British classical singer Carly Paoli, who provided the voice for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, has been nominated for the Premio Barocco award in Italy.
Founded in 1969 by Fernando Carteni, the award recognises achievements in art and culture. Previous recipients include Sophia Loren, Franco Zeffirelli, Dame Helen Mirren, Gerard Depardieu and Luciano Pavarotti.
The event, at which Ms Paoli will perform, will be held on 27th May 2017 in Castello Angioino di Gallipoli in Puglia.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be nominated for this prestigious award,” said the Nottinghamshire-born classical singer. “Puglia is as much my home as the UK, my family are there, it’s where I spent all my free time growing up and gained so much performance experience. It’s a lovely feeling to have been recognised there for my dedication to music and also love of the region.”
Ms Paoli’s debut single Ave Maria was chosen as the official song of the pope’s Jubilee celebrations last year. Her music video subsequently became a number one hit in the iTunes charts in the UK, Italy, Singapore and Malaysia.
Ms Paoli has recently performed at many high profile events in Italy, including at the Roman Forum and Terme di Caracalla, and on national TV shows Zecchino D’Oro and TV2000.
Ms Paoli, who has sang alongside opera legends including Andrea Bocelli, will release her highly-anticipated debut album Singing My Dreams on 30th June.
Picture: Carly Paoli.