Andrea Bocelli: „I am going to Medjugorje to receive a message, not to give a message”

date: 01.08.2008.

Andrea Bocelli, one of the greatest tenors of our times, will give a concert in Medjugorje on August 7th at 9 PM. He will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, the soprano Paola Sanguinetti and the Mixed choir of the Croatian National Theater from Split.

This concert is being announces as one of the most important cultural events of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Andrea Bocelli was born in the village Lajatico in Tuscany, Italy, on September 22, 1958, where he grew up on a family farm. At the age of twelve, he los his sight. He graduated in Law and worked for a while in his profession. As a child, he was enthusiastic about the opera and the traditional Italian music. This love for music determined his later life. Today, he affirms that music helps him to live.

Before the concert in Medjugorje, he said that this would be a “unique experience”. He also spoke about faith. “Those who have no faith, have difficulties to find reasons to live and always risk to be disappointed, because life without faith is a tragedy and ends as a drama. Faith helps us to live, in itself it is a reason to live.” He added: “Life is a trial and in this sense, faith has an important place and is a solution for many problems”.

When asked about a message to give to those in Bosnia and Herzegovina who are waiting joyfully and impatiently for his concert, he answered:

“I am going to Medjugorje to receive a message, not to give a message. The only message that I can give is contained and hidden in the notes of the songs that I am singing, I have nothing to add.”