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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Julio Iglesias headed to Israel again

 Julio Iglesias in Israel in 2009  Photo: Merav Yudilovitch

Julio Iglesias in Israel in 2009 Photo: Merav Yudilovitch

Year and a half after charming Israeli audience in Tel Aviv, Spanish romantic to perform at Caesarea amphitheater on August 10

A year and a half after filling up Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena, Julio Iglesias is returning to Israel to add a romantic touch to our musical summer.
The Spanish singer will perform for the first time at the Caesarea amphitheater on August 10, alongside Russian musician Alexander Kogan. The two have performed together several times in the past two years.
Iglesias, who will turn 70 this summer, was born in Madrid and is considered one of the greatest Spanish singers of all times and one of the most successful in the history of music around the world.
He began his career in sports, as a soccer goalkeeper for Real Madrid Castilla, but turned to music after a car crash. His musical career was launched in the 1960s, and he rose to fame in the 1970s thanks to a series of kitschy ballads which became huge hits.
Iglesias has sold more than 300 million copies of some 80 albums. Over the years, he recorded songs 14 languages, but always made sure to return to his Spanish origins. In April 2013, he was named the most popular foreign singer in China.
Iglesias has eight children. The most famous one is singer Enrique Iglesias from his first wife Isabel, who he married in the 1970s. He has five children with his current partner since the 1990s, the Dutch ex-model Miranda Rijnsburger.
He has visited Israel several times, most recently in December 2011. In his 2009 visit, he revealed to his audience that his mother was Jewish and that he understood the State of Israel’s difficulties. His concerts were packed during every visit.
“I always like returning to Israel,” Iglesias said in an interview to Yedioth Ahronoth. “I like the warmth and love the people here give and like to sing my greatest love songs with them. I have to spend more time here. I hope that after my concerts, people here go back home and make children. It will be good to have more nice Israelis.”
Iglesias will be brought to Israel this time by Tal Sherf in cooperation with Concerts International. Ticket prices are expected to range between NIS 300-750 (about $83-207).