Andrea Bocelli returns to AlUla for a world-first concert at Hegra
Get ready to be serenaded by the world’s most beloved tenor…
Maestro Andrea Bocelli is performing his world-first concert on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Unesco World Heritage Site, Hegra.
While the setlist remains under wraps, the event promises to be an unmissable celebration of heritage, culture, music and optimism. Fans – both old and new – can look forward to a surprise guest on the night of the concert.
The master tenor will deliver a stripped-back set comprising musicians from the Arabian Philharmonic and special guests Loren Allred, Matteo Bocelli, soprano Francesca Maionchi with Eugene Kohn at the piano.
The event will take place in front of a live audience of less than 300. Tickets are limited, but GCC viewers can still watch the entire performance live on MBC 1 channel at 10pm (KSA time).
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This is Bocelli’s third concert in AlUla, having delighted audiences at the previous two ‘Winter at Tantora’ festivals.
However, this is an event of many firsts. This is the first time that the ancient city of Hegra will be the setting for a music event of this calibre. Bocelli will also be the first artist in known history to stage a concert here.
Hegra, built in the first century BCE by the Nabataeans, contains thousands of well-preserved tombs, with at least 100 having elaborately carved facades. The specific backdrop for Bocelli will be the 20 carved tombs of Al Khuraymat.
A distinctive feature of Khuraymat is the elegant gynosphinxes (spirit guardians with women’s heads and lions’ bodies and wings) adorning the corners of pediments. According to archaeologists, this cluster of tombs presents some of the best-preserved in the city of Hegra.
Tickets to the event go on sale on April 1, and those who miss out can watch the event live on MBC 1 channel at 10pm (KSA time).
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