Teatro del Silenzio

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Teatro del Silencio
(Theatre of Silence)
Address Lajatico, Tuscany
Coordinates 43°28′08″N 10°44′19″E / 43.468864°N 10.738519°E / 43.468864; 10.738519
Capacity 7,490,[1] 10,000 in 2010
Opened 27 July 2006
Architect Realitalia[2]

The Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence) is an Italian open air amphitheatre which is located in Lajatico, Tuscany — the hometown of Andrea Bocelli. In 2006, Bocelli influenced the municipality of his hometown Lajatico to build the outdoor theatre, and contributed greatly towards its construction.

The theatre hosts a concert by Bocelli, its honorary president, once every July, while remaining silent the rest of the year.[3]


Andrea Bocelli is honorary president of Teatro del Silenzio with Fabio Tedeschi, the mayor of Lajatico, president; and Enrico Fabbri, the boss of Fabbri, vice-president.[4]


Once a year in July the Teatro del Silenzio plays host to a concert. The concert includes performances by Andrea Bocelli and other guests.[5] To date there have been 11 concerts in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.[6]


The inaugural concert occurred 27 July 2006, and was performed in front of over five thousand people and included performances from the following.[7]

Teatro del Silenzio in 2007


The second concert took place 5 July 2007. The planned rehearsal the previous night was cancelled due to heavy winds, but the concert itself went ahead and included performances from pianist Lang Lang, trumpeter Chris Botti, saxophonist Kenny G, singers Laura Pausini, Elisa, Sarah Brightman, and Heather Headley, conductor Bill Ross,[9] the special guest was 14-time Grammy Award winning David Foster.[10] Performances from Bocelli included Con te partirò, Vivo per lei, Il Mare Calmo della Sera, and The Prayer.[10] Heather Headley was the other half of the duet in both Vivo per lei and The Prayer. Elisa performed La voce del silenzio, Laura Pausini sung Vivere, while Sarah Brightman performed Time to Say Goodbye as a duet with Bocelli and Canto della terra. Dueting with Bocelli on their respective instruments other performers included Lang Lang (Io ci sarò), Kenny G (A te), Chris Botti (Italia), and David Foster playing Because We Believe and a medley from Amore.

Vivere Live in Tuscany, the DVD of the concert was released January 29, 2008.


Four One Music & Events organised the third concert on 20 July 2008.[11]

Charice sang a duet of the song "The Prayer" with Bocelli, having only met for the first time 23 May 2008 when performing at a one-night tribute concert with David Foster at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip.


For 2009, eight sculptures, by Hans Peter Ditzler, were placed at the theatre[12][13] The concert took place on July 18. Among Bocelli's guests were opera legend Plácido Domingo, with whom he sang Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot and a duet from The Pearl Fishers, and Katherine Jenkins, with whom he sang "Time to Say Goodbye".


Sculptures by Swiss artist Kurt Laurenz Metzler, who attended the concert, were exhibited during the 2010 edition of the concert, and Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who was also in attendance, donated a Bronze statue she had made of Bocelli, to the city of Lajatico, in the afternoon just before the concert.

Bocelli held the fifth edition of the Teatro del Silenzio, on July 25, to an audience of 10,000, double the amount of the first edition of the annual Festival, held in 2006. His guests included one of the two surviving member of The Three Tenors, Spanish Catalan tenor, José Carreras, and Italian rock singer, Zucchero.

He was also awarded the Pisano Doc, during the dress rehearsal for the concert, July 24, "in recognition for a great citizen, who with his extraordinary art and his humanity brings great prestige, honor and respect to the city of Pisa."


The edition was held on July 12, 2012.


The 2013 edition of the annual concert was held on July 13, 2013. Numbers included a cover of "Love Me Tender" initially performed by Elvis Presley and Italian renditions of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" and Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose". Guests included tenor Riccardo Cocciante. As is tradition, Andrea Bocelli performed "Time to Say Goodbye" at the end of the concert.


The 2016 edition of the concert themed 'Le Cirque' was held on July 30, 2016 with a dress rehearsal open to the public on July 29, 2016. The performance mostly consisted of selections from some of the most well known operas with a few 'pop' numbers in the mix. Andrea Bocelli was joined by the legendary South Korean lyrical soprano, Sumi Jo as well as Leo Nucci, Gianfranco Montesor, Svetla Vassileva, Tiziana Carraro, Frederico Longhi, Giuseppe Raimondo, Carmelo Corrado Caruso, Paulo Pecchioli, and I Cantori di Burlamacco.[14] The program was as follows: Primo Parte:

~'La Strada' di N. Rota (Orchestra el Teatro 'Carlo Felice' di Genova)

~'Pagliacci' di R. Leoncavallo -Prologo e Vesti la Giubba (Leo Nucci & Andrea Bocelli

~'Rigoletto' di G. Verdi - Caro Nome, Piangi Fanciulla, e La Donna e Mobile (Sumi Jo, Leo Nucci e Andrea Bocelli

~'Lucia di Lammermoor' di G. Donizetti -Verranno a te sull'aure (A. Bocelli e Sumi Jo)

~'Carmen' di G Bizet -Les voici (Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice di enova e i Cantori di Burlamacco)

~'Aida' di Verdi -Gran Finale Atto 2 (Ensemble)

Seconda Parte:

~'Danza delle Spade' di A. Khachaturian (Orchestra)

~'La Frza Del Destino' di Verdi -Invano Alvaro (A. Boceli e Leo Nucci)

~'Sunrise' di G. Allevi (G. Allevi e Orchestra)

~'La Danza' di G. Rossini (A.Bocelli e G Alllevi)

~'Andrea Chenier' di U. Giordano -Si, Fui Soldato e Vicino a te S'aqueta (A. Bocellu e Svetla Vassileva)

~'Marcia dei Gladiatori' de J. Fucik (Orchestra)

~Il trovatore' Verdi -L'onda de' suoni mistici/Di quella pira (Bocelli, Vassileva, e Matteo Bocelli

~'Un Ballo in Maschera' Verdi -Eri tu che macchiavi e Su, profetessa... (L. Nucci, A. Bocelli)

~'La Boheme' Puccini -Atto 2 (Ensemble)

~'Nelle tue Mani' (A. Bocelli) [15]


The site of Teatro del Silenzio also incorporates sculptures by artists. Sculptures have been selected to be exhibited on a platform in the centre of the lake. In 2008, Mario Ceroli's "Il Cavallo di Bronzo", a bronze horse was displayed with past sculptures including Arnaldo Pomodoro's "Il Grande Sole", and works by Igor Mitoraj and Kurt Laurenz Metzler.

A panoramic view of the theater and the surrounding landscape.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Capacity for 2008 based on this seating plan.
  2. ^ Tyzack, Anna (2008-05-31). "Property overseas: Unsung Italy". Telegraph.co.uk. London: Telegraph Group Limited. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ "The location: "Il Teatro Del Silenzio"". faltone.it. Faltone. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  4. ^ Sernaglia (2008-09-11). "Italy's fairground-ride cluster". The Economist. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Celine and Charice blow Garden away". Filipino Reporter. New York Press Club. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  6. ^ BBC Two 18:50 (GMT) (2007-12-25). Andrea Bocelli: The Story Behind the Voice (Television documentary). BBC. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  7. ^ "Tatro del Silenzio 2006". lajatico.info. medialife.it. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.orchestrafilarmonicaitaliana.it/
  9. ^ "Tatro del Silenzio 2007". lajatico.info. medialife.it. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  10. ^ a b "Andrea Bocelli - Career". andreabocelli.com. Andrea Bocelli. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  Career → 2007 → 06 07.07.05
  11. ^ "Andrea Bocelli - Il Teatro del Silenzio - 20 Luglio 2008" (in Italian). Four One Music and Events. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
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  14. ^ http://www.repubblica.it/speciali/spettacoli/teatro-del-silenzio2016/2016/07/26/news/teatro_del_silenzio_2016-144863179/&usg=ALkJrhhuuy62rzUyzzJxzm2RaN-t40F1uQ
  15. ^ https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1757553-d4300955-Reviews-Il_Teatro_Del_Silenzio-Lajatico_Province_of_Pisa_Tuscany.html