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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
Opera - The Ultimate Collection / Andrea Bocelli
Release Date: 10/21/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002181302   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Domingo, Bocelli, Martinez
Release Date: 10/21/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002165102   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    The Tribute To Pavarotti [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001261559 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Cesare Andrea Bixio,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Andrea Bocelli,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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  • 27.
    Luciano Pavarotti - The Duets
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001225209 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eduardo Di Capua,  César Franck,  Various
    Performer:  Sheryl Crow,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Bryan Adams,  Sting  ... 
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  • 28.
    Pavarotti - The Duets
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001224502 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brian Eno,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Zucchero  ... 
    Performer:  Bono,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Brian Eno,  Sheryl Crow  ... 
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  • 29.
    Incanto / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001216102 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Ernesto De Curtis,  G. E. Cali  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Bonitatibus,  Veronica Berti
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  • 30.
    Incanto / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001216200 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Ernesto De Curtis,  G. E. Cali  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Bonitatibus,  Veronica Berti
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  • 31.
    The Magic Of Lang Lang - Chopin, Mozart, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001077402 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Lu Wencheng,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 32.
    Symphony / Sarah Brightman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 46078 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 33.
    Vivere - Live in Tuscany (w/CD) / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001066950 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Heather Headley,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 34.
    Vivere - Live In Tuscany (W/Dvd) / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001066500 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Chris Botti,  Lang Lang,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 35.
    Puccini Gold - Pavarotti, Netrebko, Bocelli, Villazón, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001057802 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti,  José Carreras,  Montserrat Caballé  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan,  Nicola Luisotti,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 36.
    The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 000998802 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Celine Dion,  Laura Pausini,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 37.
    The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (Deluxe Edition W/Dvd)
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 001008600 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Celine Dion,  Laura Pausini,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 38.
    Pavarotti Forever / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001017002 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Teodoro Cottrau,  Tommaso Giordani,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  David Romano,  Frank Sinatra,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Emerson Buckley,  Piero Gamba,  James Levine,  Oliviero de Fabritiis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Bocelli, Marrocu, Antonucci, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000718002 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Paoletta Marrocu,  Stefano Antonucci,  Elena Belfiore,  Enkelejda Shkosa  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus,  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Mercurio, Bocelli, Martinez, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000718102 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Francesco Piccoli,  Roberto Accurso  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra,  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus
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  • 41.
    Under the Desert Sky [CD+DVD - Digipack] / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 000783100 Release Date: 11/07/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Consuelo Velazquez,  Alfonso Alpin
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 42.
    Under the Desert Sky [CD+DVD] / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 000783050 Release Date: 11/07/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Consuelo Velazquez,  Alfonso Alpin
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 43.
    Everybody's Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000707102 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Teresa Berganza,  Joan Edwards,  Margreta Elkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Edward Downes,  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Many Voices / Steven Mercurio
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87227 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steven Mercurio
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Andrea Bocelli,  Gino Quilico,  Marcello Giordani  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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  • 45.
    Andrea Bocelli - A Night In Tuscany
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000679209 Release Date: 04/18/2006  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa,  Various
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Sarah Brightman,  Nuccia Focile,  Zucchero
    Conductor:  Marcello Rota
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Pisana Chorus
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  • 46.
    Amore / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 000606902 Release Date: 01/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Creatore,  Alfonso Alpin,  Roberto Carlos,  Aldo Donati  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 47.
    The Classical Album 2005
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000529102 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Agustín Lara,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Lorin Maazel,  Bryn Terfel,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Massenet: Werther / Abel, Bocelli, Gertseva, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000407802 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Natale de Carolis,  Yulia Gertseva,  Magali Léger,  Giorgio Giuseppini  ... 
    Conductor:  Yves Abel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Children's Chorus
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  • 49.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Mercurio, Bocelli, Villarroel, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000262902 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Elena Zaremba,  Carlo Guelfi,  Carlo Colombara,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra,  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus
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  • 50.
    Bryn - Bryn Terfel Sings Favorites
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000130502 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Hoagy Carmichael,  William Henry Monk,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Catrin Finch,  Bryn Terfel,  Martin Taylor,  Neil Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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