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19 September 2012, 10:23 | Updated: 12 March 2013, 15:36
The tenor performed at Camden's Roundhouse as part of the 30-day music festival, which also includes pop stars David Guetta and One Direction
Classical music took over The Roundhouse in Camden, London, last night, as Andrea Bocelli performed as part of the iTunes festival. He was supported by soprano Laura Wright, and guitar duo CARisMA.
Classic FM's Myleene Klass presented the concert, telling the story of the operas and providing information about the music. Andrea kept his introductions to a minimum, with the exception of his opening speech.
"Thank you for being here," he said. "As you know, I am Italian, and I arrived from Italy just now, and for this reason I would like to begin this very special concert with a most famous Italian song."
He started with 'O Sole Mio, described by Myleene as an alternative Italian national anthem, before wowing his fans with music by Rodrigo. The programme also included classical favourites Schubert's Ave Maria and Amazing Grace, and the impressive 'Pour mon âme, quel destin!' from Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment.
As fans in Camden's popular gig venue finished their pints and cheered, Andrea performed the drinking song 'Libiamo ne' lieti calici' from Verdi's La Traviata, and was joined on stage for duets with Gianfranco Montresor and Sabina Cvilak.
He finished the concert with his chart-topping hit, Time to Say Goodbye, and 'Nessun dorma' from Turandot. He treated his fans to an impromptu encore after long applause.