Bocelli has been most successful as a pop ballad singer, having recorded duets with Celine Dion, Sarah Brightmanand Eros Ramazzotti. Beginning piano lessons at the age of six, he later added flute and saxophone to his talents. Born with poor eyesight, he became totally blind at the age of 12 following a soccer accident.
Early life[ edit ] Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. It was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and he was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. 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. Doctors resorted to leeches in a last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful and he remained blind.
Sanremo and Il mare calmo della sera[ edit ] InItalian rock star Zucchero held auditions for tenors to make a demo tape of his song "Miserere", to send to Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. After hearing Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti urged Zucchero to use Bocelli instead of him.
The demo tape was from Caterina Caselliwho had discovered Bocelli. Zucchero eventually persuaded Pavarotti to record the song with Bocelli, and it became a hit throughout Europe.
He won the preliminary competition with the highest marks ever recorded in the newcomers section. Following his win, Bocelli released his debut album of the same name in April, and it entered the Italian Top Ten, being certified platinum within weeks.
Bocelli and Romanza[ edit ] As winner of the newcomers section at the Sanremo Festival, Bocelli was invited to return the following year. Changing the title lyric of the song to " Time to Say Goodbye ", they re-recorded it as a duet with members of the London Symphony Orchestra and sang it as a farewell for Maske.
With sales nearing three million copies, and a sextuple platinum award, "Time to Say Goodbye" eclipsed the previous best-selling single by more than one million copies.
He also recorded a Portuguese version of the song with Brazilian singer Sandy. Released in Decemberthe song became a hit in Belgium Wallonia and France, where it reached No.
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On 19 October, he sang at the TeleFood benefit concert held in the Vatican City to raise awareness about world hunger. The Opera Album was released in March. Actress Elizabeth Taylor stood by his side on the stage during the encore, while he sang "The Prayer".
His seventh album Sacred Ariaswhich contains exclusively sacred musicwas released worldwide on 8 November, and two weeks later reached number one on the US Classic Billboard charts — making Bocelli the first vocalist to hold all top three places on the chart, with Aria, the opera album in second place, and Viaggio Italiano in third place.
The album also included the hymn of the Holy Year which was chosen as the official version by the Vatican in October. On 30 November, his book La musica del silenzio, an autobiographical novel, was released in Italy,  and in it was turned into a movie as The Music of Silencedirected by Michael Radford.
From 12 to 21 December, he performed six concerts in BarcelonaStrasbourgLisbon, ZagrebBudapest and Messinasome of which were broadcast on local television.
He also performed on German television; Wetten, dass.? On 31 December, he finished a marathon twenty-four concerts in thirty days, with a concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York, welcoming in the new millennium.
Bocelli performed it with Dion at the ceremony. His "World Tour " started on 31 March. The concert was a dedication to his father, who died in the beginning of His seventh album, Verdiwas released on 11 September.
In September, he performed three concerts in Australia. In December, he received another award in Germany, the Goldene Europa for classical music. On 19 March, the Requiem album was released with Bocelli as tenor.
On 17 June, he performed at the re-opening of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice on 4 October, he presented his new album Cieli di Toscana and was recognised for having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. In October, he opened the celebrations of the th anniversary of the birth of Sicilian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini in Catania.
In November, he received the Platinum Europe Award for one million sales of the album Cieli di Toscana, and at the Italian Music Awards he was given a special award from the Federation of the Italian Music Industry for his merits as an "Ambassador of Italian music in the world".
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Further presentations took place in Milan and New York, and the album was released on 4 November, selling over two million copies in 40 days. In March for the first time he appeared as a producer, at the Sanremo Festival, where the young artists Allunati and Jacqueline Ferry sang for his new record label, Clacksong.Well, what can we say, on one hand, we have romantic singer Ed Sheeran singing "Perfect" which is becoming a hit for all couples and on the other, we have the legendary opera singer Andrea Bocelli doing what he does best bringing out the goosebumps.
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Andrea Bocelli, (born September 22, , Lajatico, near Pisa, Italy), Italian opera tenor noted for his unique blend of opera and pop music. From a young age Bocelli was afflicted with congenital glaucoma.
He began taking piano lessons at . The problem is that the market for classical music and opera, especially CDs, is in decline. The BBC is doing everything possible to undermine the arts. For example, The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is now consigned to BBC4 rather than BBC2.
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.
  He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.