The great Tony Bennett is 90. Here’s just one moment of superlative music-making from the legendary crooner

3 August 2016, 10:44

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Celebrate the 90th birthday of the great singer with this classic duet featuring Andrea Bocelli

Tony Bennett – born Anthony Benedetto – went back to his Italian roots in 2011 when he took a trip to opera star Andrea Bocelli's home to record this classic duet: a unique version of Stranger in Paradise from the musical Kismet, set to the music of Borodin.

Apart from being Italian, Bennett has a curious connection with opera. Not only did he initially consider being an opera singer, his biggest hit, I left my heart in San Francisco, was originally written in the early 1950s for Metropolitan Opera star contralto Claramae Turner. Not a lot of people know that.

Watch: Andrea Bocelli played flute at his home for Classic FM >
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Happy 90th birthday Tony Bennett. May you be singing those standards for many more years still to come.