Two Bocellis are better than one.
Andrea released a video of his duet with daughter Virginia as they took on Leonard Cohen’s now timeless hit, “Hallelujah“.
So it was only a matter of time before we would see this adorable little girl on stage with her father. Little Virginia is a natural, having her father’s talents and her mother Veronica’s charm and beauty.
Andrea and Virginia took the stage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Forida where the young lady made her US debut.
Eight year old Virginia stands beside her seated father who plays the guitar for this rendition just like in the music video. No drama here, just Andrea plucking on the strings while Virginia serenades the audience with her singing.
You can tell she’s been trained well. I wonder who’s been helping her?
When Andrea takes over in Italian, his silky smooth tone carries the song to new heights. Virginia sings along, matching her father without drowning him out or fading herself.
Virginia prefers English apparently. Andrea shares on his website,
“Virginia is more fluent in English than in Italian, to the point that she thinks in English in her little head. When she was younger, I would try to speak English with her in front of other people, while we were abroad. But she answered in Italian and I asked her why. She said: “Dad, it’s because you can’t understand English!”
Not that dad would mind anyway.
“She is our princess. She is the family’s sunshine. It is no coincidence that Virginia was born on the first day of spring, which is also the day when Veronica and I got married.”
Andrea says fondly of his lovely little girl.
Leonard Cohen released “Hallelujah” in 1984 to little success. The lyrics are full of stark biblical imagery, and Cohen’s low, dry croak added to the mystique of the song. It took a few years before various artists took to the studio to record their own versions.
But it was the film Shrek (2001) and John Cale’s rendition that people began to take notice of the song.
To be honest, it does tend to linger in your head once you hear it. So much so that you unconsciously find yourself humming or singing the song. It’s got that basic rock feel to it laced with a hint of gospel.
What makes the song so endearing, so to speak, is that it lends itself well to a variety of styles. Go ahead and listen to all the other renditions then listen to Andrea and Virginia here. See what I mean?
Or maybe it’s because this is Andrea Bocelli. The man with the voice that Celine Dion says “would be God’s singing voice”. Or something to that effect.
As wonderful as this duet is, seeing a father proudly share the stage with his princess must be one of his favorite achievements. Considering the many awards and accolades he has. This is Andrea’s “Hallelujah“.
Watch and listen to the Bocellis’ beautiful live duet below!
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