Andrea Bocelli will offer his world-renowned tenor voice for the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday, August. 25, 2018.
The Festival of Families is choreographed as a celebration of family life. It is expected to be one of the highlights of the WMOF2018. Andrea Bocelli will take center stage in Croke Park Stadium and will join the cast of thousands already announced for the event.
Andrea Bocelli has met Pope Francis and has performed for him on more than one occasion including at the last World Meeting of Families which took place in Philadelphia in 2015. He is a devout Catholic and he has spoken openly many times about the importance of faith and how it takes first place in his life. He has regularly donated his time and talent to causes and events that he is passionate about.
Commenting ahead of his performance at the Dublin gathering of families he said, “Singing before Pope Francis is a privilege for our soul; it is an honor for what the Supreme Pontiff represents in the world. For the indescribable human fragility, typical of the average man such as myself, it brings me great pleasure and immense satisfaction to even have the privilege to be close to a person of such exceptional importance and grace.
“It is a joy to be able to offer my most modest contribution on the occasion of this grand meeting and moment of reflection about the family. The family remains the strongest building block of society, a cluster of affection, and a privileged space in which one can teach and learn – in every action – how to choose a life that leads toward the greater good.”
Andrea Bocelli will join other well-known and community groups already announced for the event including Nathan Carter, The Riverdance Troupe, Dana Masters, Daniel O’Donnell, The Begley Family, The Priests, The Holy Family Deaf Choir and Deaftones, Celine Byrne, Paddy Moloney, Bridgie and Missy Collins and Moya Brennan. As well as these artists the cast for the Festival of Families will include an orchestra in excess of 50 musicians; over 700 Irish, Sean Nós and contemporary dancers, including 500 from Irish dance schools across the country; a 1,000 strong choir; 100 community groups, and 300 flag bearers.
Andrea Bocelli is acclaimed, worldwide, as one of the most accomplished representatives of Italy’s finest vocal tradition. His rich and unique voice, with tones as smooth as velvet, can range from Belcanto to Verism with great ease and talent and is one of the most distinctive voices that the world has ever seen. Andrea Bocelli’s fans delight in the pleasures that such a unique signature-like voice provides, especially thanks to the tenor’s numerous records, of which over eighty million have been sold.
During his career, Andrea Bocelli has performed for four Presidents of the United States, three Popes, the British Royal Family and several Prime Ministers from different countries. Lately, he has sung for Queen Elizabeth II, during Her Majesty’s Gala Evening in celebration of her 90th birthday which took place in the gardens within the walls of Windsor Castle.