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Andrea Bocelli (born September 22, 1958 in Lajatico,
Tuscany, Italy) is a singer, writer and music producer.
Andrea Bocelli, An operatic tenor, released four complete operas (La Boheme,
Il Trovatore, Werther and Tosca) and over eleven other albums, both classical
and popular in style. Bocelli has two sons Amos (b. 1995) and Matteo (b.
1997). He was married but has since separated from his only wife, Enrica.
Bocelli was born with glaucoma, and was blinded at the age of 12 by a
brain hemorrhage, which he suffered when hit on the head playing football.
He will not discuss his disability and has always played it down.
As a child Andrea Bocelli was already playing the church organ, and at
the age of 12 won the Margherita d'Oro in Viareggio with O sole mio, his
first competition win. After working for a year as a lawyer (Bocelli graduated
as a Doctor of Law from the University of Pisa) he undertook singing lessons
from Maestro Luciano Bettarini, taking up music full time. Bocelli has
never stopped his vocal training, attending a master class with renowned
tenor Franco Corelli in Torino, for example.
The Italian rock star Zucchero Fornaciari first auditioned Andrea while
scouting for tenors in 1992; upon hearing the tape, tenor Luciano Pavarotti
urged Zucchero to use Andrea instead of himself. In 1994 Andrea performed
the winning entry Il mare calmo della sera in the San Remo Festival, which
lead to his first Golden Disc. That year he debuted as Macduff in Giuseppe
Verdi's Macbeth, sang at Pavarotti's benefit concert at Modena, and before
the Pope at Christmas.
In the 1995 San Remo festival Andrea won fourth place
singing Con Te Partirò.
In 1996 in Germany with soprano Sarah Brightman,Andrea Bocelli sang an
English version of Con Te Partiro, entitled Time to Say Goodbye, which
broke sales records and stayed in the German top ten for nearly six months.
In subsequent years Andrea performed at Paris, Bologna, Torre del Lago
and the Vatican, and released further albums, until entering the American
market in 1998 with a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts in Washington and a White House reception. Both that year and in
1999 Andrea embarked on tours to North and South America and duets with
Céline Dion. Andrea's albums top the US classical album charts.
In 2002 Andrea repeated his America tour, winning two World Music Awards.
Since then, Andrea has continued to expand his career with concert appearances
throughout the world.
Charitable and other works
Bocelli has sung for many charitable events and occasions, such as at
Ground Zero in October 2001; several of the "Pavarotti & Friends
for Children" events; participated in the Sharon Osbourne CD project
for tsunami relief; and performed in a large, televised concert in Italy
in March 2005 called "Music for Asia". Not limited to singing,
Andrea has contributed to several written works, including a short piece
on friendship in a compilation by Dorris Platt, and the foreward to an
Italian book about shared custody. Bocelli also published a thinly-disguised
autobiography named "The Music of Silence" in 2001.
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