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Marcus from Great Barrington Massachusetts
SHMALTZ KITSCH AND VIRTUOSITY
Attennded the Bocelli Valentines concert in Miami last night and was transported to the highest highs and lowest lows. How can you surround a virtuosic performer with the most embarrassing and debasing choice of film montage, amateur dance performances and lighting design appropriate for a sporting event? Andrea Bocelli at 60 still sings beautifully in tune with wonderfully sustained tones and a gravitas of a Pavorati or Domingo, yet he has surrounded himself with an organization that only wishes to present him to a sports level audience only hungry for his greatest hits and supreme kitsch. Andrea please preserve your hard earned dignity and lose whoever conceived your abysmal set design and overall tour concept. For my 94 year old father it was a concert of a lifetime, please make it worthy of your life’s work and not a caricature of a some vaudevillian off off Broadway charade.
Debbie from New York, New York
2/17/19...the met...nyc.... i’ve waited years to see Bocelli....Ended up heartbroken. The met is a place for opera and I get that… But there needed to be amplification to hear his voice…It was hard enough to hear him when he was singing solo… But if the orchestra even tried to play a hair louder he was totally lost… to add to it he did not sing one song that anyone was familiar with… And I think that would’ve been OK if the focus had been more on him instead of the other performers…For anyone who loves his music I suggest downloading his music or buying a CD… You’ll be way happier.
Tim from Marina Del Rey, California
I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER PERFORMANCE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL!
+ 1. The concert, discounting the venue, was superb. 2. Mr. Bocelli responded to 3 audience standing ovation requests for encores. - 1. It seems that the Hollywood Bowl is diligently working at driving guests away. In my case, with success. 2. Between songs very bright lights, surrounding the arch of the stage, were directed into the eyes of the audience. 3. The sound system was marginal. 4. Not the fault of the venue but many of the audience were rude, constantly talking and singing along with the performance.
William from Denver, Colorado
Everything was overamplified. This is classical music! There is no amplification at the Metropolitan Opera House. Last night it was all loud and full of reverberation. The chorus was tinny. There was NO commentary and we had no idea what he was singing, except for some old standards. There were "guest stars." A classical soprano and a violinist were great, but the second woman singer was a Celine Dion wannabee who I thought was just dreadful. The images were well done, but often didn't match the music. I'm going to stick to the real opera house for awhile.
Elena from San Jose, California
LEFT RIPPED OFF
Bocelli is a great singer and though he did his best to be gracious to the audience by singing generously for the encore he didn't choose his best body of work. He looked gaunt and thin. Besides, the wonderful San Francisco Symphony, and the soprano singer (forgot her name) the other parts of the concert were very out of place and plain cheap. I could care less for the dance numbers at the corner of the stage, the Italian pop singer was promotional at its best, the violinist was thrilling but not befitting to be part of the show. The videos and the lighting system were primitive to the point of being repulsive. The stage designers had no taste or skills. I felt that the organizers had to cater to the widest audience to collect as much money as possible. The blinding dollar signs in the heads of the show organizers blinded the show and its only purpose-to give us Bocelli and Bocelli alone. If senjor Bocelli chooses to come to san Francisco again, let his venue be the Davis Symphony Hall or San Francisco Opera. I think the singer of his statue doesn't need to compare himself with Arianna Grande or Golden Gate Warriors.
WKR from Houston, Texas
THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY
The good …..his magnificent God given voice! I enjoyed the dancers and all of the beautiful women who sang & played violin. Desperately wish he had sung more songs we were familiar with. We paid a lot of money, and his talent is worth every penny....but nothing is as satisfying as your heart being able to sing along with a song recognized. The "bad" was a level of audience that came in torn jeans, consuming burgers and beer, and using cell phones that they engaged with all night. This was NOT a rockets game. Low class....they were spoken to at intermission but they tended to ignore all around them. The "ugly" was a line wrapped around the Toyota center an hour before scheduled start time. Caused late start. Glad it was not raining! Then once in, they would not honor screen shot of email ticket That should be made clear when buying, since the line was at a standstill while folks tried to remedy that issue. Possibly a venue issue, but needs to be fixed. Also, screens hard to see.
A Fan from Houston, Texas
2ND TIME AROUND!
I saw Bocelli in Vegas at the MGM 12 years ago. It is a huge venue similar to Toyota Center. This time my son honored me with surprise plane tickets and costly floor seats to see Andrea perform in Houston. I traveled from Mexico just to go to this concert. And I LOVE andrea Bocelli and am very familiar with his magnificent voice and repertoire both operatic and popular. As constructive criticism I would say that I would never go to his concerts at this venue again. He deserves a classier backdrop for his performances. The expensive floor seats were too small, too close together, and uncomfortable. Little more than a metal chair with a bottom cushion and so tight that you could not avoid touching the person seated next to you. And the visibility was awful. One flat level. A tall person in front of you makes it impossible to even see the performer at a blurred distance. The stage is not high enough for good visibility. Better and cheaper seats would be the first rows Of the second level. We could not even see the whole stage and often not the performers. Even at a distance. The concert at MGM was much better. The performance in Houston was wonderful but the changing backdrop scenes were distracting and weakened the impact of the performer. The sound system did not seem quite right. The orchestra did not sound forceful even when playing without a singer. And for some odd reason all these factors led to a somewhat disjointed concert in which I never felt that the performers connected with the audience. It was as if we were two separate entities. Maestro Bocelli himself seemed tired and unusually somber with few of his famous smiles. Almost as if he felt bad. He did not acknowledge the audience and interact with them as he did in Vegas. I do suggest that the person(s) responsible for the stage, the show itself, heed the comments of many reviewers. Most of us would prefer to see a majestic performance by Mr. Bocelli without so many theatrics. He doesn’t need that. His voice speaks. The sound system is obviously of utmost importance. And the audience could do without the blinding lights . Above all, such expensive seats should at least be comfortable and provide some visibility. To hear him sing I can stay at home. And I adore this performer but will never go to this venue to a concert again.
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