Classical star Carly Paoli, who provided the voice for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, is celebrating her Italian roots with her first single of 2019, I’ Te Vurria Vasà (I Want To Kiss You).
Written and composed by Vincenzo Russo and Eduardo di Capua in 1900, and first played to Ms Paoli by her Italian grandfather, the track has long been a favourite of Italian tenors including Andrea Bocelli, Franco Corelli and notably, Tito Schipa, one of the most popular tenors of the 20th century.
Rarely performed by a soprano, Ms Paoli said it was also interesting to sing the timeless Neapolitan love song from a woman’s point of view.
“It was interesting during the recording, and later the filming of the video, to identify and characterise the voice behind the lyric as a woman”, said Ms Paoli. “Looking at it from a woman’s perspective was an exciting element that brought into light a new drama in the lyric.”
The Anglo-Italian star previously spoke to The Catholic Universe about her Italian mother’s family, which she credits as “the musical side of the family”.
“All my family in Italy are Catholic so I spent a lot of time singing at Mass when I was out there in the summer and I did lots of work like that, Catholic weddings and so on. It just felt right to embrace the musical side of the family, which is Paoli,” she told The Catholic Universe in 2017.
Ms Paoli also revealed that meeting Pope Francis and having her debut single, Ave Maria, chosen as the official theme song of his Jubilee Year of Mercy was “the biggest honour” she’d experienced.
I’ Te Vurria Vasà by Carly Paoli is out now on ABIAH Records.
Picture: Carly Paoli.