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Charted: May 31, 1997

Genre: opera

Quotable: “an accessible, well-crafted and melodic pop record from a terrific operatic vocalist” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partirò)
  2. Vivire
  3. Por Amor (Per Amore)
  4. El Silencio de la Espera (Il Mare Calmo Della Sera)
  5. Caruso
  6. Macchine da Guerra
  7. Le Tue Parole (Your Words)
  8. Vivo por Ella (Vivo Per Lei) (with Martha Sanchez)
  9. Romanza (Romance)
  10. La Luna Che Non C'è (The Moon That Is Not There)
  11. Rapsodia (Rhapsody)
  12. Voglio Restare Cosi (I Want to Stay Like This)
  13. E Choive (And It Rains)
  14. Miserere (live with John Mles)
  15. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partirò) (with Sarah Brightman)

Rating: 4.575 (average of 10 ratings)


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 6 million
sales worldwide - estimated 17 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 35
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partirò) (3/24/97) #2 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Andrea Bocelli
“From his childhood on the family farm in rural Tuscany to the worldwide stage, Andrea Bocelli has achieved phenomenal success. His singing is only partially the point, and his fame owes much more to the aura of romance and the romantic archetype that’s attached to him. Romanza is by far Bocelli's largest success, winning adoration thanks to the swooning vocals and the easy, sometimes lush, always pop-safe instrumental textures and melodies” (Bartlett).

The album was “designed to break Andrea Bocelli into the American market, not only to the European audience (most of the album is in Italian), but also the English-speaking mainstream pop audience (through the Sarah Brightman duet Time to Say Goodbye)” (Erlewine).

“As far as his opera chops go, Bocelli has won the approval of Pavarotti” (Bartlett) with “an accessible, well-crafted and melodic pop record from a terrific operatic vocalist” (Erlewine). “Bocelli will likely grow the opera pie, convincing labels to take on more operatic projects” (Bartlett), “but likely will not wow enthusiasts” (Erlewine).

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Last updated October 7, 2008.