A Bocelli Valentine's Day

Andrea Bocelli was initially discovered by Pavarotti — presumably when the late, great tenor from Modena was already losing his hearing. The listening public may have been losing its hearing, too. For it didn't matter that Bocelli sang without any beautiful tone to speak of, or that he sounded thin and wan from the bottom of his register to its tinny tippity-top, or that the vocal cords of a potato could evince more emotion than those of Andrea Bocelli. It didn't even matter that his voice was pint-sized — puny unto the point of uselessness without serious electronic amplification. Bocelli had his endorsement, and his career took off like a (very quiet) rocket. Since 1994, he's recorded a bunch of operas (though he's rarely ever performed one, because he's blind) and a gazillion pop records, so far selling over 55 million of the things worldwide. That's more than the combined sales of, say, Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano. But for all the cantankerousness of the critics, all reasonable people should be able to agree on one thing: Andrea Bocelli is a better singer than Miley Cyrus, and tix for his concerts are one helluva lot easier to come by. So why not check it out? Anyway, all these gripes are mostly for the small percentage of the population with "taste" and "standards" and all that other outmoded hooey. And who needs that stuff? Go! Get thee to BankAtlantic Center on Valentine's Day! Allow the under-powered and over-amplified Bocelli to convince you you're in touch with high culture! You'll feel great!
Mon., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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Mary
Mary

Who was the ass who wrote this crap? And how did he get away with it? Andrea Bocelli has an amazing voice and I'm proud to say that I've heard him Live. The author is an uneducated, uncultured, socially retarded fool!

Steph
Steph

All I have to say about the "man" who wrote this piece of trash is that he is a hack who deserves to lose his job, which I have no doubt contributes to his livelihood. If Mr. Thorp had any honor at all he would meet with Bocelli and discuss his concerns, but he is nothing but a bloody coward who chooses to hide behind the First Amendment.

Sue
Sue

I guess your editor got hold of the original artical and forced you to clean it up, but it still stinks. Why are you so unhappy that you need to make everyone else feel miserable too? Too bad, I hope sometime in your lifetime you learn to be kind and gentle.

Ondina Luna
Ondina Luna

Mr. Tar (which is what you have in your ears) you are a man of very special (but limited) skills .You manage to show your ignorance, laziness for research, inability to add, offend individual with disabilities, and sloppiness in of use of the English language in less than 100 words. If you continue to practice you may be allow to buy a GED at that gas station around the corner... You did follow a very important rule... If you cannotbe right, be brief!

LOY
LOY

I would like to hear what you can contribute, face to face, on any musical topic with Maestro Bocelli. Not only does he speak with the ring of truth, his enviable memory, knowledge, and ability to express himself in words and music would have you babbling. Best you seek another line of work. Writing as a critic is quite absurd.

Sewebster
Sewebster

Each to his own, Mr. Thorp, but there's never an excuse for mean comments. You certainly have a right to your opinion. However, you do not have the right to hurt or offend with that opinion. That's a choice. In my experience, those who choose unkind discourse when simple journalistic comment would do, are either intrinsically mean or angry at the world and impotent. There was a time when journalists were gentlemen (and ladies). I miss that.

Eleanorahannah
Eleanorahannah

Guess you got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning Mr. Thorpe - what utter drivel, at least check your facts. With your opinion I don't expect you will have much fun on Valentine's Day whether you attend Andrea's concert or not.

Sue
Sue

Mr. Thorpe, you ought to be ashamed of yourself !

 
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