Sacred Arias (Andrea Bocelli album)

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Sacred Arias
Bocelli Sacred Arias.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09)
LabelPhilips Records
Andrea Bocelli chronology
Sacred Arias

Sacred Arias (Italian: Arie Sacre), is the sixth studio album by Andrea Bocelli.

Released in 1999, the album, featuring music composed in traditional Christian styles, is not only Bocelli's most commercially successful classical album to date with over 5 million copies sold,[1] but also the biggest selling classical album by any solo artist in history.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Vavilov (misattrib. to Caccini): "Ave Maria (Funeral for a Friend)"
  2. Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – "Sancta Maria"
  3. Gounod: "Ave Maria"
  4. Schubert: Ellens Gesang, Op. 52/6, D 839 – "Ave Maria"
  5. Franck: "Panis angelicus"
  6. Rossini: Stabat Mater – "Cujus Animam"
  7. Verdi: Requiem – "Ingemisco"
  8. Mozart: "Ave verum corpus", K. 618
  9. Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91/1 – "Der Engel"
  10. Handel: Serse, HWV 40 – "Frondi tenere ... Ombra mai fu"
  11. Niedermeyer: "Pietà, Signore"
  12. Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle – "Domine Deus"
  13. Schubert: Wiegenlied, Op. 98/2, D 498 – "Mille Cherubini In Coro"
  14. Gruber: "Silent Night"
  15. Wade: "Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)"
  16. Lécot: "Gloria A Te, Cristo Gesù"
  17. Georges Bizet: "Agnus Dei" (Bonus)
  18. Eric Lévi: "I Believe" (Bonus)



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[7] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[8] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[9] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[10] 2× Gold 200,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[11] 4× Platinum 400,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[12] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[13] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[14] Platinum 100,000*
Sweden (GLF)[15] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[19]
Gold 50,000^
Europe (IFPI)[20] Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide 5,000,000[1]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


In 2000, the album led Bocelli to receive an ECHO Klassik for "Bestseller of the year", as well as a 2000 Classical BRIT Award for "Album of the year", and a Goldene Europa for classical music, in 2000.[21]

PBS special[edit]

Sacred Arias: The Home Video, a DVD of a 1999 concert, filmed in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome and conducted by Myung-whun Chung, of the music of the album was also released. The concert aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Sacred Arias Special Edition, a two disc set was also released in 2003, containing the DVD of the album.


  1. ^ a b c Crossover superstar Andrea Bocelli finds beauty in wide range of music The Columbus Dispatch, Nov 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Andrea Bocelli Biography Archived 2011-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sacred Arias chart performance
  4. ^ Sacred Arias on the Billboard charts
  5. ^ "Listen - Danmarks Officielle Hitliste - Udarbejdet af AIM Nielsen for IFPI Danmark - Uge 50". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Copenhagen. 1999-12-19.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2020-09-10.
  7. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Arie Sacre" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  8. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2000". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias". Music Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  10. ^ "French album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Airs Sacrés" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  11. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Sacred Arias in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  12. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  14. ^ "Polish album certifications – Anrrea Bocelli – Sacral Arias" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  15. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  16. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Andrea Bocelli; 'Sacred Arias')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 October 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  19. ^ "American video certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 October 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH. 
  20. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Bocelli awards in 2000".

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