Andrea Bocelli

Composers

Biography

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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    Amore Infinito - Songs Inspired By Poetry Of John Paul Ii / Placido Domingo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305380 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Antonio Galbiati,  Fiorenzo Zanotti,  Stefano Tomaselli  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Vanessa Williams,  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Josh Groban  ... 
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Children's Chorus
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    Love In Portofino
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 001926500 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferdinando "Fred" Buscagl,  Ennio Morricone,  Carson C. Parks,  Salvatore d' Esposito  ... 
    Performer:  Ludovico Vagnone,  Andrea Bocelli,  John Robinson,  Juan Carlos Albelo  ... 
    Conductor:  Giacomo Loprieno,  William Ross
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    Passione / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 001758602 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Dominguez,  Armando Trovaioli,  Salvatore d' Esposito,  Osvaldo Farres  ... 
    Performer:  Jochem van der Saag,  David Foster,  John Robinson,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  William Ross
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    Passione [Deluxe Edition] / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 001799502 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Dominguez,  Armando Trovaioli,  Salvatore d' Esposito,  Osvaldo Farres  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Jennifer López,  Nelly Furtado,  Edith Piaf
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    Gounod: Romeo Et Juliette / Bocelli, Alberola, Luisi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001731802 Release Date: 11/20/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Maite Alberola,  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Genoa Teatro del Carlo Felice Orchestra,  Genoa Teatro del Carlo Felice Chorus
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    Andrea Bocelli - The Complete Opera Edition [18 CD-Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001769302 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Umberto Giordano,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli,  Barbara Frittoli,  Andrea Bocelli,  Mario Luperi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Marco Armiliato,  Steven Mercurio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1007092 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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    Lang Lang - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697972 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang,  Wu Yuxia,  Chen Shasha  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Valery Gergiev,  Long Yu,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China  ... 
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  • 9.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610309 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    The Essential Collection
    Label: Warner Music   Catalog: 65864 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ben Moody,  Traditional,  Eric Levisalles,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins,  Andrea Bocelli,  Chris Botti
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001597702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610000 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [Blu-ray]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 2787792 Release Date: 11/14/2011  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 16.
    The Best Of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 999 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elio Isola,  Giuseppe Vessicchio,  Malise / Gloria Nuti,  Celso Valli / Angelo Anas  ... 
    Performer:  David Foster,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jochem van der Saag,  Dean Parks  ... 
    Conductor:  Mauro Malavasi,  Celso Valli
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    The Opera Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566102 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 927175 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Nigel Hess,  Robert Prizeman,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Roberto Alagna,  Yundi Li,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Armstrong,  Nigel Hess,  Robert Prizeman,  Sally Herbert  ... 
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  • 19.
    Bizet: Carmen Arias & Duets / Bocelli, Chung, Terfel, Domashenko
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001459102 Release Date: 08/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Marina Domashenko,  Bryn Terfel,  Eva Mei
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Believe
    Label: Reprise   Catalog: 522190 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meredith Willson,  Sarah McLachlan,  Eric Levi,  Richard Marx  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins,  David Foster,  Dean Parks,  Gayle Levant  ... 
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    Bizet: Carmen / Chung, Terfel, Bocelli, Domashenko
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001400202 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Marina Domashenko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Bryn Terfel,  Eva Mei
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Armiliato, Bocelli, Urmana, Gallo
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001400102 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Andrea Bocelli,  Lucio Gallo
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
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  • 23.
    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 001375109 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Katherine K. Davis,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Mel Torme
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 24.
    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001365700 Release Date: 11/23/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lynn Ahrens,  Eric Levi,  Pietro Yon,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Katherine Jenkins,  Reba McEntire,  Mary J. Blige  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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  • 25.
    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001343702 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lynn Ahrens,  John Francis Wade,  James Pierpont,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  David Foster,  Courtney Blooding,  Dean Parks  ... 
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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