I’ve seen it said that there’s a valid argument that the world doesn’t need another cover of the late great Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The classic song has been recorded and reimagined by literally hundreds of performers in the decades following its release in 1984. Today, at the end of 2020, it’s hard to imagine that an artist can bring something new and interesting to this beautiful song (one of my favorite songs, by the way). However, what we didn’t count on was the great Andrea Bocelli tackling it with his little girl, eight-year-old Virginia Bocelli. And we didn’t bet on them singing it in an empty Italian opera house, either.
Of course, it’s just as divine as you could possibly imagine it would be. However, what’s surprising is that Virginia actually has a remarkable range. We’ve heard Virginia sing before, of course, and even written about it. However, it seems that her vocal skills have grown and it seems a certain bet that she will become one of the celebrated members of this musical family, just as her older brother Matteo has done. The 62-year-old Bocelli and his sweet little girl performed the song, along with other songs, in the empty Teatro Regio di Parma on December 12th.
The performance was part of a concert that the pair performed featuring a mix of seasonal songs and standards from Bocelli’s most recent album, “Believe.” The father and daughter duo sat on the stage and they were surrounded by small lights. Andrea played guitar while he and Virginia sang this beautiful song in a mixture of English and Italian. They were accompanied by an orchestra.
In an Instagram post, Bocelli wrote that “True beauty is poetry, music, and truth.” I think that pretty much says it all and we can’t disagree with him. He went on to thank his “little Virginia,” calling her his “favourite fan.” Watch this enchanting video below.