Celebrated opera singer Andrea Bocelli is reportedly being courted personally by Donald Trump to perform at his presidential inauguration, according to a report.
“Trump has a long-standing relationship with Bocelli, and wants to ask him in person to perform,” one source with knowledge of the sitauation told the New York Post‘s Page Six. “The plan is to have acts at the inauguration that are meaningful for Trump, and he’s a huge fan of Bocelli.”
The renowned Italian tenor is set to perform in front of a sold-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Some sources say Trump plans to approach Bocelli after the show.
Indeed, the famed singer and the President-elect have history.
In 2010. Trump hosted a private concert for Bocelli at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
From Donald Trump: Andrea Bocelli @ Mar-a-Lago – Many say best night of entertainment in long history of Palm Beach http://bit.ly/2fNgOz
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2010
Trump and his family were also present at Bocelli’s Concerto, One Night in Central Park, a free concert in 2011.
Inaugural entertainment and events lineup are reportedly being shepherded by Trump’s fellow Celebrity Apprentice producer and longtime friend Mark Burnett.
So far, details for the inauguration have been hard to come by. Other musicians who have been floated for the inauguration include country star Garth Brooks and even rapper Kanye West, who met with the President-elect at Trump Tower early Tuesday morning.
“They are keeping their cards very close to their chests,” a source told the outlet of the plans for the inauguration. “One thing is for sure, you won’t see Beyoncé lip-syncing again this year,” the source said, referencing the pop singer’s 2013 inauguration performance.
Bocelli would appear to be a well-liked choice for the inauguration. The singer has sold more than 80 million albums and is currently in the middle of a world tour.