Concerto: One Night in Central Park

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Concerto, One Night in Central Park
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Live album (with DVD) by Andrea Bocelli
Released November 15, 2011[1]
Recorded Central Park, New York
Genre Pop, Classical
Label Decca,[1] Sugar,[2] Universal
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Concerto: One Night in Central Park
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Andrea Bocelli DVD video chronology
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Live in Central Park

Concerto: One Night in Central Park is a live album by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.[3]

The album was recorded September 15, 2011, during a concert at the Central Park's Great Lawn, in New York. Guest performers included Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende, and music producer David Foster.[4]

PBS Announced that it would broadcast the concert nationwide, as Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park.[5]

The album, immediately upon release, entered the Billboard Top 10 and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.[6]


It was announced that Bocelli will give a free concert sponsored by Barilla, in September, on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City.[7]

After the announcement Bocelli declared that, "I cannot help but smile when thinking about the upcoming concert in Central Park. It was my father's dream, and my father was right, because my artistic path would have been entirely different without the strong and sincere embrace of this extraordinary city where everything is possible, even when it seems impossible." Bocelli continues, "My father will not be there, but I can count on his blessing and his kind and gentle smile to give me courage. My mother, sitting in the front row, will feel my father too, and they will be together again just like when I was a little boy performing on the fireplace steps. Perhaps they had secretly dreamed that I might have the opportunity to perform in New York City, and maybe right here in Central Park."[7]

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "The Great Lawn in Central Park is one of the most remarkable and beautiful outdoor venues in the world and it is a great pleasure to welcome Andrea Bocelli back to New York to perform there. This free concert will be a memorable cultural moment for the thousands of New Yorkers and visitors that will watch the event live in the park, and many, many more through the broadcast by WNET."[7]

New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said, "I join the Mayor and all New Yorkers in thanking Andrea Bocelli and all involved in making a beautiful autumn evening full of splendor and world-class music possible, in one of the most cherished outdoor places in New York City. From the Great Lawn in the heart of Manhattan to the Great Performances series on WNET, where millions more will be able to share this gift, it will be a very special occasion. A million thank yous. Grazie mille!"[7]

During the concert that took place September 15, during a rainy day, Bocelli was accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.[4] He was also joined on stage by singers Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Bryn Terfel, Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, instrumentalists Chris Botti, Andrea Griminelli and Nicola Benedetti, and producer David Foster.[4]

The concert took place September 15, and was attended by 70,000 people, including Mayor Bloomberg, Sting and Donald Trump.[8][9]

Release and promotion

Tickets for the concert at Central Park were made available August 4, 2011, following Bocelli's performance on Today, and the 60,000 tickets were sold out within the next few hours.[10] The CD and DVD were released in over 70 countries,[11] on November 15, 2011.[1]

In November he performed "More" at the Alan Titchmarsh Show in the United Kingdom, and Dancing with the Stars in the United States,[12][13] and "Amazing Grace" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[12]

Bocelli later made television appearances include BBC Breakfast and the televised concert, Children in need, at the MEN Arena, in Manchester,[14] in the UK, and Good Morning America and The Talk, in the States, which aired in December.[12]

Bocelli gave 5 concerts in the United States in December. In the meantime, the concert at Central Park, hosted by American journalist Paula Zahn, was airing throughout the United States and Canada, by PBS, on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances series, and in Italy, by Rai 2 and Sky Uno.[12]

In February 2012, Bocelli gave three Valentine concerts, including one at the Amway Center in Orlando Florida, setting the all time ticket sales record by besting the previous record set by pop singer Lady Gaga.[15]

In November and December 2012, he returned to the States to perform in 6 concerts.

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
First Leg: North American Christmas Concerts[16]
December 1, 2011 Columbus, Ohio United States Nationwide Arena
December 2, 2011 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
December 4, 2011 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum
December 10, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 11, 2011 Anaheim, California Honda Center
Second Leg: North American Valentine Concerts[17]
February 10, 2012 Austin, Texas United States Frank Erwin Center
February 12, 2012 Orlando, Florida Amway Center
February 14, 2012 Fort Lauderdale, Florida BankAtlantic Center
Third Leg: UK and Ireland Fall Concerts[18]
November 6, 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
November 8, 2012 Belfast United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
November 10, 2012 Birmingham LG Arena
November 11, 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena
November 14, 2012 London The O2 Arena
November 15, 2012
Fourth Leg: North American Fall Concerts[19]
November 23, 2012 San Jose, California United States HP Pavilion
November 24, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 28, 2012 Houston,Texas Toyota Center
November 30, 2012 Dallas,Texas American Airlines Center
December 2, 2012 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena
December 5, 2012 Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center
Box office score data
Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Verizon Center Washington, D.C. 11,713 / 12,560 (93%) $2,058,345[20]
St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, Florida 12,560 / 12,900 (97%) $2,109,295[21]
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada 11,530 / 12,220 (94%) $2,405,217[22]
Honda Center Anaheim, California 10,092 / 11,460 (88%) $1,869,710[22]
Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas 9,830 / 10,902 (90%) $1,630,337[23]
Amway Center Orlando, Florida 10,526 / 11,601 (91%) $1,620,171[24]
BankAtlantic Center Fort Lauderdale, Florida 13,312 / 13,312 (100%) $2,209,915[23]
The O2 Arena London, England 22,298 / 24,234 (92%) $3,293,450[25]
HP Pavilion San Jose, California 11,821 / 12,440 (95%) $1,716,348[26]
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada 11,142 / 12,282 (91%) $2,206,376[26]
Toyota Center Houston,Texas 12,162 / 12,764 (95%) $2,084,373[27]
American Airlines Center Dallas,Texas 12,672 / 13,165 (96%) $1,987,681[27]
Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois 13,307 / 13,307 (100%) $2,277,227[27]
Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York 13,275 / 13,275 (100%) $2,522,257[28]
Total 176,240 / 186,281 (95%) $29,990,702

Commercial performance

Concerto: One Night in Central Park entered the Billboard 200 at No. 4 with 87,000 copies sold, becoming Bocelli's sixth top 10 effort, while My Christmas, his 2009 album, climbed from No. 62 to 36, with 17,000 copies sold, up 83% from the previous week.[6] On its second week, the album fell to No. 14, with nearly 65,000 copies sold, down 25%, while My Christmas fell to No. 50, with 23,000. copies. On its third week, Concerto returned to the top 10, jumping to No. 8, with 61,000 copies, down 6%,[29] while My Christmas rebounded to No. 17 with 35,000 copies sold, making Bocelli the only artist with two albums in the top 20 that week.[30] The following week, Concerto jumped two spots to No. 6, with 79,000 copies sold, up 14%,[31][32] while Bocelli continued to be the only artist with two albums in the top 20 for a second consecutive week, as My Christmas also rose to No. 16, with 49,000 copies sold.[33] In its fifth week of release the album sold 76,000 more copies, down 3%, sliding just two positions to No. 8 on the chart,[34] while my Christmas fell to No. 19, with 48,000 copies sold, giving Bocelli yet another week with 2 albums in the Top 20. On its sixth week of release, the live album dropped to No. 13,[35] while the Christmas album dropped to No. 36,[36] slipping to No. 2 on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart after spending 3 straight week a top the chart.[37] Selling a total of 460,000 copies in less than 2 month in the States, Concerto was the 8th best selling album during the 2011 holiday season.[38]

The album entered at No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart, spending the last 6 weeks of 2011 in the top 30 of the chart. With 154,800 copies sold by year end, it finished at No. 77 on the Top 100 Best Selling Albums of 2011 list. The album also topped the Classical Compilation Albums Chart of the Official Charts.[39]

Track listing

Standard listing[40]
No. Title Writer(s) From Length
1. "La Donna è Mobile"   Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto 2:15
2. "Di Quella Pira"   Verdi Il Trovatore 2:15
3. "Ellens dritter Gesang "Central Park Version""   Franz Schubert Opus 52 4:44
4. "Vicino a te s'acqueta" (feat. Ana Maria Martinez) Umberto Giordano Andrea Chénier 16:24
5. "Au Fond du Temple Saint" (feat. Bryn Terfel) Georges Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles 5:55
6. "O Soave Fanciulla" (feat. Pretty Yende) Giacomo Puccini La bohème 4:04
7. "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (feat. Yende, Terfel, and Martinez) Verdi La traviata 3:08
8. "Amazing Grace"   John Newton Olney Hymns 4:20
9. "New York, New York" (feat. Tony Bennett) Fred Ebb, John Kander New York, New York 3:26
10. "The Prayer" (feat. Celine Dion) David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa, Tony Renis Quest for Camelot 4:29
11. "More (Ti Guarderò nel Cuore)" (feat. Chris Botti and David Foster) Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero Mondo cane 3:47
12. "Your Love (Once Upon a Time in the West)"   Ennio Morricone Once Upon a Time in the West 3:46
13. "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" (feat. David Foster) Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliacci 1958 Eurovision Song Contest 3:22
14. "Funiculì, Funiculà" (feat. Andrea Griminelli) Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco Opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius 2:35
15. "En Aranjuez con Tu Amor" (feat. Nicola Benedetti) Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez 3:33
16. "Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)" (feat. Ana Maria Martinez) Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto Theme song for boxer Henry Maske's final match 4:13
17. "Nessun Dorma"   Giacomo Puccini Turandot 4:07

Charts and certifications

Year-end charts

Chart (2011) Position
Hungarian Albums Chart 54
Italian FIMI Albums Chart 24
UK Albums Chart 77
Chart (2012) Position
Canadian Albums Chart[54] 47
Hungarian Albums Chart[55] 38
US Top Billboard 200 Albums[56] 42
US Top Classical Albums[57] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Brazil (ABPD)[58] Gold 15,000
Italy (FIMI)[59] Platinum 60,000
Poland (ZPAV)[60] Gold 10,000
United States (RIAA)[61] Gold 500,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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