World-renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli, will take the stage at the Arena di Verona, the world’s biggest open-air theatre, on Saturday, September 8th for a special musical event as part of this year’s “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy.”
Bocelli will be joined on stage by international artists Carla Fracci, Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard, Grammy-Nominated Aida Garifullina, Sergei Polunin, Leo Nucci, and the Italian Operatic Baritone for an unparalleled operatic spectacle. Together they will perform live for a star-studded audience including Award-winning Record Producer David Foster, Award-winning and Multi-Platinum Artist Josh Groban, Broadway Legend Kristin Chenoweth, Reba McEntire, Katharine McPhee, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Chris Tucker, and many more.
The 5th Annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” is a 7-day extraordinary philanthropic adventure, where donors and special guests come together to enjoy magical experiences in Italy’s most beautiful regions. Funds raised will benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation as well as the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Over its 24-year history, Celebrity Fight Night has earned the title as one of the largest grossing charity events in the country, sending more than $86 million to charities, most significantly to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
“Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” kicks off on Wednesday, September 5th where upon arrival in Florence, guests will enjoy a memorable dinner under the stars in the Gherardesca Garden, one of the largest private gardens in Florence.
The following day will take guests on a journey to the sea where they will cruise along the Tyrrhenian Coast up to the stunning town of Porto Venere for a dinner at the foot of the Church of St. Peter. Guests will be enchanted with entertainment from Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, and Colin Schachat, directed by 16-time Grammy Award Winner, David Foster. Guests will be welcomed by Catrinel Marlon, the model, actress, and recently named ABF Worldwide Ambassadress.
The next evening, they will be invited as guests of Leonardo Ferragamo at his family house, Villa le Rose, a beautiful Renaissance villa commissioned in the 15th century. Ferragamo will treat guests to a dinner accompanied with outstanding entertainment from Award-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, alongside Andrea Bocelli’s son, Matteo Bocelli and Michael W. Smith.
On Saturday night, guests will travel to medieval Verona for a dinner at the Gran Guardia Palace, followed by the mesmerizing opera show, ‘La Notte di Andrea Bocelli’, in the 2000-year-old Arena di Verona. Hosted by Italian TV Presenter, Milly Carlucci, the show will be dedicated to the highest expression of art involving over 400 performers from the world of classical music and dance. During the “La Notte di Andrea Bocelli” concert, ABF will promote the SMS Campaign dedicated to the reconstruction of the pre-school and the primary school in the Municipality of Muccia, the Central Italy Earthquake Intervention.
The culmination of the 7-day event will feature a fun-filled musical night led by David Foster and Andrea Bocelli, as well as various world-renowned artists including Reba McEntire, Kristin Chenoweth, Katharine McPhee, Caroline Campbell, Brian McKnight, and Michael W. Smith. The entertainment will be preceded by a gourmet dinner and live auction at the Palazzo Pitti, which was built in 1457 and eventually became the primary residence of the royal Medici family.
This experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, Antico Setificio Fiorentino, GVM, TaTaTu, Fregoli, Vhernier, Emilio Pucci, Il Palato Italiano, Falconeri, Sanlorenzo, Ca ’del Bosco, and Fratelli Piccini.