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Andrea Bocelli is known as a blind Italian opera singer and songwriter.
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 his sight completely at age 12. During a soccer game, he was hit in the eye and suffered a brain hemorrhage that ultimately caused his complete blindness.
Although he was born to a family of farmers and winemakers, Bocelli was interested in music from a young age. He began piano lessons at age 6 and continued on to learn six other instruments including the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and percussion. Encouraged by his nanny, he began singing and by age 7 he could recognize 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 actually spent a year practicing as a court-appointed lawyer.
Bocelli met his first wife, Enrica Cenzatti, at a piano bar during the start of his career while finishing college and working as a law intern. They got married on June 27, 1992 and had two children named Amos (February 1995) and Matteo (October 1997). They were separated in 2002 but retain an amicable relationship.
Bocelli met Veronica Berti the same year of his divorce. She later gave birth to Bocelli's first daughter, Virginia, nearly ten years later on March 21 of 2012. The couple married exactly two years after their daughter's birth on March 21, 2014 at the Sanctuary of Montenero in Livorno, Italy. They currently live in Forte dei Marmi, while his other children continue to live in Versilia with their mother.
"She's been like a mother to my two boys", Bocelli states of his wife, Veronica, in a 2014 interview, "and she has done a wonderful job of establishing a good relationship with my first wife, too." "We have never had a fight, but we have argued. In this life, we learn a lot from our mistakes and I certainly have learned from the mistakes in my first marriage. The second is working very well, indeed."
Bocelli jokingly states "I am a very lazy man, so, for me, the dream is to be at home on the chair with my family."
Caterina Caselli discovered Andrea Bocelli and encouraged him to make a demo tape. It was sent to the Italian Rock Star, Zucchero in 1992. The resulting duet became a hit, and Bocelli accompanied Zucchero on his 1993 concert tour. He was offered a contract with Sugar Music in Milan. 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 thereafter 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.
People Magazine voted Bocelli one of their 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 and he also earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for Sacred Arias, his classical album that simultaneously held the top three spots on the US Classical Albums charts. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, and his duet with Celine Dion titled "The Prayer" won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Bocelli was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on March 2, 2010 for his Live Theatre contributions.
He is well regarded by his famous icons. In 2009, Elizabeth Taylor said "My mind, my soul were transported by his beauty, his voice, his inner being" after seeing his Hollywood Bowl performance. Celine Dion has stated, "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." Jazz singer Al Jarrea and producer David Foster have both declared Bocelli's voice to be "the most beautiful voice in the world." Oprah Winfrey announced on her talk show "when I hear Andrea sing, I burst into tears."
Bocelli established the Andrea Bocelli Foundation in 2011 in order to "empower people and communities in situations of poverty." "I strongly believe that love does justice", he says. "And it is for this simple reason that we are all responsible for building a better world."
In addition to his foundation, he has also participated in numerous charity benefit concerts such as the Michael Jackson benefit in 1998, the Memorial Concert at Ground Zero in honor of the September 11 victims, and the Music of Asia festival in 2004 for the Indian tsunami appeal. He performed at the 52nd Grammy Awards alongside Mary J. Blige and David Foster in order to raise awareness for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He also performed at the Children in Need Rocks Manchester concert in November of 2011.
Bocelli worked alongside his hometown of Lajatico in 2006 in order to build an outdoor theatre named "Teatro del Silenzio" (The Theater of Silence.) Every July, for one night only, Bocelli performs a concert there. Every other night of the year, it remains silent.
Bocelli is a dedicated Catholic and is passionately pro-life. Doctors had advised his mother to abort Bocelli in the womb due to his disabled eyesight. Thankfully, she did not, and her decision formed the foundation of his beliefs. Nevertheless, he chooses not to talk about his blindness when it can be avoided, asking interviewers to "go to the next question". In regards to religion, he states, "Religion has the first place in my life. I do not think anyone can ever do anything without the help and will of God." "It is not Christian to go against someone. I am in favor of life. And, of course, personally I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily."
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