Following the release of the mesmerising ‘Il Gladiatore’, Russell Watson has released an anniversary version of ‘Nessun Dorma’, the track that launched his career, ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new album ‘20’ this Friday. ’20’, is an anniversary disc which captures key moments from Russell’s career with 13 newly recorded songs sung in his unmistakable trademark tenor.
Russell has also announced a special live-stream gig from London’s Union Chapel on 11th December at 19:30 BST. Highlights on the night will include: Bring Him Home, ‘O sole mio, Volare, Someone to Remember Me, Il Gladiatore and Christmas favourites Silent Night & I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Tickets go on general sale now from HERE.
Originally released 20 years ago on his debut album, ‘The Voice’, the People’s Tenor has re-recorded the iconic ‘Nessun Dorma’ in his unmistakable trademark tenor. On the track Russell warmly remarked, “How many times have I sung ‘Nessun Dorma’ in my life? Are we counting the seven years of singing it in clubs, five or six nights a week? In that case, thousands.”
Russell has overcome many things in his life maintaining a dignity few could rival when struck by not one but two brain tumours and bouncing back in better voice than before, so he wasn’t going to let lockdown stand in the way of his stunning new album. Travel restrictions meant that long-time producer Ian Tilley had to stay in his native New Zealand so he assembled a socially distanced orchestra in Christchurch while Russell hunkered down in Wilmslow, taking instructions and overseeing proceedings via Skype.
Warmly referred to as the People’s Tenor, Russell’s journey took him from a Salford estate to the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and to becoming the best-selling male classical artist of all time.
“You don’t come from a Salford factory floor to conquering the classical world without being a driven lunatic”.
Russell’s 20th Anniversary tour will now take place in 2021.
Rescheduled dates below:
Sun 10th AYLESBURY, Waterside Theatre
Thu 4th HARROGATE, Royal Hall
Sun 7th CREWE, Lyceum
Tue 9th HIGH WYCOMBE, Swan Theatre
Thu 11th NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
Sun 14th WOKING, New Victoria Theatre
Tue 16th CHELTENHAM, Town Hall
Thu 18th SHREWSBURY, Severn Theatre
Sat 20th BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Sun 21st SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion
Thu 25th BASINGSTOKE, Anvil
Sun 28th YORK, Barbican
Tue 2nd LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
Sat 6th CARDIFF, St. David’s Hall
Sun 7th MILTON KEYNES, Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 9th LEEDS, Town Hall
Sun 14th MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
Sat 20th HULL, Bonus Arena
Tue 30th BUXTON, Opera House (ON SALE SOON)
Sat 19th WOLVERHAMPTON, Grand Theatre (ON SALE SOON)