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Andrea Bocelli        

Italian Singer and Instrumentalist; Became Blind at the Age of 12

A Tuscan, like Puccini and Mascagni, Andrea Bocelli was born on 22nd September 1958 in the family farm of Lajatico, among the vineyards of the countryside of Pisa. His parents must be given credit for having encouraged young Andreas musical talent, allowing him to start studying the piano from the age of only six years old. Later his musical passion extended to the flute and the saxophone but it was in his voice that Andrea discovered the ideal instrument. This was the beginning of the formative process which would produce Bocelli, the star, a modern but old fashioned tenor (as he likes to describe himself).

At last, a legend for the new millennium. A legend in the Homeric sense of a myth, the word that speaks, flowered through singing, just like Caruso, Gigli, Del Monaco, Corelli A legend of Andrea Bocellis stature cannot be built through design: not even the most astute marketing would be able to come up with such a result. People simply recognize and vote for him. And this is what happened, in an apparently equal yet perfect context (a singing competition, the Sanremo festival in 2004), because the infancy of a legend follows a course which breaks traditions. From then on the tone of his voice has brought tenderness to the world and his fame has increased exponentially. Because if God could sing, He would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli: even Celine Dions famous comment is a clear, unadorned testament to the artists mythical status as well as the perception of a giftThat voice, that simultaneously melancholic and radiant color, unrivalled in the expression of the song of a lover or a father, a matchless expression of earthly desire or heavenly love. Close to celebrate his first twenty years of career with 80 million record sales to testify to it.

I dont think one decides to become a singer, It is decided for you by the reactions of the people around you.Andrea Bocelli had to reckon with a double gift, both elements of which are completely absorbing. The first aspect is a timbre which is as recognisable as a signature, full and powerful, with a versatility ranging from the belcanto to the furor of verismo, from the sacred repertoire to the popular ballads. The second gift is a more delicate one: lifes journey led Andrea Bocelli in adolescence to a different ability which deprived him of sight. This was truly a privation which increased the flow of an extraordinary and unique sensibility which transforms and transcends boundaries, causing him to excel in his interpretation of the lyrics, in his perception of the subtleties of musical expression.

Bocelli, the superb voice that the opera had been awaiting for years, exploded onto the world stage performing one song. An unusual route offering extraordinary possibilities: a real breath of fresh air in a world that of the opera that risks forgetting its own popular origins. It rang out in every corner of the world in Time to say goodbye, while on stage it resonated in the operatic masterpieces: a voice which combines the power of the heroic tone with a youthful tenors grace strengthened by an unusually polished timbre.

There is something miraculous about the parallel track along which the tenor Andrea Bocellis career developed. In 1996 the melody of the song Con te Partiro` (and later its arrangement as a duet with Sarah Brightman with the title Time to say Goodbye) was heard in every corner of the world. The Bocelli phenomenon was talked about everywhere: an artist whose explosion into the recording world with an album entitled Romanza was breaking all records. In Germany, for example, the duet became the best selling single of all times. At the same time Andrea embarked on his operatic adventure, with a careful management of his voice. In Torre del Lago, in the summer of 1997, Bocelli performed parts of Madame Butterfly and Tosca, and also the aria dei 9 do from La fille du regiment which received a standing ovation. In 1998 came a new debut, this time playing Rodolfo - alongside Daniela Dessi - in Puccinis La Bohme in Cagliari. That same year he met M. Zubin Mehta and this led to the beginning of a successful collaboration between them. 1999 was a very intense year. Andrea performed at the Arena in Verona for the first time where he was applauded by an audience of eighteen thousand. In October, he made his debut in the United States in Massenets Werther. At the same time his album Sogno was released, which included Andreas duet with Cline Dion of The Prayer, which had already won the Golden Globe Award and was subsequently nominated for an Oscar. From this point on the Bocelli legend, supported by huge record sales, was unstoppable. His concerts would find the most celebrated directors on the podium such as Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Valeri Gergev, Zubin Mehta and Myun Whun Chung.

In January 2001, Andrea made his debut on stage in Verona in Mascagnis Amico Fritz. On 28th October, following an invitation by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, he sang Schuberts Ave Maria at Ground Zero before the world as part of the memorial to the victims of 9/11. In the summer of 2002 he performed in the role of Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly at Torre del Lago. Following further successful pop recordings and international awards in 2004 Bocelli continued to develop his operatic stage career (playing Cavaradossi in Tosca and then the lead in Werther in Bologna) as well as performing at many large concert venues

Andrea Bocelli faces the new decade and continues in his tireless concert and lyrical activities, constantly extending his repertoire to reach completely new territories of music, such as Baroque and Lieder works. He interpreted an extremely complex Lieder program the international project entitled the Notte Illuminata in February 2011, receiving an incredible 20 minute standing ovation. This seals the debut of the artist at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. A city where he returned on September 15th of the same year for the extraordinary concert held on the Great Lawn in Central Park, singing with artists such as Bryn Terfel, Celine Dion and Tony Bennett, and accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert: an exceptional event which was broadcast by WNET and recorded to make a CD and DVD (Concerto: One Night in Central Park) distributed in over 70 different countries.In February 2012, another debut in the lyrical world: Bocelli starred on stage at the Carlo Felice theatre in Genoa in the lead role of Gounods Romo et Juliette directed by Fabio Luisi. Also of this production a double CD has been made and released in November. In 2012 also a new CD Opera is released. It is an anthology of the most dazzling moments in the history of opera performed in twenty years of international career, in addition to the Complete Opera Edition, a box again the label Decca which brings together in eighteen CDs, the lyrical recording of complete Operas performed by the Tuscan tenor up to now.

In October during the London ceremony for the prestigious Classic Brit Awards 2012he was awarded by the composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webb the award International Artist of the Year.

On the pop side, Andrea Bocelli has been for more than twenty years one of the most loved and followed stars at a global level. On January 29th 2013 he will release his new, highly anticipated, album Passione including some of the most beautiful love songs ever, featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado.

The more I immerse myself in singing, the less I understand. I only know that God has given me a voice which allows me to express what I feel, and in this sense I believe I can describe it as a recognizable voice... The true greatness of an artist is measured also by his humbleness, in spite of world fame and the awareness of the cultural and social function, which his name represents. We finally have a legend who is worthy of this cumbersome title. Finally we have a voice for the new millennium.



Andrea Bocelli Honored At Star-Studded Keep Memory Alive Gala

On Saturday, June 13, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry honored Andrea and Veronica Bocelli at the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

12-year-old boy shares the stage with Andrea Bocelli

Michael Merlino, a 12-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic, opens up about singing with his idol Andrea Bocelli.

Andrea Bocelli: Why Pope Francis Makes Me Cry | TIME

Barry King—Getty Images Opera Singer Andrea Bocelli arrives at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept.

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