Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Angel Bocelli

Bocelli receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2010
Background information
Born (1958-09-22) 22 September 1958 (age 61)
Lajatico, Italy
  • Opera singer (tenor)
  • Songwriter
  • Multi-instrumentalist
  • Record producer

Andrea Angel Bocelli OMRI OMDSM (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdreːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer.[1][2] Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli,"[1][3] and David Foster, a record producer, often describes Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world.[4][5]

Following a football accident, Bocelli was diagnosed with Traumatic glaucoma, becoming completely blind at age 12. Since 1982, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide.[6][7] He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.[1][8][9]

In 1998, Bocelli was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.[10] In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. "The Prayer" is his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[1] He captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records with the release of his classical album Sacred Arias, as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts.[1]

Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 March 2010 for his contribution to Live Theater.

Early life

Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli.[11] Doctors had advised the couple to abort him, as they predicted that the child would be born with a disability. It was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and he was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma.[12] He has stated that his mother's decision to give birth to him and overrule the doctor's advice was the inspiration for him to oppose abortion.[12]

Bocelli grew up on his family's farm where they sold farm machinery and made wine in the small village of La Sterza, a frazione of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy, about 40 km (25 mi) south of Pisa.[13] His mother and younger brother Alberto still live in the family home; his father died in 2000.[14]

Bocelli showed a great passion for music as a young boy. His mother has said that music was the only thing that would comfort him. He started piano lessons at age 6 and later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and drums.[11] His nanny Oriana gave him the first record of Franco Corelli, and he began to show interest in pursuing the career of a tenor.[15] By age 7, he was able to recognize the famous voices of the time and tried to emulate the great singers.[15]

At age 12, Bocelli lost his sight completely following an accident during an association football game.[10][16] He was hit in the eye playing goalkeeper during a match and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Doctors resorted to leeches in a last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful and he remained blind.[17]

Bocelli also spent time singing during his childhood.[18] He gave his first concert in a small village not far from where he was born.[15] He won his first song competition at age 14 with "'O sole mio" at the Margherita d'Oro in Viareggio.[18] He finished secondary school in 1980, and then studied law at the University of Pisa.[6][11] To earn money, he performed evenings in piano bars, and it was there that he met his future wife Enrica in 1987.[11] He completed law school and spent one year as a court-appointed lawyer.[19]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Andrea Bocelli
aragonés: Andrea Bocelli
asturianu: Andrea Bocelli
azərbaycanca: Andrea Boçelli
Bân-lâm-gú: Andrea Bocelli
башҡортса: Андреа Бочелли
беларуская: Андрэа Бачэлі
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Андрэа Бачэльлі
Bikol Central: Andrea Bocelli
български: Андреа Бочели
bosanski: Andrea Bocelli
brezhoneg: Andrea Bocelli
čeština: Andrea Bocelli
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Andrea Bocelli
español: Andrea Bocelli
Esperanto: Andrea Bocelli
français: Andrea Bocelli
hrvatski: Andrea Bocelli
Bahasa Indonesia: Andrea Bocelli
íslenska: Andrea Bocelli
italiano: Andrea Bocelli
latviešu: Andrea Bočelli
Lëtzebuergesch: Andrea Bocelli
lietuvių: Andrea Bocelli
македонски: Андреја Бочели
Malagasy: Andrea Bocelli
მარგალური: ანდრეა ბოჩელი
Bahasa Melayu: Andrea Bocelli
Nederlands: Andrea Bocelli
norsk nynorsk: Andrea Bocelli
português: Andrea Bocelli
română: Andrea Bocelli
Runa Simi: Andrea Bocelli
sicilianu: Andrea Bocelli
Simple English: Andrea Bocelli
slovenčina: Andrea Bocelli
slovenščina: Andrea Bocelli
српски / srpski: Andrea Bočeli
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Andrea Bocelli
Türkçe: Andrea Bocelli
українська: Андреа Бочеллі
Tiếng Việt: Andrea Bocelli