Classical Music with William Price King -Andrea Bocelli – Part three – 2000 – 2010

classical music

Welcome to part three of the Andrea Bocelli story and last week we looked at his phenomenal rise to fame in the music industry. I will hand over to William Price King to take us into 2000 and beyond.


It is now the new millennium and the next decade was going to be equally as busy. Andrea Bocelli was the recipient of many music awards in the next ten years and it is clear to see the impact this still relatively young artist is making on the industry.

Andrea Bocelli was nominated and won so many awards in the decade that it would be impossible to mention all of them. I have included some highlights, but for the full list I do suggest you go to this link:

n 2000, Bocelli was nominated for two Grammy awards. His song, The Prayer,  was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His Sacred Arias album was voted album of the year by listeners of the Classic FM radio station in the UK.

Later in the year he received another Echo Klassik award for Bestseller of the year for Sacred Arias and he received the Goldene Europa for classical music in Germany.

At the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice he was recognized for having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Bocelli also spent a great deal of time in the studio in 2000 with his seventh album Verdi, released in September, and in November, his first complete opera recording, La Bohème.

He did not neglect his fans and he sang at the end of the UEFA European Football Championship. In July in the company of Valery Gergiev and Renée Fleming he performed at a concert on the River Maas in Rotterdam and also in that month, he recorded his third PBS special at the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

In 2001 Andrea received the Platinum Europe Award for one million sales of the album Cieli di Toscana, and at the Italian Music Awards he was given a special award from the Federation of the Italian Music industry for his merits as an Ambassador of Italian music in the world.

Ciele di Toscana which was released in the October spent two weeks at number 3 in the UK albums chart; the highest chart position ever for a foreign language pop album. It also reached number 5 in over ten other countries. Here is a track from the album.

In Melodramma, Bocelli uses his operatic skills sparingly, just enough to secure his sense of pitch and tone. His voice is pure and his interpretation is very pop oriented and unpretentious – a pleasure to the ear.

In February, 2002, he received a Goldene Kamera award in the Music & Entertainment category in Berlin and went on to receive two World Music Awards in Monte Carlo: World best selling classical artist and Best selling Italian artist. In May, Bocelli received a Telegatto Italian Television award for the soundtrack of the series Cuore and the 2002 Classical BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

On 5th November 2002, Bocelli released his ninth album Sentimento which sold an astonishing two million copies in just forty days. The album was conducted by Lorin Maazel with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andrea received two Classical Brit Awards at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 2003 for Best selling classical album and Album of the year.

Here is a track from the album… La Danza by Rossini

Bocelli’s approach to Rossini’s La Danza is in line with operatic tradition. His voice is full of ‘appeal’ and has matured beautifully with a rich and intense timbre. He performs this vigorous and intense aria with assurance. He is certainly in his element.

Not all his awards were from the music industry and he must have been delighted to have a section of the beach in Jesolo, on the Italian Adriatic coast named after him in August 2003.

He released two complete operas in 2003, Tosca and Il Trovatore and on a lighter note he also appeared in Sesame Street singing Time to Say Goodnight as a lullaby to Elmo, good- naturedly revising Time to Say Goodbye to fit.

In December, his first contemporary music concert took place at a Lake Las Vegas village resort in Nevada, US, which was recorded for PBS and released as the Under the Desert Sky DVD.

In 2006, Bocelli influenced the municipality of his hometown Lajatico to build an outdoor theatre, the Teatro del Silenzio. He serves as its honorary president and performs for one night only, every July, the rest of the year, the theatre remains silent. Since the opening in 2006, Bocelli has held 5 concerts, every July, with guests including Plàcido Domingo, José Carreras, Zucchero, and Laura Pausini, as well as instrumentalists Lang Lang, Chris Botti, and Kenny G.

As the world mourned the loss of Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli sang Mozart’s Ave verum corpus at his funeral in Modena on 8th September 2007.

In January 2008, Bocelli received the Italian TV award Telegatto in platinum for Italian music in the world in Rome. He sang La voce del silenzio The voice of silence – and Dare to Live during the ceremony.

La voce del silenzio is awesome. Light the candles, sit comfortably with a glass of wine and listen to the beauty of Bocelli’s romantic stylization of this classic Italian song, sung with lush arrangements showcasing an evocative *flautist, and be moved by the music and the emotion even if you don’t understand a word of what he’s singing.
Note: flautist – one who plays the flute.

In 2009 The Andrea Bocelli and David foster Christmas Special was aired from Thanksgiving night in the United States and was broadcast up to Christmas throughout north America and the rest of the world. The album My Christmas, which was Andrea’s first holiday release became the best-selling holiday album of the year.

christmasThe decade finished in style when in 2010, Bocelli was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year an orchid in the Botanic Gardens’ National Orchid Garden was named after him.

During the 2010 World Music Awards, Bocelli performed Un Amore Cosi Grande from his 2008 album, Incanto, and received his seventh World Music Award, for Best Classical Artist.


Next week we will be doing a Christmas Special with tracks from Andrea’s album.

BUY Andrea Bocelli’s Music:

Official Website:

Additional material


About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album.

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Links to website –
Facebook –
Twitter –
Regular Venue –

You will find the previous series on Luciano Pavarotti and part one of Andrea Bocelli in this directory:

Thank you so much for joining us today.. We would be grateful if you could reblog or share the post. Thanks Sally

22 thoughts on “Classical Music with William Price King -Andrea Bocelli – Part three – 2000 – 2010

  1. We have had the pleasure of seeing him in his home town /village and hearing him in The Teatro del Silenzio lajatico Tuscany. Four times we have been and on four occasions we have been emotionally moved in a way that was unique to us like nothing before. Your post is superb and jostled my memories to the fore. 😇

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Well said, truly we are moved by the emotion of his singing, even without understanding the words. Gorgeous music. Looking forward to holiday music, and hopefully. ‘The Prayer’, my favorite. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Classical Music with William Price King -Andrea Bocelli – Part three – 2000 – 2010 | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  4. Andrea struck a chord from the first moment I heard him sing. Guess I wasn’t the only one to pause and enjoy. I knew he’d won many awards, but the actual number is stupendous. Kudos to him. HIs singing is most pleasing and evocative. Thank you for this new series of introductions to Andrea. 😀 🙂 So much more to him than I know.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Pingback: Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up. Baring it all, blog milestone and Christmas Party | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

I would be delighted to receive your feedback (by commenting, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and URL) Thanks Sally

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.