Vampire Weekend Goes Opera, Covers Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con Te Patrio’

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(Steve Jennings for Live 105)

(Steve Jennings for Live 105)

By Jeremy D. Larson

In February, Starbucks (via Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will release Sweetheart 2014, the fifth in a series of Valentine’s Day compilations featuring bands covering their favorite love songs. We’ve already heard Jim James covering Bob Marley, and Beck covering John Lennon, and now we have Vampire Weekend covering…opera.

The song “Con Te Patrio”, which is actually “popera” song not an aria from a traditional opera, was made famous in the ’90s by the blind Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, and I know my mom loved it. So did Ezra Koenig, who sings the entire song in Italian under above a little reggae lilt. Listen to Koenig’s tenor voice really for it on the key change below, via Rolling Stone.

Head to Radio.com for the full tracklist.

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