Passione (Andrea Bocelli album)

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Studio album by Andrea Bocelli
Released 29 January 2013
Recorded January-February,
Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop, traditional pop, vocal, latin
Length 52:01
Language Italian, Spanish
Label Universal, Verve,[1] Decca,[2] Universal Latino, Sugar
Producer David Foster
Andrea Bocelli chronology
Singles from Passione
  1. "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás"
    Released: December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)

Passione is the fourteenth studio album by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, released on 29 January 2013.[3] The album is a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado and a virtual duet with Edith Piaf. It was produced by multiple Grammy-winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster who co-produced Bocelli's 2006 Latin album Amore. A Spanish version of the album titled Pasión is set to be released through Universal Latino label.


The album features a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado and Edith Piaf. Bocelli sings in six languages, Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Neapolitan. Instrumentalists include Foster on piano, along with Peruvian guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, trumpeter Chris Botti, and a 63-piece orchestra.

Passione includes Elvis Presley's “Love Me Tender”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, “Sarà Settembre”, a version of Neil Diamond’s “September Morn” with Italian lyrics written by Bocelli and Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks'. Bocelli sings “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez and “Corcovado” with Nelly Furtado, and a virtual duet of "La Vie en rose" with the late French singer Edith Piaf is also included.

Promotion and release[edit]

Bocelli released the studio album on January 29 on the Sugar, Decca, and Verve music labels.


In December 2012, Bocelli performed "When I Fall in Love" and The Prayer with Helene Fischer on her German show, and on RTL's Ultimative Chart Show.


On January 9, Bocelli appeared on the magazine C a Vous on France 5, and sang "La Vie en rose". On the 12, he was interviewed on the radio show On Repeint la Musique on France Bleu.

On February 1, Bocelli gave an interview to the radio show Passion Classique on the Radio Classique station.

On February 3, Bocelli took part in an episode of Là où je t'emmènerai on TF1

On February 8, "Laissez-vous tenter" on RTL radio featured a short interview with Bocelli and played selections of Passione.

On March 31, Michel Drucker's Vivement Dimanche featured a performance of Bocelli singing "La vie en rose".


Bocelli gave an interview about Passione in his home for María Teresa Campos's show "¡Qué tiempo tan feliz!" on Telecinco.[4]

United Kingdom

On January 23, Bocelli performed on ITV's This Morning and was interviewed by Becky Want on her radio show on BBC Radio Manchester.[5]

On January 25, Bocelli and his partner Veronica were both interviewed by Alan Titchmarsh on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

On February 6, Bocelli was interviewed by Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid on BBC Breakfast.[6]

United States

On January 27, Bocelli began promoting the album in the States on QVC. He sang ten songs from the album, including "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" and "Corcovado" with Natalie Cole filling in for Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado. The standard edition of Passione, along with a bonus cd with 6 tracks from Bocelli's 2006 album Amore was offered to QVC viewers.[7]

On January 28, Bocelli performed songs from the album at the iHeart Radio theater presented by P. C. Richard & Son, in 32 Avenue of the Americas, in New York City. The concert was streamed live on the Internet radio platform iHeartRadio.[8]

On January 29, Bocelli performed accompanied on piano by David Foster a solo version of "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" and "Love Me Tender" on ABC's Good Morning America.[9]

On January 30, Bocelli and Foster performed "Sara' Settembre" on The View following a brief interview with Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.

On February 1, Bocelli performed "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

On February 12, Bocelli was interviewed about the album, by María Celeste Arrarás, on Telemundo's Al Rojo Vivo.[10]

On April 9, Bocelli sang “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez on Dancing with the Stars.

Passione Tour[edit]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
First Leg: Valentine Concert[11]
February 8, 2013 Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States BankAtlantic Center
Box office score data
Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
BankAtlantic Center Fort Lauderdale, Florida 11,920 / 12,402 (96%) $1,990,015[12]
Total 11,920 / 12,402 (96%) $1,990,015

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Favorable[13]
Daily Express 4/5 stars[14]
The Independent 3/5 stars[15]

The album was well received by critics.

Adrian Edwards, of the BBC, praised Bocelli for "his relaxed manner belying an innate artistry as he moves from the classical style into a popular vein with consummate ease. His delivery is such that we hear his core feeling for each language, which colours his special timbre." He also complemented Foster for "the employment of instrumental colours from saxophone, guitar, flute and accordion across the palette, played by distinguished instrumentalists, adds variety to deft arrangements of some very familiar songs." However, regarding the virtual duet with "Piaf", he said "not even modern studio techniques can disguise the shortcomings of the original recording."[13]

Stephen Unwin, of the Daily Express, gave the album 4/5, stating that Bocelli "proves yet again that his voice is universal and his song choices commercially palatable." He also said that "a more interesting duet is La Vie En Rose with the late Edith Piaf, though production from multi-Grammy winner David Foster ensures a meticulously romantic collection of slushy international classics."[14]

Andy Gill, The Independent's music critic, gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, mainly praising Bocelli's delivery in “Era Gia' Tutto Prevista”, “Perfidia” and “Roma Nun Fa' La Stupida Stasera”.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Passione entered the UK album charts at No.9,[16] making it his eighth album to reach the top ten in the country.[17] The following week, the album jumped two spots to No.7.[18]

Passione become Bocelli's seventh top 10 set on the Billboard 200 chart, by debuting at No. 2 with 94,000 copies sold. Thus the set ties Bocelli's earlier runner-up title, 2009's My Christmas, which spent five consecutive weeks stuck at No. 2, as his highest charting Billboard 200 album to date.[19] Passione was however the top selling physical album in the States, seeing as only 10% of its total sales were from Digital downloads.[19] The following week, with three new entries to the chart, the album dropped three spots to No. 5 with 51,000 copies sold, making it the No. 2 holdover of the week.[20] The album remained in the top 10, at No. 9, on its third week, with 48,000 copies sold, down just 6%, perhaps owing to gift purchases made for Valentine's Day.[21]

Pasion, the Spanish version of the album, also debuted at No. 59 on the Billboard 200, with 7,000 sold. The album also topped the Latin Albums chart, Bocelli's second No. 1, following 2009's Mi Navidad, the Spanish version of My Christmas.[19]

Track listings[edit]

Passione standard edition[22]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Perfidia"   Alberto Domínguez David Foster 4:08
2. "Roma Nun Fa' La Stupida Stasera"   Armando Trovaioli Foster 4:14
3. "Champagne"   Depsa, Jodice, Di Francia Foster 3:49
4. "Anema e core"   Salvatore d'Esposito Foster 4:10
5. "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" (Jennifer Lopez) Osvaldo Farrés Foster 3:18
6. "Era già tutto previsto"   Riccardo Cocciante Foster 3:43
7. "Tristeza"     Foster 3:24
8. "La Vie en rose" (Virtual duet with Edith Piaf) Louis Guglielmi, Édith Piaf Foster 3:08
9. "Corcovado - Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars" (Nelly Furtado) Antônio Carlos Jobim Foster 3:36
10. "Sara' Settembre (September Morn)"   Andrea Bocelli, Neil Diamond Foster 3:42
11. "Love In Portofino"   Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione Foster 3:01
12. "Garota De Ipanema"   Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes Foster 3:38
13. "Malafemmena"   Totò Foster 4:18
14. "Love Me Tender"   Elvis Presley, George R. Poulton, Ken Darby Foster 3:52

Love In Portofino[edit]

Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino was released in cinemas on February 14, 2013.[27]

The movie is of a Bocelli concert in Portofino, Italy, recorded in August 2012, where he performed songs from Passione, with an ensemble of supporting artists, including violinist Caroline Campbell, German star Helene Fischer, Brazilian singer-songwriter Sandy, trumpeter Chris Botti, and Bocelli's partner Veronica Berti joining him for a duet of "Somethin' Stupid", all backed by a 40 piece orchestra.

The world premiere of the release, with Andrea Bocelli in attendance, took place in London on January 21, 2013.

On March 3, 2013 the film aired continuously on PBS stations nationwide.[28]


  • Director: David Horn
  • Executive Producers: Filippo Sugar and David Horn
  • Executive Producer for Additional Footage: Alfred Chubb
  • Producers: Andrea Cotromano and Mitch Owgang
  • Music Production: David Foster

Featured Songs[edit]

  • Cinema Paradiso (featuring Chris Botti)
  • Senza fne
  • Anema e core (featuring Caroline Campbell)
  • Quizás, quizás, quizás
  • A mano a mano
  • Perfidia
  • Champagne
  • Corcovado (featuring Sandy)
  • Tristeza
  • La vie en rose
  • Something Stupid (featuring Veronica Berti)
  • Besame mucho
  • Love Me Tender
  • September Morn
  • When I Fall in Love (featuring Helene Fischer, Chris Botti)
  • Roma nun fa' la stupida stasera
  • Era già tutto previsto
  • Love in Portofino (featuring Caroline Campbell)
  • My Way

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[60] Gold 40,000^
Colombia (ASINCOL)[61] Gold 5,000
Hungary (Mahasz)[62] Gold 3,000x
Italy (FIMI)[63] Gold 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[64] Platinum 20,000*
Portugal (AFP)[65] Gold 10,000x
United States (RIAA)[66] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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