MasterClass Monday: Andrea Bocelli Sings The Lord’s Prayer For Pope Francis

 Andre Bocelli Sings For Pope Francis In Phildelphia 

Did anyone catch Andrea Bocelli’s glorious and inspiring performance of The Lord’s Prayer during the Festival Of The Families celebration on Saturday, September 26th in Phildaelphia?  

What a moment!  Pope Francis must have been incredibly moved by this performance as we were by the Pope’s love, presence and  spirituality throughout his entire USA visit.  During this celebration, the Pope’s  passionate and spontaneous message about the importance of the family really resonated with me and I shall never, ever forget it. 

Then, you add the magnificence of Andrea Bocelli’s voice and the entire event took on an ethereal quality and, for me, was the closest thing to what Heaven must be like – where time stands still and you truly live in the beauty of the moment for eternity. 

I always love listening to Andrea sing but, more important, his relaxed, yet refined technical skills draw me in each time I hear him.  His relaxed and open jaw, the circular mouth, the elevated eyes as he navigates his upper range are impeccably executed. 

I always wondered if his visual impairment frees him of visual distractions, thus allowing him to truly focus on his voice.

To that end, I have encouraged students to sing with their eyes closed during their lessons with me and it is amazing how much better they do sing. They naturally correct their technical problems. It is a wonderful little trick and everyone should try it. You become very aware of your vocal sound and the diaphragmatic energy you are using to correctly produce this sound. 

Please share your comments about this performance. Did it move you as it did me? 

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

6 Responses to “MasterClass Monday: Andrea Bocelli Sings The Lord’s Prayer For Pope Francis”

  1. although i didn’t watch this, my twitter was alive with the fact that aretha franklin was going on and on and on and never looked at or acknowledged the pope. twitter was not impressed. did you happen to see that?

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  2. Yes, Hunter, I did. It was awful. Not one nod in the direction of the Pope and her singing was a major out of tune scream fest. I have no idea why they asked her to perform. She has lost it.


  3. wow. being a diva, i wonder if she will even hear that this is the general consensus.


  4. Disappointing re: Aretha but I think her glory days are WAY behind her anyway. Andrea was magnificent!! His singing is so simple and yet so profound. Way to go!!

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  5. There is no one on this earth that has such a beautiful voice as this Andre does…. He literally put this man to tears…… What was taken from him was his eye sight but his voice was a heavenly gift from the Lord……

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