Andrea Bocelli calls ‘extremely shy’ son Matteo on stage to sing at 18 and magic happens

Andrea Bocelli releases trailer for latest album ‘Believe’

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Matteo hit the spotlight in 2018 when he duetted with his father on the sweeping ballad Fall On Me, the theme tune to the Disney movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. It didn’t hurt that Matteo looks like a cartoon prince, himself. He quickly built up his own devoted fanbase, with everyone eagerly awaiting his debut album this year. Yet, just two years earlier when he was sitting in the audience at a special Celebrity Fight Night gala, he had to be coaxed onto the stage and overcome his nerves to perform a stunning opera aria. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE

Celebrity Fight Night originated in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994 as a way to harness celebrity star power to drive charitable donations to a variety of good causes. In 2014, Andrea and his wife Veronica launched a sister event in Italy to benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

In 2016, the annual event was moved to Lajitico, the picturesque Tuscan town where the famous tenor grew up. The guests included Italian star Zucchero (who wrote Con Te Partiro – Time To say Goodbye – for Andrea) Nicolas Cage and Queen Rania of Jordan.

As with so many of Andrea’s shows and albums, it was produced by David Foster, the man behind mammoth hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston and many more.

During the night, Andrea and David hatched a little plot to give the audience (and Matteo) a surprise treat – which exceeds all expectations.

Andrea Bocelli’s son discusses love of opera in 2016

Of course, Matteo agrees to sing but what is even more extraordinary is that his father sets him one last incredible challenge.

Andrea told the delighted crowd: “If he sings without the microphone it is more interesting, believe me.”

Afterwards, Matteo reflected on how frightening that was: “Without a microphone? Out in the open, after all the singers that have sung with the microphone? Then I said (to my father), ‘you will be able to hear the difference (from them). And then, instead, dad just attacked the piano!”

What Matteo’s family already knew but many don’t realise is that Matteo has an incredibly powerful natural voice.

Veronica said: “He (Andrea) called him on stage by surprise, but truly by surprise. I was so touched by the fact that he had accepted because he had to overcome his extreme shyness.

“He put his all in it and took the stage. He did an incredible job and our guests were happy. His father had decided to turn off the microphone because his voice is famous for its strength – and then he did it!”

Apart from witnessing Matteo’s birth as a performer what is interesting is that his original plans for his future seemed to be more focussed on classical music.

He said; “My greatest passion is opera. And for a year, I’d say, I began studying a bit at home with my dad and we’ll see when we get there because inevitably I would love to try to sing (as a career).”

While Andrea has successfully blended the worlds of opera and popular music, so far Matteo is mainly known for teh song Fall On Me and covering ballads like Ed Sheeran’s Perfect and  Justin Bieber’s Holy.

With the promise of his debut album arriving this year, the world will soon discover who Matteo Bocelli wants to be.
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