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Bocelli squeezes in rare Sacramento date

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli comes to Sacramento for a June 10 concert at Sleep Train Arena.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli comes to Sacramento for a June 10 concert at Sleep Train Arena.

A matter of scheduling convenience brings renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli back to Sacramento for the first time in almost a decade for a June 10 concert at Sleep Train Arena.

Bocelli, who has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, squeezed the Sacramento date between performances at the Hollywood Bowl on June 7 and in Vancouver, B.C., on June 14. After his California and Canada shows, he returns home to his native Italy for more concerts.

“I do not like to travel over the ocean so many times a year,” Bocelli said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee. “Yet the only way I have to respond to the great affection shown to me everywhere is to get on a plane once again.”

Tickets ($81.25-$375.25) for the Sacramento show are still available via www.ticketmaster.com and the Sleep Train box office.

“I am delighted to perform in Sacramento,” Bocelli said. “It is a place where I have not been since 2006, so for almost a decade.”

For his upcoming Sacramento concert, “I will sing with a great orchestra,” he said. “Next to me, there will be important guests with whom I will share the stage, from the famous Cuban soprano Maria Aleida to the talented and beautiful violinist Caroline Campbell, and the famous flautist Andrea Griminelli, a former collaborator of Luciano Pavarotti.

“The repertoire will be, in large part, the one I have always performed, the one of the Italian tenor, for whom so many wonderful melodies have been composed,” he continued. “The first part will be devoted to an exclusively operatic repertoire, then there will be popular romanzas and songs that my public expects to hear from my voice.”

Bocelli also suggested his Sacramento audience might get a sneak peak of new music.

This past year has been especially busy and rewarding for Bocelli. He married his longtime manager, Veronica Berti. They have a 3-year-old daughter. In October, he released two albums simultaneously: “Opera: The Ultimate Collection” featuring beloved arias, and a full performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Manon Lescaut,” conducted by Placido Domingo.

Debbie Arrington: (916) 321-1075, @debarrington

ANDREA BOCELLI IN CONCERT

  • Where: Sleep Train Arena, 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento
  • When: 7:30 p.m. June 10
  • Tickets: $81.25-$375.25
  • Details: www.ticketmaster.com
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