Fast-forward to the next day, and Bocelli, 53, has just announced that he “haf a beeg reeespect for sex”. I’ve just asked him what he thinks about the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna in their uniforms of PVC and I wonder if we haven’t got something lost in translation; he speaks very little English, I know barely any Italian, and so someone must sit between us in an attempt to make sense of everything.It’s a rather tortuous process, and one that hardly makes for the most free-flowing of interviews.“And so it is for thees reason that I do not like it when sex becomes an eenstrument for music.” An instrument for music?“Si.” He is too much of an Italian gentleman to call the likes of Rihanna and Gaga whores of Babylon –“I express judgments only on things that I know very well such as opera and classical music and in this case I can’t” – but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was thinking something along those lines. He tells me that religion has “first place in my life.The all-girl group were featured as the dancers on BBC's high-rated show, Top of the Pops.Showing a commitment in the showbiz, Brightman quit her school years and concentrated on her newly-built career.
The woman was my mother, I was the child.” Bocelli was born with sight problems and was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma.
It was tipping with rain and so cold that the teeth of the pregnant woman sitting next to me started to chatter, and we had to fashion a blanket for her out of various cagoules, yet still she swooned as the Italian love god made his way through arias from La Traviata and La Bohème.
Opera snobs are terribly snooty about Bocelli’s particular brand of “popera” – Time To Say Goodbye, which he does with Sarah Brightman, is possibly the cheesiest song ever to have been recorded – but I imagine that as he sang to the crowd in Central Park, he couldn’t have given two hoots.
Anyway, as Celine Dion joined him on stage, I must confess that I, too, embraced the cheese.
Chuck in a rendition of Time to Say Goodbye, finish with a rousing Nessun Dorma, and Manhattan felt as if it might just float away on a cloud of oestrogen.
After tests, “the doctors advised her to abort the child.