Italian legend Fiorella Mannoia finally made her long-awaited debut in the United States last month when she brought her Combattente tour to New York City's historic venue The Town Hall on Friday, February 23.
The performance marked the 101st and final show of the tour and was a true gift to her loyal U.S. following.
Backed by an impeccable band, Mannoia was a breathtaking presence on stage, where she left her heart for her entire audience to see. Drawing listeners in with her compelling delivery and passionate energy, she exhibited remarkable poise and exuded charming charisma as she brought the theater to their feet over and over again.
A few attendees shouted out requests, and each time the Roman-born songstress reminded them that she'd get to all of the songs she knew her listeners cherished. Indeed, she performed many of her best-loved hits including "Quello che le donne non dicono" and her second place Sanremo 2017 entry "Che sia benedetta," as well as favorites from her most recent album Combattente like "I miei passi."
Interweaving upbeat tracks like "Siamo ancora qui" and "Caffè nero bollente," which had her enchantingly bopping across the stage, with slower heartfelt ballads like "In Viaggio" and "E penso a te," she crafted a night to remember for a group of devoted fans that knew the words to every song she sang. She even took the time to pay tribute to Mina with "Insieme" and to one of Italy's most beloved singer-songwriters Lucio Dalla, performing his internationally renowned masterpiece "Caruso" just a little over a week before what would have been his 75th birthday.
Joy, love, and respect for her art and for her audience truly make Fiorella Mannoia stand out as a special treasure and as one of the best performers of our time. Toward the end of the night, a few front row guests gifted her roses, a symbol of the stunning reciprocal gratitude between a true icon and her adoring fans.
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