International superstar Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli joins one of Canada’s finest figure skaters, Kurt Browning, for GOTTA SKATE V, on CBC Television, Monday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Inspired by Bocelli, Browning and guests can’t help but feel infused by the music, lyrics and romance of Italy.
Bocelli performs four songs with members of his symphony orchestra, taped at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. With 10 classical and seven pop albums to his credit, Bocelli is one of the world’s top musical stars, possessing a truly distinctive and original voice and style. New Zealand’s Hayley Westenra joins him on two numbers. The 18 year old sold over two million copies of her debut album, and it climbed to the top of the U.K. charts. Her new disc was recently released.
Browning and his special guests skate their interpretations of the romantic music, sung in Italian and English. According to Browning, “I believe the music doesn’t have to be understood, it has to be felt. You want to know how the music makes you feel.”
Skaters include World champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist Elvis Stojko, eight-time British champion Steven Cousins, Olympic gold medalists Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Canada’s Shae-Lynn Bourne and bronze medallist at the 2005 World Championships, Italian Carolina Kostner.
Alberta-born and raised, Browning is a four-time World and Canadian champion and a three-time Professional champion. He was the very first figure skater to land a quadruple jump in competition and has legions of fans around the globe. He can easily move from classic and elegant to funky and hip to comedic skating and is recognized for his extremely quick feet and personal charm on and off the ice. Currently, he is appearing on Skating With The Stars.
KURT BROWNING: GOTTA SKATE V is directed by Shelagh O’Brien and produced by Antoinette Catricala. Executive producers are Kurt Browning, Peter Sisam and Sarah Clarke. It is an IMG Canada Ltd. Production in association with Broadcast Services International Inc., in association with CBC Television.