Winter at Tantora – AlUla
AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – At a concert not soon to be forgotten. The world’s most beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli took the stage at Maraya in the ancient desert city of AlUla on Friday the 21st of January.
The performance marks the maestro’s fourth at the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, and at the Kingdom’s first music and cultural festival, Winter at Tantora.
Bocelli was joined on stage by Italy’s finest musicians of Asti Symphony Orchestra and sopranos Christine Allado, Serena Gambero, and Clara Barbier Serrano.
The ensemble delighted and enchanted a packed auditorium and millions of viewers who watched on the MBC1 TV channel and online on AlUla Moments and MBC1 YouTube accounts.
During the concert, Bocelli performed many of his best-known songs including Time to Say Goodbye, Con te Partiro and an emotional tribute to wife Veronica Berti, Can’t Help Falling in Love.
On his remarkable fourth visit to AlUla, Bocelli said:. “It is always an incredible experience to sing in the middle of the desert in AlUla.
Coming from the noise and chaos of the big city, it is an educational experience for me and to find myself in this idyllic and peaceful place away from the world – one of my favorite experiences”.
The crowd delighted in the performance of Andrea Griminelli, one of the world’s best flute players, who joined the Maestro Bocelli for a mesmerizing duet that left the audience in tears.
Christine Allado, a renowned international talent making a name for herself as a multi-talented artist on screen and stage, poured her heart out to the appreciative crowd with her solo version of Never Enough.
Bocelli was also joined on the Maraya’s stage by the conductor, Maestro Carlo Bernini. Bocelli’s friend and artistic director, Bernini, has joined Maestro Bocelli at concerts halls and stadium performances all around the world.
Winter at Tantora festival is considered the very first music and arts festival in the Kingdom. Taking place 21 December-12 February, the festival is one of four festivals under the banner of AlUla Moments, with AlUla Arts, AlUla Skies, and Alula Wellness still to come in February and March.
More international names are set to be announced soon to perform at the iconic mirrored Maraya in the ancient desert city of Al Ula.
For more information about AlUla Moments’ concerts, visit www.experiencealula.com
About Winter at Tantora:
Winter at Tantora festival is considered the Kingdom’s first-ever music and cultural festival. This year, it will run from 21 December 2021 to 12 February 2022. It will offer both international and local visitors an exciting six weeks of music, cultural events, and equestrian events. Winter at Tantora is the first part of AlUla Moment’s festivals. That includes three other distinguished festivals of AlUla Arts festival, AlUla Skies, and Al Ula Wellness festival.
Located 1,100 km from Riyadh, in North-West Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage. The vast area, covering 22,561km², includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains, and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms reigned.
The most well-known and recognized site in AlUla is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and is comprised of 111 well-preserved tombs, many with elaborate facades cut out of the sandstone outcrops surrounding the walled urban settlement.
Current research also suggests Hegra was the most southern outpost of the Roman Empire after the Romans conquered the Nabataeans in 106 CE.
In addition to Hegra, AlUla is also home to ancient Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan Kingdoms and considered to be one of the most developed 1st millennium BCE cities of the Arabian Peninsula. And Jabal Ikmah, an open-air library of hundreds of inscriptions and writings in many different languages. Also AlUla Old Town, a labyrinth of more than 900 mudbrick homes developed from at least the 12th century, and Hijaz Railway and Hegra Fort, key sites in the story and conquests of Lawrence of Arabia.
For more information, please visit: www.experiencealula.com
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