A celebration of life .. Bocelli presents an unprecedented party at the Al-Hajar historical site in Saudi Arabia


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The famous Italian opera singer, Andrea Bocelli, on Thursday evening, revived an unprecedented concert at the historic Al-Hajar site in the Al-Ula province, Saudi Arabia.

Andrea Bocelli in AlUla
Bocelli greets the ceremony opposite the Al-Khuraymat Mountain at the Al-Hajar archaeological site, and the Al-Khuraymat Mountain contains 20 burials that archaeologists prepare are among the best preservedCredit: Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images for The Royal Commission for AlUla

Notable moments in the ceremony included a performance by Andrea Bocelli, accompanied by his 9-year-old daughter Virginia, and the duo sang together the song “Hallelujah” to the audience who attended the event in the vicinity of the first Saudi site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli performs a concert with his daughter, Virginia Bocelli, on April 8, 2021, at the World Heritage Site, Al-Hajar, in Al-Ula Governorate, Saudi ArabiaCredit: Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for The Royal Commission for AlUla

This is the first concert during which Andrea will participate in the stage with his son Matteo and his daughter. The multi-talented family showed off their musical prowess with Bocelli switching instruments throughout the ceremony.

In addition to the surprising performances of young talent Virginia Bocelli, tenor musicians from the Arab orchestra and special guests were joined by singer Lauren Allred, his son Matteo Bocelli, and soprano Francesca Mayonchi, along with pianist Eugene Kuhn.

Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli hosts a concert on April 8, 2021, at the Al Hajar archaeological site in AlUla
Credit: Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for The Royal Commission for AlUla

The musical genius is said to be able to play any instrument that his hands touch, and he proved this upon his arrival at Al-Ula International Airport by playing a piece of the song “or soli mio” on the zither.

Bocelli said the concert was aimed at celebrating life and music, saying, “Our planet is beautiful and music is the greatest unifier in the world, so this moment for us was about spreading a little joy as we all see the light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to enjoying the music together again soon.” “.

And the concert is the third in a row for Bochili in Al-Ula, where fans delighted during two editions of the Tantura Winter Festival. However, this is the first time that the ancient city of Hajar has been the site of a musical event on this scale.

Andrea Bocelli in AlUla
Matteo Bocelli, Eugene Kohn, Francesca Mayonchi, Lauren Allred, Andrea Bocelli, and Virginia Bocelli on stage during a concert in the Stone DistrictCredit: Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for The Royal Commission for AlUla

Al-Hajar, built by the Nabataean kingdom in the first century BC, is an ancient desert city with thousands of tombs carved into sandstone mountains, no less than 100 burials with elaborately carved façades, by skilled Nabatean craftsmen.

Bocelli noted that holding a concert in such a location was a very special moment for a family and all the musicians on stage.

He added, “To be here in a piece of history in such an inspiring place rich in human creativity, heritage and culture is truly a moment that we will never forget.”


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