Matteo Bocelli brings pop music, not opera, to Mesa this weekend

Nov 25, 2023 904

BY: Timothy Rawles

“I’m Here” is not only a love song from Matteo Bocelli’s self-titled debut album - it's also an official proclamation of his arrival into music as a pop star. Some people might think that the 26-year-old would follow in the footsteps of his famous tenor father, opera and classical music singer Andrea Bocelli, but the younger Bocelli is leaving the nest and soaring to find his own place in the industry, starting with a world tour that stops at the Mesa Arts Center on Nov. 28.

“The truth is that myself, I grew up listening to pop music,” he says. “I was listening to Eminem, Queen and Lionel Richie. So this is truly who I am. And I've been able to express myself completely, you know, with my music, with this album.”

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