Andrea Bocelli: Italian tenor praises Freddie Mercury and Queen – ‘A GIANT of rock’

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Andrea Bocelli: Italian tenor praises Freddie Mercury and Queen – ‘A GIANT of rock’

In more recent decades classical singers have performed duets with their pop and rock counterparts. Famously, Freddie Mercury led the way with his Barcelona song and album recorded with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Andrea Bocelli has shared how he likes to listen to Queen; praising both the band and Freddie Mercury.

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Andrea Bocelli: Italian tenor praises Freddie Mercury and Queen – ‘A GIANT of rock’

ANDREA BOCELLI has praised Freddie Mercury and Queen in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

In more recent decades classical singers have performed duets with their pop and rock counterparts. Famously, Freddie Mercury led the way with his Barcelona song and album recorded with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Andrea Bocelli has shared how he likes to listen to Queen; praising both the band and Freddie Mercury.

Bocelli enthused: “For sure, I greatly appreciate Freddie Mercury.

“A giant of rock music with an impressive vocal talent, as well as Queen and their immeasurable creativity, whose inspiration draws so much from melodrama.

“I find rock music itself entertaining and often very interesting, even if it’s not exactly my role to interpret this particular genre!”

Asked if Freddie Mercury did indeed help pave the way for his duet with Sarah Brightman, the 62-year-old agreed.

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Andrea Bocelli: Italian tenor praises Freddie Mercury and Queen – ‘A GIANT of rock’ (Image: GETTY)

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Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé performing Barcelona (Image: GETTY)

Bocelli said: “Certainly, this duet by Mercury and Caballé held significant importance with regards to the evolution of classical music into the mainstream during those years.

“I don’t particularly like labels and, as I have said in the past, I find a certain ambiguity in the term ‘crossover’.

“Music can, and should, be enjoyed by all without needing to fit into a particular box!”

The Italian tenor and Brightman had one of the best-selling singles of all time in Time to Say Goodbye.

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Andrea Bocelli’s Believe is released on Sugar/Decca Records on November 13, 2020 (Image: AB)

Bocelli tells us he would love to duet with her again, and also Ed Sheeran, who he sang with on 2017’s Perfect Symphony.

He said: “Why not! If there is an opportunity, I’d take it with great pleasure.

“The artists mentioned are two giants of music… The Time to Say Goodbye duet with Sarah made a critical contribution to the international launch of my career.

“More recently, with Ed, we have established a very beautiful and creative collaboration.”

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