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Bocelli Sings Childhood Favorites

November 5, 2002

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LONDON (AP) _ Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has returned to his childhood and dusted off some forgotten arias for his new album.

The Italian tenor’s latest album, ``Sentimento,″ is a collaboration with conductor and violinist Lorin Maazel. The pair wanted to revive a fashion for performing violin and voice duets.

``This is a collection of old songs, of arias that describe love. I am particularly fond of them because they also belong to my childhood,″ Bocelli said in an interview with Associated Press Television News, including tracks that include ``La Serenada.″

``They are also arias that have been unjustifiably forgotten. These are arias that have been loved more abroad than in my own country.″

Of the piece, ``En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor,″ Bocelli said it’s ``like a very strange sort of competition that is engendered between the voice and violin, which starts out as a competition but ends up as a form of collaboration which makes music.″

Born in 1958, the blind Bocelli grew up in a close-knit farming community in Tuscany, Italy, and became a lawyer before embarking on his musical career.

His 1994 debut album went platinum within weeks, and he become one of the world’s most successful recording artists, producing best-selling albums at a rate of around one a year.

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