Céline Dion is the powerhouse pop ballad princess we all know and love. Andrea Bocelli is the Italian opera singer whose voice has often been described as “the most beautiful in the world.” So, can you imagine the glory of their voices combined?
You don’t have to! The pair have been dear friends and occasional duet companions for years, but this revisitation of the Golden Globe-winning song “The Prayer” will surely move you to tears. It’s perhaps their most touching performance together, ever.
The song was originally penned and sung in 1998 for the Quest for Camelot film soundtrack. It was so well received that it won Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards, and was even nominated for the same award at the Oscars.
Photo by Denise Truscellowith Andrea and his son Matteo
It was, therefore, nothing short of spectacular to see these two phenomenally talented singers grace the stage at the same time once again. They came together for a reunion rendition of the song that touched the hearts of millions.
The icing on the cake? Dion and Bocelli sang with a full, classical orchestra on stage in New York City’s Central Park, and the singers’ individual voices blended effortlessly.
This duet gave us goosebumps. The heartfelt song might even sound better today than it did in the nineties; there’s a reason it has over 77 million views on YouTube!
Dion, 51, once famously said that “if God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” The Canadian singer’s love for her duet partner is plain to see on the Central Park stage; she looks fondly upon Bocelli, now 60, as he sings his refrain, and periodically holds his hand so that the pair stay connected throughout.
After a devastating football accident at the age of 12, Bocelli was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. Tragically, he went blind. But it never held him back; since the 1980s, crossover artist Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music and has sold over 90 million records worldwide.
Dion and Bocelli together, however, are a force to be reckoned with. The critics thought so, too. Billboard magazine called their haunting duet “a breathtaking, ultra-lush song [which] will send a half-dozen chills up your spine.”
Those who watched Dion and Bocelli’s Central Park reunion from the comfort of their own homes thought so too. “I’ve never watched Dion live before,” wrote one YouTube viewer. “It’s surprising that she sounds exactly the same! So many artists are tweaked and polished to sound better,” they added, “but she’s the same and it’s effortless.”
“Canadian and Italian legends together,” wrote another. “Wow! What a beautiful piece of art.”
Art, indeed! “If I am honest,” Bocelli revealed, speaking to The Telegraph back in 2015, “I absolutely hate to speak. Singing is the only way I have to express myself fully.”
“I feel art is a cryptic language,” the singer continued, “but once it is deciphered, it is a much more profound language than the spoken word.”
If you haven’t seen Dion and Bocelli’s magnificent duet performance yet, then find a comfy seat and buckle up; it is sure to take your breath away.