SINGING sensation Charice Pempengco is reaching heights never imagined by any Filipino performer.
Last Sunday, she sang a duet with world renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Third Edition of the Teatro del Silenzio at a natural amphitheater between the rolling hills of Lajatico, a small rural town in Volterra Valley, Italy.
Charice was personally handpicked by Andrea Bocelli to sing a duet with him during the concert, and they sang ?The Prayer? and received a rousing standing ovation. And she was the only artist who sang with Bocelli that the next day, her picture with Bocelli was on the front pages and also played up in the newscast.
The Fiipina teener was the only Asian performer in the annual concert produced by Bocelli which also featured performances from Italian artists Noa (a Grammy winner), conductor Nicola Piovani (the Oscar-winning musical director of Roberto Benigni?s Life is Beautiful, an Oscar Best Picture winner), the etoile of the Teatro della Scala Roberto Bolle and the 90 elements of the Orchestra Sinfonietta from Rome.
?It was like a dream, I couldn?t believe it,? said Charice of her stint in the Italian event.
It was Charice?s second time to meet Bocelli; their first was several weeks ago when they both performed at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas during a tribute concert to famous and multi-awarded songwriter David Foster who first saw Charice on Ellen DeGeneres? show.
Very much impressed, Foster has big plans for Charice, probably including writing a song for her. Foster has written hits for almost all the A-list singers (Whitney Houston, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Michael Bublé, etc.).