Bocelli entertains adoring Albany fans

Jun 15, 2013 863

By Amy Biancolli

Andrea Bocelli isn't really an opera singer — he doesn't have the pipes, for one thing, or anything like the seductive extroversion that's required in wooing a crowd — but he sings sweetly, stands erectly and brings with him all the expected trappings of classical music.

He brought them all to the Times Union Center on Thursday night: the tuxedos; the orchestra (in this case, from the New York City Opera); the full-throated chorus (hometown heroes Albany Pro Musica); the guy in tails waving a stick on the podium with swirly flourishes (conductor Eugene Kohn); the arias by Verdi, Puccini, Gounod. It was all there.

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