Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 9An Opera Concert at the outside gardens of a palace?! Um, yes please! I’ve never been to watch an opera singer perform let alone at a Palace in Italy. I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania, (‘Merica!) where operas aren’t really a thing. So it was very exciting for the opportunity to fall right into my lap.

Always up for something new, I asked my dad if that was something he would be interested in going to see. He said yes and that was that, tickets were purchased, and we impatiently awaited the day.

The concert was held at the Caserta Palace, which is within 40 minutes of Naples Italy.

Google Maps Caserta Palace

As a very brief history, because I absolutely plan to go back for the full tour, The Caserta Palace is the largest royal residence in the world.

The construction of the palace was begun in 1752 for¬†Charles VII of Naples, who worked closely with his architect, Luigi Vanvitelli. When Charles saw Vanvitelli’s grandly scaled model for Caserta, it filled him with emotion “fit to tear his heart from his breast”. In my opinion that’s all that needs to be said at this time.

You have to have a little pre game before heading to a concert, even if its an opera concert.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 2We got all dolled up and headed over to a friends for some fun.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace ItalyLivin the life with some Coors Light.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 3Laughing, there’s always so much laughing.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 4Really getting into it.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 5Haha, I don’t even know.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 6Look! Over there…

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 7What’s even over there?

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 8What’s up there?

End Opera photo reel.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 15Of course I had to get a photo with dad!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 11And again…!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 16More and more people started arriving and the fun really began. (okay, Jon might have been there first)
Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 17Act like a tiger they said. Rarrr.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 18Giving our best effort.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 13Dad’s hanging out.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 20Now everyone is here and they are all trying to stop the wind from blowing hair into their faces. haha.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 21Hanging out on the balcony.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 22I jumped into the photo last second.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 23Don’t worry we rented a van to drive us to the concert. We didn’t want to have to worry about parking, walking a far distance, or traffic. It was pretty cheap for curbside service to be dropped off and picked up. Very worth it because it was almost a 40 minute drive and a WAY better deal than a taxi. Plus all 8 of us got to drive together ūüôā


Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 25There was another van full of people also going, so we started a photo shoot right outside of the palace as we waited to get in.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 26Ken’s trying to be a ladies’ man with 4 ladies on each of his arms.


Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 28Then they stole my camera from me.


Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 30Paparazzi¬†shot that’s a bit blurry. Headed into the palace, no big deal.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 31Are you going to say something? Yes we brought bottles of prosecco with us on the drive over, I dare you to say something. Truthfully it may look like I want to fight, but I wasn’t even looking at the camera.
Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 33From King’s Day to Caserta Palace, Amanda always gives me one of these when I point my camera at her.¬†

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 34Hiii Ladies! Everyone looks stunning!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 36Now act like a tiger, what is that?!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 37Pouty I suppose, there’s always so many demands when Ken has the camera.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 38Hey girls, love your dresses, now its really time to get in line for the concert.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 39Of course it was a pushing/shoving/diving/punching kind of line. If I had a quarter for every time I have to tell Naples Italy to stay classy. Oh don’t worry half the Italians wore their best sneakers and warm up suits to the show. I’ve refrained from adding pictures of some of the things they were wearing!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 40After all that pushing and shoving we ended up inside, walking through to the back where we could head out into the gardens.

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Andrea Bocelli, Official Poster

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 42Its easy to see why the Caserta Palace is the largest royal resident. The grounds go on FOR-EV-ER and there are over 1200 rooms inside the palace itself. 1200 rooms! Could you imagine cleaning all that?!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 43As we waited for the concert to begin, Sherrie and I walked up to the main stage to have a look at things a bit closer. We were pretty far back there.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 44The stage up close and personal.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 45Then we got to talking to a few official photographers for the concert and they asked for a photo which we easily obliged, they also sent Sherrie a few photos that I’m going to share with you guys a bit later.

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Source: @Gianfrancocarozzareporter

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 50The moon was bright, not even the clouds could cover it.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 46As the orchestra warmed up, everyone waited on bated breath for Andrea Bocelli to come out. He’s a magnificent performer and he’s blind! Proof that you can be great at anything you set your mind to.

Just listen.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 47 Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 48Andrea Bocelli on stage. A truly amazing performer.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 49Andrea’s accompanying Soprano Alessandra Marianelli, has performed pieces by Mozart, Rossini, and Verdi.


Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 52Look how beautiful the spotlights of colors play off the palace as the backdrop. Its hard to believe it was real!

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 53The Maestro for the performance was Carlo Bernini, since 1986 he has been Andrea’s friend and artistic director. Since then the 2 of them have collaborated on concerts, operas, recordings, and classical discographies alongside the greatest conductors and international artists.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 54Spotlights reaching up into the sky, and the palace has turned yellow.

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It was truly a beautiful evening for an outdoor concert at the palace.

From the front of the stage with @GIANFRANCOCAROZZAREPORTER. Each of his photos are tagged as you can see below.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 65 Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 66 Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 67Lovely in black and white.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 68 Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 69So close from the front of the stage.

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Musicians

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Andrea Bocelli

 

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Photo with a bit better lighting

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 57Out came Le Div4s, 4 soprano singers that were created with an idea to spread the excellence of Italian music in the world using interpretation in four voices, respecting the original score.

I can’t say I loved them. I felt like they weren’t good enough to be paired with Andrea Bocelli’s voice, but its only my personal opinion and I couldn’t have done any singing at all in comparison.

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Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 58Trying to get a shot of the stringed instruments. 

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE:

It truly makes your heart soar when you listen to Andrea Bocelli and Alessandra Marianelli perform this song.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 59 Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 60Of course they got a standing ovation and they stood themselves. It was brilliant.

Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 61 Andrea Bocelli Concert, Caserta Palace Italy 62Just listen to the range of Andrea’s voice during the last few seconds of his finale. So impressive and mesmerizing. Simply beautiful.

Afterwards, we headed back to our van, jumped inside and sped off into the night. With big plans in the morning, it was straight to bed for us when we got home. More on that coming next!

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