Italian operatic maestro Andrea Bocelli graced the stage at The O2 Arena on in 2007 for the venue’s inaugural classical gala. Bocelli was accompanied by the legendary soprano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa with flute virtuoso’s, Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway.
Andrea’s official start to his singing career came in 1992 when the great Luciano Pavarotti put him forward for a duet with Italian rock star Zucchero. During Zucchero's European tour Andrea went on to take Pavarotti's place on stage. After this the tenor rose to meteoric stardom, with his first album release ‘Il Mare Calmo Della Sera’ going platinum within two weeks.
As one of the best- known and well respected tenors in the world Andrea has collaborated with a distinguished number of artists from all genres of music, including Bryan Ferry and Al Jarreu. In 1996 he sang with English soprano Sarah Brightman on a duet version of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, which broke record sales across Europe and stayed in the German top ten for nearly six months.