Back in 2020, Andrea Bocelli put on a live-streamed performance called Believe in Christmas at the Theatre Regio of Parma. The special event also marked the professional debut of his then 8-year-old daughter Virginia Bocelli. She joined her father on stage, bringing along an acoustic guitar for him before they sang a duet of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah together.
The sensational performance has since be watched over 18.5 million times on YouTube and Virginia has sung the track with her father numerous times around the world in the year since.
Most recently they performed this past Christmas before President Biden at the White House with Andrea’s son Matteo Bocelli, who is releasing his debut album later this year.
But what about Virginia? Will she follow in her father and brother’s footsteps and become a professional singer as an adult too?
Does she even want to? Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with the Italian tenor himself to find out.
Andrea told us: “It was Virginia’s Christmas gift to me. It was more fun than a professional debut. I wouldn’t say it was a surprise, but almost: the idea came about almost as a joke and then it was included in the setlist only right before the concert. Although I’m an apprehensive father, in this case, I was not: I concentrated on the beauty of that moment, so intimate and sweet… Us sitting on the stage, a guitar, the silence around us, her voice intermingled with mine. It is a moment that I carry in my heart.”