Long report coming
Yesterday was the most amazing, lucky day. My friend Serena and I live in close villages and we met thanks to Mika. When we heard the news about Bocelli we decided to take a road trip to Pisa, which is not far from where we live, and go exploring the place, just in case we’d have the chance to find Mika somewhere during the day. When the announcement of the event was made, it was already sold out, so we didn’t even think about getting tickets, cause we were sure there were none. Just to give it a little try, I subscribed to Bocelli’s official fan page on Facebook, with the idea that maybe there could have been some extra tickets. I had no luck with that, but a comment said “if you’re around Lajatico (the place of the event) try and ask to the tourist office”.
So, yesterday morning we got to Lajatico. For the ones who may not know, this is the place where Bocelli was born, so it’s kind of special. The old town is all colored in red and every little spot has a reminder of Bocelli: may it be a statue of him, of the winged man, a painting inside shops, it really is wonderful. In front of the main square, we found the tourist office, and there the dream began. Turns out that a local brought back a few tickets for them to sell, cause in fact he couldn’t go anymore. They also were the cheapest, which was the only possible option for us to get in since tickets are so expensive. We couldn’t believe any of that - and in fact we didn’t until we got into the theatre. It was like, between all these comments on Facebook, we were meant to find the one helping us, you know. It was a strange, beautiful sensation.
In the afternoon, we took the first shuttle to the theatre. “Il teatro del silenzio” is a venue in the middle of a hill, with nothing else around, all surrounded by kilometers of grass, little roads and trees - all you can see looking far are more trees and more hills. All this nature makes the place unbelievable to be in, it looks and feels magic.The theme of the show was “freedom”, in fact there were many references to that. The goal was to raise money to build back a music school in Camerino, a place that unfortunately was affected by a earthquake, so the meaning of the show felt even stronger.
The stage was huge, with the winged man standing in the middle. The scenography was sensational and changed for every song: there were horses, fire juggling, acrobats, ballet dancers, fireworks, confetti, every single thing you can imagine, and Bocelli’s voice can’t be described with words. I found myself shaking when he sang “Inno alla gioia” and had chills when the show ended with “Nessun dorma”, his voice could overpower the whole orchestra and the loud applause of the audience. This show is a memory I’ll forever cherish.
Seeing Mika in such a stunning context was the biggest privilege for me. The first song was “Ali Di Libertà” with Bocelli. The winged man had turned red and there were wings behind them. Mika’s voice was absolutely marvelous, he sang in a perfect Italian and it was such an emotion to hear his voice merging with Bocelli’s voice. After other songs he was interviewed for a while by the host of the show. He said his parents were there to see him and talked a bit about being surrounded by different cultures since he was a kid - and he also said he’s the worst compared to his siblings because he can “only” speak 4 languages, while his sisters can speak 8.
The first song he sang on his own was Tiny Love. You can expect to hear a masterpiece. He said that version was not the same as the one in the album, I think that’s because it was arranged for the orchestra, but let me tell you. The sound changes continuously, every part of the song has a different way of presenting itself. I didn’t understand many words, but as he hinted in some interviews, that’s the first song he wrote, with the line “My name is Michael Holbrook, I was born in 1983”. He also talks about Central Park somehow, but I didn’t understand more of that sentence. So yes, that’s just a harmless tiny little spoiler. (We’re gonna love it!)
As for the last one, as Eriko predicted , he sang Happy Ending with Ida and Max. Hearing Ida’s voice brought me back to the symphonic gig in Florence and the marvelous memories I made there. The orchestra had this huge sound and Mika’s voice during the whole song, and mostly the chorus, was incredible. He wasn’t standing still, but started moving around, he went down near to the orchestra and then back on stage. I’m sure you saw some pics already, but he had one of my favorite suits, the brown one with little shining stars shaping it. As always, classy and elegant and most of all, he brings joy wherever he goes. He made the whole audience laugh multiple times and at the end of one of his songs he made that cute little laugh he sometimes does. He looked happy and, I imagine he was also quite nervous, but I assure you he spread his light in every corner of that magnificent place.
Hope you enjoyed my report and pics!