine Gerrard - Klaus Badelt - Hans Florian Zimmer

                Italian adaptation by Matteo Curallo      


The concert was arranged for Bocelli’s extraordinary voice by musical director David Foster.  Bocelli’s prior Great Performances specials have consistently been some of PBS’ most popular concert performances, including Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park and Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino.

With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, the acclaimed singer has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His Central Park concert in 2011 joined the roster of the park’s legendary live performances. And he had the honor of performing live in front of three United States presidents, three popes, and royal families all over the world.