‘Nobody does it better,’ – Mail on Sunday
When Pope Francis heard Mansfield born Carly Paoli sing her Ave Maria as the official song for his jubilee year of mercy, he declared that she had, ‘the voice of an angel.’ Others who have heard the soprano, who has dual British and Italian nationality, tend to agree.
Brit nominated classical singer, lyricist and star of the classical world Carly Paoli made her international debut at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala, following that up with an appearance at the International Women’s Media Foundation Awards in Los Angeles.
Since then, she has shared a stage with some of the world’s most iconic artists including José Carreras, Elaine Paige, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bolton and recently appeared at the London Palladium with Joseph Calleja. a concert with her and Bocelli in Florence conducted by Zubin Mehta was subsequently shown on PBS television. she has performed for HRH The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle and at St James’s Palace. Other renowned venues include Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, The o2, Caracalla and The Roman Forum. Her concert Music for Mercy from the forum was broadcast live on Rai uno and Sky Arts. In 2018 and 2019 she was a BBC Ambassador taking part in their flagship Music Day event.
‘The world really is hers for the taking’ – You Magazine
Carly has four best-selling albums to her name, Carly Paoli & Friends, Due Anime (the Italian Collection), Singing My Dreams, Live at Cadogan Hall. Her latest album, Carly Paoli & Friends, was released on 24th September 2021 on the Abiah label. Carly’s second studio album features a stunning mix of collaborations with some of the biggest names from across the music world, including Tony Hadley, Elaine Paige, Paul Carrack, the Brit School, David Phelps, Joseph Calleja, Aled Jones and more.
‘Carly is a wonderful person to work with. I admire her voice, artistry and her charisma. it’s a pleasure for me to sing with her.’ – José Carreras
She has released several singles. Her anthemic song Liberty released in the summer of 2018 knocked Drake off the top spot in the Itunes video chart and the accompanying videos for her singles, Ave Maria and A Time for Mercy have always been in the top 10, most recently denying Ed Sheeran the no 1 spot. To accompany The Loveliest Night of the Year, her duet with Lanza, she filmed a video at the Palladium using footage of the tenor that had been recorded in the same venue in 1957.
Her Italian heritage means that she is much in demand in Italy both on television and the concert platform. Apart from the broadcast of her concert from the Forum on Rai uno, she has also appeared on the telethon, Con il Cuore di Francesco from Assisi and Zecchino d’oro as well as other programmes. She was awarded a Premio Barocco prize for her contribution to Italian arts and most specifically that of her home region of Puglia and Glamour Italia magazine made her Woman of the Year, honouring her for contribution to charity, most notably her patronage of the children’s charity, When you Wish upon a Star. In July 2020, she was awarded a Magna Grecia recognising her achievements as an artist and ambassador for Pugliese art and culture.
‘It’s always my pleasure to share a stage with Carly Paoli,’ Andrea Bocelli
Her performances, whether in a school hall, on a stage in an historic venue or in front of HRH The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle have elicited praise and enthusiasm from audiences and critics alike. After her celebrated concert at Cadogan Hall which showcased her gifted interpretation of a wide range of music the critic David Mellor called her a ‘special talent’ under the headline ‘nobody does it better.’
Her appearance with the celebrated tenor Joseph Calleja as part of the renowned BBC series Friday Night is Music Night led the Event Magazine to cite the concert as their ‘top pick’ in their ‘100 events you won’t want to miss this year.’
In August 2020 Carly appeared at the International Lerici Music Festival having been closely identified with the event since its inception in 2017 and she was a special guest for Jack Savoretti for his live streamed One Night in Portofino concert.
Recently on her YouTube channel she live-streamed a concert commemorating D-day from Liverpool’s bombed out church and another concert from her home in Puglia, Una Serata in Salento.
She ended 2020 making a film called Christmas at the Castle, Carly Paoli and Friends. featuring special guest, Joseph Calleja, italian bandoneon virtuoso, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, concert pianist, Oliver Poole and filmed at the historical Otterburn Castle, the film was shown on Sky Arts, on Tv2000 in Italy and on Maltese television.