Andrea Bocelli has been incredibly busy over the last few months, traveling the world and promoting his new album A Family Christmas. For the first time, the new album by the Italian maestro features his 25-year-old son Matteo Bocelli and his 10-year-old daughter Virginia Bocelli singing alongside his father as a trio. Now, the 64-year-old has released a special live performance of Joy To The World, a Christmas carol he believes “encapsulates the revolutionary message at the heart of Christianity: ‘The Lord has come.’ This is the true meaning of Holy Christmas, the beautiful good news that we celebrate.”
Recorded earlier this month, the Bocelli family performed live with the New York City Youth Choir, inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center in New York. Originally broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning, both Matteo and Virginia showcased their vocal chops proving that they have certainly inherited their father’s singing talent.
Express.co.uk caught up with the trio this December, where we found out that the 10-year-old rising star doesn’t take singing lessons, but grew up on a diet of bread and music. Her father said: “She has been studying piano for three years and has been absorbing the art and sounds since she was born.” When she was asked if she found singing fun, Virginia herself confessed that she has problems with her nerves.
Virginia told us: “The first few times I sang live, I was actually very scared, but after a few times you start to feel more comfortable. I started to get anxious again, singing Over The Rainbow… It could go either way, very good or very bad. If you do a good duet, after a few times you start to calm down, like ‘Ok, every other time I got it right.’ It’s a learning experience.”
His brother Matteo confessed that touring can be tough and chaotic for the family during their busy lives.
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Keeping with the festive theme of the album, Virginia shared the best Christmas present she’s ever received. The 10-year-old said: “When I was little I was still learning that my dad was an opera singer. The day I found out that my dad loved Pavarotti, I asked Santa for a Christmas ball with Pavarotti’s face on it. It arrived like a snow globe. That was so funny.”
A Family Christmas is now available.
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