Andrea Bocelli Talks Opera and Fatherhood

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Andrea Bocelli can't get away from singing opera, even when he's in the role of 'Dad.' The 56-year-old says even when he's singing his two-year-old daughter Virginia a lullaby, she prefers opera.

"My daughter ... likes every kind of music, but in particular there is a song that she loves very much, 'Funiculi Funicula,'" Bocelli said of the Neapolitan song, which he is known for performing at live shows. "She wants that I sing (it) for her always."

The singer and longtime partner Veronica Berti tied the knot earlier this year, on their daughter's second birthday.

Andrea Bocelli has been touring Europe, and launched a short U.S. tour on Saturday. His first performance was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The tour will take him to Houston, Texas; Dallas; Chicago; and Detroit, with his last stop at Madison Square Garden in New York on December 17th.

If you're unable to catch Andrea Bocelli on one of these stops, rest assured, he will be back in the U.S. in 2015. He will perform three shows at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida in February. He also has a concert planned at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 7th, as well as other shows.

Andrea Bocelli is heard on pianist Jan Mulder's new album, "Christmas," and is promoting his own album, "Opera--the Ultimate Collection." On it fans will hear a recording of Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," with an accompaniment by Ana Maria Martinez.

"I loved this opera since when I was a child," Bocelli said of "Manon Lescaut."

Do you suppose little Virginia has Daddy sing excerpts from this to lull her to sleep at night?

Can you imagine being sung to sleep with a live lullaby, courtesy of Andrea Bocelli?

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.