Andrea Bocelli

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Born: September 22, 1958; Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy  
Andrea Bocelli has been called "the fourth tenor"; the blind, Tuscan-born vocalist has emerged as one of the most popular voices in the arena of light classical and crossover vocals and has made inroads into the world of opera as well. His participation in Pavarotti's 1992 hit Miserere album and Zucchero Fornaciari's 1993 world tour brought him international attention. Bocelli has been most successful as a pop ballad singer, having recorded duets Read more with Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman, and Eros Ramazzotti. Al Jarreau, who sang with Bocelli during "The Night of Proms" in November 1995, praised Bocelli with these words: "I have had the honor to sing with the most beautiful voice in the world."

Bocelli grew up on farm in Lajatico, a rural village in Tuscany. 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. Despite his obvious musical talents, Bocelli did not consider a career in music until he had studied law at the University of Pisa and had earned a Doctor of Law degree. Inspired to pursue music, he studied with the famed tenor Franco Corelli, supporting himself by peforming in piano bars.

Bocelli's first break as a singer came in 1992 when Fornaciari auditioned tenors to record a demo tape of Miserere, which he had co-written with Bono of the Irish rock group U2. Successfully passing the audition, Bocelli recorded the tune as a duet with Pavarotti. After touring with Fornaciari in 1993, Bocelli performed as a guest star in the Pavarotti International festival held in Modena in September 1994. In addition to performing solo and in a duet with Pavarotti, Bocelli sang with Bryan Adams, Andreas Vollenweider, and Nancy Gustavsson. In November 1995, Bocelli toured Holland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and France on the pop "Night of Proms" bill, which also featured Al Jarreau, Bryan Ferry, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, and John Miles.

Bocelli's first two albums -- 1994's Andrea Bocelli and 1996's Bocelli -- showcased his operatic singing. His third effort, Viaggio Italiano (Italian Journey), featured famous arias and traditional songs from Naples. Although released only in Italy, the album sold more than 300,000 copies. With his fourth album, Romanza, released in 1997, Bocelli turned to pop music. The album included the hit "Time To Say Goodbye," recorded as a duet with Sarah Brightman. Bocelli continued to focus on pop balladry with his fifth album, Sogno, released in 1999, which featured a duet with Celine Dion on the David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager-penned tune, "The Prayer"; it sold more than ten million copies, received a Golden Globe award and led to Bocelli being nominated for a Grammy as best new artist.

The early 2000s saw Bocelli making an attempt to win credibility in the world of mainstream opera, touring in a series of operatic appearances and releasing the album Verdi and taking lead roles in recorded versions of Tosca, La bohème, and Il trovatore. Some opera fans pointed to deficiencies in his partially microphone-formed technique, while others lauded his ability to bring new audiences to opera. Neither the admirers nor the detractors could ignore the sheer charisma that drew ordinary listeners to this genuine, unassuming vocal star. Read less

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Born: September 22, 1958; Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy  
Andrea Bocelli has been called "the fourth tenor"; the blind, Tuscan-born vocalist has emerged as one of the most popular voices in the arena of light classical and crossover vocals and has made inroads into the world of opera as well. His participation in Pavarotti's 1992 hit Miserere album and Zucchero Fornaciari's 1993 world tour brought him international attention. Bocelli has been most successful as a pop ballad singer, having recorded duets Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
"Nessun dorma"
"Nessun dorma"
Ouverture
"Vérone vit jadis deux familles rivales"
"L'heure s'envole"
"Eh bien! Cher Paris"
"Ah! Qu'elle est belle!...Ecoutez! écouter!"
"Allons! jeunes gens! Allons! belles dames!"
"Enfin la place est libre, amis!"
"Mab, la reine des mensonges"
"Eh! bien! que l'avertissement"
"Voyons nourrice, on m'attend, parle vite!"
"Non! Non! Je ne veux pas t'ecouter plus longtemps...Ah, je veux vivre dans ce reve"
"Le nom de cette belle enfant?"
"De grâce, demeurez!...Ange adorable"
"Quelqu'un!...C'est mon cousin Tybalt!"
"C'était Roméo!"
Entr'acte
"O nuit! Sous tes ailes obscures abrite-moi!"
"L'amour! L'amour! ...Ah! lève-toi, soleil!"
"Hélas! moi, le haïr!"
"Ecoute! on vient"
"De qui parlez-vous donc?"
"O nuit divine! je t'implore"
"Ah! ne fuis pas encore!"
"Adieu mille fois!...Va! repose en paix!"
Entr'acte
"Mon père! Dieu vous garde!"
"Dieu qui fit l'homme à ton image"
"Roméo! Tu choisis Juliette pour femme?...O pur bonheur!"
"Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître"
"Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle?"
"Ah! ah! voici nos gens"
"Quelle rage! Vertudieu!"
"Allons! tu ne me connais pas, Tybalt"
"Que le diable soit de vos deux maisons!"
"O" jour de deuil! ô jour de larmes!
"Le Duc! Le Duc!"
"Ah! Jour de deuil et d'horreur et d'alarmes"
Orchestral introduction
"Va! je t'ai pardonné"
"Roméo! Qu'as tu donc?"
"Juliette! Ah! le ciel soit loué"
"Quoi! Ma fille, la nuit à peine est achevée"
"Que l'hymne nuptial succède aux cris d'alarmes"
"Mon père! tout m'accable!"
"Buvez donc ce breuvage"
"Hésitez-vous?"
"Dieu! Quel frisson court dans mes veines"
"Amour ranime mon courage"
Le sommeil de Juliette
"C'est la!...Salut! Tombeau!"
"O ma femme! O ma bien-aimée!"
"A toi, ma Juliette!"
"Console-toi- pauvre âme"
Preludio
"O lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa" (Siciliana)
"Ah!"
"Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini"
"Dite, mamma Lucia"
"Il cavallo scalpita"
"Beato voi, compar Alfio"
"Regina coeli, laetare"
"Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto" (Preghiera)
"Voi lo sapete, o mama" (Romanza)
"Tu qui, Santuzza?"
"Fior di giaggiolo"
"Turiddu, è passato Alfio?"
"Ah! lo vedi, che hai tu detto?"
"No, no, Turiddu, rimani"
"Oh! Il Signore vi manda" (Duetto)
"Turridu mi tolse l'onore"
Intermezzo sinfonico
"A casa, a casa amici ...Comare Lola"
"Intanto, amici, qua...Viva il vino spumeggiante"
"A voi tutti salute!"
"Compar Alfio!"
"Mamma, quel vino è generoso"
"Turridu? Che vuoi dire?"
Prelude
"Si può? Signore! Signori!"
"Son qua! Ritornano"
"Un grande spettacolo!"
"Un tal gioco, credetemi"
"I zampognari!"
"Qual fiamma aveva nel guardo!"
"Stridono lassù"
"Sei là" - "So ben che difforme" - "Oh! lasciami"
"Nedda! Silvio, a quest'ora"
"Decidi il mio destin"
Non mi tentar!
"E allor perchè, di' tu m'hai stregato"
Cammina adagio
Derisione e scherno!
"Recitar!...Vesti la giubba"
Intermezzo
"Presto, affrettiamoci"
"Pagliaccio, mio marito"
"O Colombina, il tenero fido Arlecchin" - "Di fare il segno"
"E dessa! Dei, come è bella"
"Arlecchin! Colombina!" - "Prendi questo narcotico"
"Versa il filtro ne la tazza sua!"
"No, Pagliaccio non son"
"Sperai, tanto il delirio"
"Suvvia, cosi terrible"
"All'erta! all'erta!"
"Di due figli"
"Che più t'arresti?"
"Tacea la notte" - "Quanto narrasti di turbamento"
"Di tale amor"
"Tacea la notte! ...Il Trovator!"
"Deserto sulla terra"
"Infida!...Qual voce!"
Di geloso amor sprezzato...Un instante almen dia loco
"Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)
"Stride la vampa!"
"Mesta è la tua canzon!"
"Soli or siamo"..."Condotta ell'era in ceppi"
"Non son tuo figlio?"
"Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto"
"L'usato messo Ruiz invia"
"Perigliarti ancor languente"
"Tutto è deserto"
"Il balen del suo sorriso"
Qual suono! Oh ciel!
Per me, ora fatale i tuo momenti affretta
"Ah, se l'error t'ingombra"
"Perchè piangete?"
"E deggio e posso crederlo?"
"Or co' dadi"
"Squilli, echeggi la tromba"
In braccio al mio rival!
"Giorni poveri vivea"
Deh! rallentate, o barbari, le acerbe mie ritorte
"Quale d'armi fragor"
"Ah sì ben mio"
L'onda de' suoni mistici
"Di quella pira"
"Siam giunti: ecco la torre"
"D'amor sull'ali rosee"
"Miserere d'un'alma"
"Tu vedrai che amore"
Udiste? Come albeggi
A te davanti! - Qual voce!
"Mira di acerbe lagrime"
"Vivrà!...contende il giubilo"
Madre, non dormi?...Ai nostri monti
Si la stanchezza m'opprime...O figlio
"Che! Non m'inganno! Quel fioco lume..."
"Parlar non vuoi?"
"Ti scosta!"
"Prima che d'altri vivere"
"Ah! Finalmente!"
"E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
"Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Voi! Cavaradossi!
"Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
"E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
"Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
"Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Or tutto è chiaro ... Mario? Mario?
"Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
"Tosca è un buon falco!"
"Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Ov'è Angelotti? ... Ed or fra noi parliam
"Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
"Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
"Floria..." - "Amore..."
Vittoria! Vittoria!
Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
"Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Chi è là?
"Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
"Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
"E lucevan le stelle"
"Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
"Come è lunga l'attesta!"
"Presto, su! Mario!"
1. Requiem
2. Dies irae
2. Tuba mirum
2. Liber scriptus
2. Quid sum miser
2. Rex tremendae
2. Recordare
2. Ingemisco
2. Confutatis
2. Lacrymosa
3. Offertorium
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Lux aeterna
7. Libera me


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