Andrea Bocelli plots worldwide "Passione" course
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will canvas the world throughout the year as he drums up support for his recently released "Passione."
The multi-instrumentalist will get off to a slow start, taking to the stage March 22 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, before moving on to Tainan, Taiwan, a month later (4/27). The North American portion of dates is divided into two trips, the first of which begins with a June 5 performance in Denver and features five major market stops. Bocelli will then take on a round of European gigs before returning stateside for another six big-city shows, starting Dec. 7 in Las Vegas and wrapping up Dec. 15 in Atlanta.
Ticketing information is available at Bocelli's website.
Bocelli released "Passione," his 14th studio effort, in late January via Universal Verve. The 14 love songs, which were produced by David Foster, include duets with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado and a virtual duet with the late Edith Piaf. The collection debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 9 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The crossover artist, who was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1999, making him the first and only classical musician to to earn a nomination in that category since Leontyne Price in 1961.
22 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Yas Island
27 - Tainan, Taiwan - Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium
30 - Shanghai, China - Mercedes-Benz Arena
3 - Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center
5 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Putra Stadium
10 - Belgrade, Serbia - Kombank Arena
15 - Berlin, Germany - Philharmonie Berline
18 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
25 - Bucharest, Romania - Romexpo
5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
8 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
9 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
16 - Bayreuth, Germany - Festplatz
23 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
13 - Tuscany, Italy - Teatro Silenzio
14 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Leeds Arena
15 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Hydro Arena
7 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
8 - Phoenix, AZ - U.S. Airways Center
11 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
12 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
14 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
15 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena