Andrea Bocelli: An Exclusive Interview

This Friday Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is in London at the O2 for the start of a major concert tour that will take him to Dublin and Manchester next week, then the USA and Germany.

Speaking to Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall, Bocelli explains that routine is the key to coping with such a gruelling programme, saying "My preparation is rather like that of an athlete."

Bocelli also talks about his book, which will be available in English very soon: "I like to write. It is my second favourite activity after singing. Through this story I was gven an opportunity to express my opinions, to give voice to my values."

And with such a busy schedule ahead - what plans does he have for Christmas? "I will be at home with my family around me. The best Christmas present is to be close to the people you love."

Listen to the interview with Andrea Bocelli.