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Balqees to perform duet with Andrea Bocelli in Abu Dhabi

Gulf News Wednesday, April 6th 2016 01:01 AM

He’s known as much for his voice as his famous duets. And on his UAE return on April 22, at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, iconic tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform with Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees. The pair will also be accompanied by the UAE-based NSO Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Bocelli has performed iconic duets with singers around the world, includingTime to Say Goodbye with Sarah Brightman, and The Prayer with Celine Dion. He recently sang a duet with Ariana Grande called E Piu Ti Penso.

Balqees, known as one of the Arab world’s biggest names in music, is the daughter of the well-known Yemeni musician Ahmad Fathi, and sings opera in Arabic, English, French and Italian. The 27-year-old came into the limelight with the release of her first song Masaa’la Sahla in collaboration with Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, and Fayez Al Saeed. She released her first album, Majnoun Balqees, in 2013.

The NSO Symphony Orchestra will consist of 70 musicians and 60 chorus of some 20 nationalities who live across the Emirates and perform major symphonic and operatic works.

Bocelli, who last performed in Abu Dhabi in 2013, is currently on a world tour in support of his latest album Cinema. His UAE return will be a fully seated open-air concert. Tickets, starting at Dh395, are now on sale on ticketmaster.ae and at all Virgin Megastores in the UAE.

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