Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli was born in Lajatico, Pisa - Italy, on 22 September 1958. Bocelli is one of the greatest singing talents in the world today. He born with poor eyesight and became blind when he was 12 years, owing to congenital glaucoma and a blow to the head during a soccer game.

Andrea Bocelli - Italian Music

Andrea began his singing career to the late 1980s, performing in piano bars in Italy. He studied law at the University of Pisa and spent one year as a court-appointed lawyer. It was there that he met his future wife, Enrica.

In 1992, Andrea Bocelli auditioned to make a demo tape with the Zucchero's song "Miserere". This demo tape was from Caterina Caselli, who persuaded him to participate in the Sanremo Music Festival. At present, Caselli is Bocelli's manager and producer.

In 1993, Bocelli accompanied to Zucchero to sing. In Milan, Bocelli signed with the Sugar Music label after the group's president heard him sing Miserere and "Nessun Dorma" at a birthday party for Zucchero.

On 28 December 1993, he debuted in the classical world in a concert at the Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia.

In February, he won the "Newcomers" section of the San Remo Festival competition with "Il mare calmo della sera". His debut album, also titled "Il mare calmo della sera", was released and immediately entered the Italian Top Ten.

In May he toured with Italian pop singer Gerardina Trovato, in September he sang at Pavarotti's annual Charity Gala concert, Pavarotti International in Modena. This same month he made his opera debut as Macduff in Verdi's Macbeth at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa. At Christmas, He performed the hymn, Adeste Fideles in Rome before Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica.

In 1996, Bocelli was invited to sing a duet with English soprano Sarah Brightman at the final bout of German IBF World Light-Heavyweight boxing champion Henry Maske. He sang a duet with Marta Sanchez, "Vivo Por Ella", and the Spanish version of "Vivo per lei". He also recorded "Je vis pour elle" to duet with French singer Hélène Ségara.

Bocelli made his debut in a major operatic role in 1998 when he played Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari. On 5 May, he appeared in Monte Carlo, winning two World Music Awards for "Best Italian Singer" and "Best Classical Interpretation".

Andrea Bocelli - Italian Music

Since Bocelli won the Newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival, he has recorded fourteen studio albums, two greatest hits albums and eight complete operas.

He was considered one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, the next year he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. He sang in duet with Celine Dion the Prayer song for the animated film, The Quest for Camelot, winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. With his classical album called "Sacred Arias", Bocelli captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Bocelli has two children, Amos and Matteo, with his first wife Enrica Cenzatti; the couple separated in 2002. Bocelli got married with Veronica Berti whom he met soon after.

Studio albums

  • 1994: Il Mare Calmo della Sera
  • 1995: Bocelli
  • 1996-1997: Viaggio Italiano
  • 1997: Aria – the opera album
  • 1999: Sogno
  • 1999: Sacred Arias
  • 2000: Verdi
  • 2001: Cieli di Toscana
  • 2002: Sentimento
  • 2004: Andrea
  • 2006: Amore
  • 2008: Incanto
  • 2009: My Christmas
  • 2010: Carmen: Duets & Arias
Compilation albums
  • 1997: Romanza
  • 2007: The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere

    Opera recordings
  • 2000: La Bohème
  • 2003: Tosca
  • 2004: Il Trovatore
  • 2005: Werther
  • 2006: Pagliacci
  • 2007: Cavalleria Rusticana
  • 2008/2010: Carmen
  • 2010: Andrea Chénier