Saturday, July 15 | 6:30PM
Rising international star Matteo Bocelli takes audiences on a journey through some of the most beloved songs of all time—Italian classics such “Quando Quando Quando,” timeless ballads like "Can't Help Falling In Love" and “Caruso,” favorite opera arias, as well as pop hits “Fall on Me” and “Perfect Symphony.” Bocelli will perform some of his original compositions, including selections from his upcoming debut album out September 2023, and previously released singles “Solo,” “Tempo,” and “Dimmi.” Joining Bocelli is award-winning Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana and special surprise guests. Maestro Eugene Kohn conducts.
This concert is presented as part of Festival Napa Valley's Olivia Decker Power of Music Series
This concert is part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series
Festival Orchestra Napa's appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards
Matteo Bocelli’s appearance is sponsored in part by the Italian Cultural Institute
The world first heard acclaimed singer-songwriter Matteo on Fall on Me, the duet he co-wrote for his father Andrea’s 2018 album, Sì, which topped the Billboard 200 and the UK Official Album chart. The song amassed over 400 million streams and soundtracked Disney’s The Nutcracker & the Four Realms. For 2022’s festive season, Matteo released A Family Christmas, alongside his father Andrea and sister Virginia, reaching number 1 on iTunes US and Canada and Amazon US and UK.
Spanish-born violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been hailed as “an amazing talent" by Gustavo Dudamel and “frighteningly awesome’” by the Buffalo News, with the BBC Music Magazine observing has observed that “he manages to combine Itzhak Perlman's warmth with the aristocratic poise of Henryk Szeryng.”
Eugene Kohn was immersed in opera from a very young age, accompanying the vocal classes of such “golden age” stars as Giovanni Martinelli and Maria Jeritza. He became the conducting “protégée” of the Metropolitan Opera’s Fausto Cleva, and in the 1970’s began performing in public as recital accompanist to some of opera’s greatest voices: Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe DiStefano, Franco Corelli, Maria Callas, and the young Luciano Pavarotti.