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Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli (OMRI OMDSM) is an Italian operatic tenor and multi-instrumentalist who has won numerous awards. He was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma when he was five months old, and he went completely blind when he was 12 years old as a result of a soccer accident. In 1994, he shot to fame when he won the preliminary round of the 44th Sanremo Music Festival with his performance of "Miserere," earning the highest possible score ever recorded in the newcomer's section.

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From 1982 to the present, Bocelli has released 15 solo studio albums, including pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, which have sold over 75 million records worldwide. Known for his crossover performances, he has successfully brought classical music to the top of the international pop charts. His first compilation album, Romanza, is one of the best-selling albums. Sacred Arias is the best-selling classical album ever released by a single artist in history.

Background

Andrea Bocelli was born on September 22, 1958, in the small town of Lajatico, Italy. Although born with sight, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma and ultimately lost sight at age 12. During a soccer game, he was hit in the eye and suffered a brain hemorrhage that eventually caused his complete blindness.

Although he was born to farmers and winemakers, Bocelli was interested in music from a young age. At age six, he began piano lessons and learned six other instruments, including the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and percussion. Encouraged by his nanny, Bocelli began singing, and by age seven, he could recognize the most famous voices and started to emulate them. At age 14, Bocelli won his first singing competition by singing "O sole mio" at the Margherita d'Oro in Viareggio. He later studied law at the University of Pisa but performed in piano bars during the evening to earn money. He finished law school and spent a year practicing as a court-appointed lawyer.

Marriage, Wife, Divorce

While performing in piano bars during the early stages of his professional career, Bocelli met Enrica Cenzatti, who would become his first wife. On June 27 in 1992, they exchanged vows. The couple's first child, a son named Amos, was born on February 22, 1995. Matteo, their second son, was born on October 8 in 1997. In 2002, the couple decided to separate. Bocelli lives with his second wife, Veronica Berti, who also happens to be his manager. They met for the first time in 2002. Berti and Bocelli announced in September 2011 that they were expecting their first child together, a daughter, in the spring of 2012. His daughter Virginia was born on March 21, 2012, and she is his only child. The couple resides in the coastal town of Forte Dei Marmi on the Mediterranean. Bocelli's first wife and their two sons continue to live in the couple's previous home in the same comune, in the province of Versilia. Bocelli tied the knot with Veronica Berti on March 21, 2014, at the Sanctuary of Montenero in Livorno, Italy, located on the coast.

Bocelli's father, Alessandro Bocelli, died on April 30, 2000, at 76. So, on May 1, he sang for Pope John Paul II in Rome and immediately returned home to attend his father's funeral. His mother encouraged him to honor his commitments, and he did so. Bocelli performed Sogno (Dream) as an encore from his 1999 album Sogno, filmed for PBS and broadcast as American Dream—Andrea Bocelli's Statue of Liberty Concert. Bocelli dedicated the song to his father, who passed away in 2011.

Bocelli has enjoyed horseback riding for much of his life, although he is blind. On August 11, 2003, a section of the beach in Jesolo, on the Italian Adriatic coast, was dedicated to the late Andrea Bocelli. Bocelli purchased a second home in North Miami Beach in October of last year.

Bocelli is a self-declared supporter of the Italian soccer club Inter Milan, which he has visited several times. In an interview with a group of Inter supporters in Pisa, he stated, "The beginning of my love for Inter dates back to my college years when the club dominated the Italian and international soccer scene. My friends and I were at a bar celebrating when Inter won the Champions League in 2010. We were listening to the game on the radio, and everything was a little bit ahead of time, so I was celebrating a little bit before them. That same night, I was moved to tears of joy as well. The treble is a sensation that no one else in Italy will ever be able to match ."

Career

Caterina Caselli discovered Andrea Bocelli and encouraged him to make a demo tape. Being convinced, he sent the demo to the Italian Rock Star, Zucchero, in 1992.

Empressed with the demo tape, Zucchero recorded a duet which became a hit, offered Bocelli to accompany him on his 1993 concert tour. Sugar Music In Milan offered Bocelli a contract. Bocelli's debut album, "Il mare calmo della sera," was released in April 1994. It charted in the Italian Top Ten and was certified platinum within weeks. He released a studio album nearly every year after that including Bocelli (1995), Viaggio Italiano (1996-1997), Aria: The Opera Album (1998), Sogno (1999), Sacred Arias (1999), Verdi (2000), Cieli di Toscana (2001), Sentimento (2002), Andrea (2004), Amore (2006), Incanto (2008), My Christmas (2009), Passione (2013), Cinema (2015), and Si (2018).

Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas. Combined, they have sold over 90 million records worldwide.


Quick Facts
Date of Birth: 22-09-1958
Net Worth: $40 million
Ex. Wife: Enrica Bocelli
Wife: Veronica Berti
Ethnicity: White
Salary: N/A
Alma Mater: University of Pisa
Divorced Date: 2002
Marriage Date: 2010
Children: 4
Nationality: Italian
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Singer-songwriter record producer
Birth Place: Lajatico, Italy
Birth Sign: Virgo
Height: 1.87 m
Net Worth 2020: 100 million
Net Worth 2021: 100 million
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Last Modified: Jan 9 2022
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