Andrea Bocelli Hyde Park Concert: Rain Can't Dampen Stunning Performances

Saturday 6 July 2024

Andrea Bocelli
BST Hyde Park

Andrea Bocelli's performance at Hyde Park was a night of unforgettable music, incredible talent, and, unfortunately, a lot of rain. But let's dive into the highlights that made the evening truly special, despite the less-than-ideal weather.

First off, the support acts were fantastic! His son, Matteo Bocelli, opened with some of his own compositions, including a gorgeous piece he wrote for the Netflix show From Scratch. Matteo wooed the crowd with his suave performance and stunning vocals, setting the tone for the evening. Another highlight included some moments with Grammy award-winning singer Joaquina who's voice is absolutely glorious. Katherine Jenkins followed with a delightful set, including an impromptu rendition of 'Singing in the Rain', complete with a brolly! She later swapped her Manolos for Hunter wellies, embracing the weather with style. Her sparkly outfit matched her personality and shone brilliantly against the grey skies. A highlight of her performance was her duet with John Owen-Jones on Barcelona- truly a magical moment.

Now, let's talk about the weather. There's a reason the festival is called BST- British summers are notoriously unpredictable, and yesterday was no exception. The rain did put a bit of a dampener on the evening, both literally and figuratively. The performances were impeccable, but it was hard to fully enjoy while getting drenched. That said, the shared experience of braving the downpour added a unique camaraderie among the audience. Andrea himself called us heroes for sticking it out and rewarded us with a performance that was worth every soggy moment.

Act One began with a bang as Andrea performed 'La Donna รจ Mobile', supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The first half of the concert featured a selection of opera pieces, with standout guests like soprano Nadine Sierra, mezzo Isabel Leonard, baritone Luca Micheletti, soprano Henna Munn, flautist Andrea Griminelli, violinist Rusanda Panfili, and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Each piece was delivered with emotion, humour, and a touch of flirtation—perfect for both opera aficionados and newcomers. However, it would have been helpful to have subtitles like at Opera House performances, allowing everyone to engage more deeply with the lyrics, or perhaps just more introductions to the pieces giving a general theme.

Act Two shifted the mood with a mix of more recent songs and Andrea's beloved classics. Highlights included a stunning rendition of 'The Prayer' with Loren Allred and a powerful performance of 'Nessun Dorma' to close the night. The set list was further enriched by appearances from German film composer Hans Zimmer, legendary British singer-songwriter Seal, and Italian gospel and blues artist Zucchero. A heartwarming moment was Andrea's duet with his daughter Virginia on Hallelujah, showcasing the immense talent within the Bocelli family.

So, while the rain did affect the enjoyment a bit, the stellar performances and the communal spirit of the audience made it a memorable evening, especially as the largest outdoor classical concert in Europe in this century. Andrea Bocelli, with his incredible voice, delivered a concert that resonated deeply, despite the weather.

Reviewed on Friday 5th July 2024 by Olivia
Photo Credit: Dave Hogan

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