Gigi D’Alessio, one of Italy’s newest singing sensations, lit up the stage at the University of Montreal Concert Hall last April. The concert was the last of his 2003 world tour which saw him tour North America, Australia and Europe.
Playing before an enthusiastic crowd, Gigi delighted fans with singles from his latest CD, Uno come te. D’Alessio’s ease on stage makes him a natural crowd pleaser, and his repertoire was perfect for young and more mature listeners alike. The singer charmed the audience with romantic ballads about unrequited love and great loves lost, the recurring themes in many of his songs. Among his popular picks were “Un nuovo bacio,” originally a duet with Anna Tartangelo, which he sang with about twenty female fans invited on stage. D’Alessio also sang some of his Spanish hits such as “Mi vida” and “El corazon,” and indulged his audience with some Latin beats that had many fans off their seats dancing.
Between segments, D’Alessio spoke about the difficulties of making it in the music business, alluding to the barriers and the stereotypical attitudes that many Italian artists from the South must face. Best known for his sentimental love ballads, D’Alessio got his first big break in 2000 when he performed his popular hit “Non dirgli mai” at the prestigious San Remo Festival.
First published in Accenti Magazine, Issue 3.