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Andrea Bocelli returns to Verizon Center on December 12th as part of December 2013 Tour

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Andrea Bocelli returns to Verizon Center on December 12th as part of December 2013 Tour

WASHINGTON - Andrea Bocelli will return to the U.S. for a select run of concerts in December 2013 beginning Dec. 7, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and includes a Dec. 12, 2013 show at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

As is now tradition, Andrea Bocelli’s holiday timed U.S. tours receive “rousing ovations” year after year. Bocelli’s tours continue to be among the most praised in the touring season. As the Tampa Bay Times put it, “It's not often you can hear a crowd's collective breath being taken away. But it happened, again and again,” making this December tour the perfect welcome to the Holiday season.

The December 2013 Tour comes in support of Andrea Bocelli’s recent release Passione, which debuted at #2 on the overall Billboard Charts, along with a brand new PBS television special “Love in Portofino” which promises to be the highlight of the PBS March pledge season.

Passione is a lush collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with global pop stars Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and the late Edith Piaf. The album reunites Bocelli with 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, who produced Bocelli’s 2006 release Amore, which sold more than 4.2 million copies.

With over 70 million record sales, Bocelli also earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by occupying first, second and third place on the American classical music charts. Celine Dion famously commented on Bocelli’s talent, saying, “If God would have a singing voice, He would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.”

Bocelli’s name is also frequently found heading the list of artists appearing at events like this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, and at concerts to support causes such as aid for the earthquake victims of the Abruzzo, alongside stars such as Angela Gheorghiu in evocative venues like the Colosseum in Rome.

Andrea Bocelli will be joined by conductor Eugene Kohn, soprano Svetla Vassileva, and world-renowned guest vocalist Heather Headley for an unforgettable evening.

Andrea Bocelli continually receives rave reviews throughout his sold-out U.S. tours as an artist, showing confidence and mastery in both classical and pop worlds. “His tone was smooth and brimmed with emotion…he owned Madison Square Garden,” celebrated the New York Post.

The Sun Sentinel concurred, stating, “Bocelli’s singing moves people…He brought suave phrasing and affecting emotion to an arrangement of Italian songs.” The Hollywood Reporter rejoiced, “It was a triumphant appearance.”

With one of the most recognizable voices in music, Andrea Bocelli is a global icon who continues to defy categorization bringing his music to millions world-wide.

Tickets for the Dec. 12 show at Verizon Center will go on sale April 8 through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Verizon Center box office, online at Ticketmaster or via Phonecharge at 1-800-745-3000. For more information please visit www.verizoncenter.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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