Andrea Bocelli



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 bohčme, 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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  • 51.
    Sacred Arias (Cd & Dvd Special Edition) / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000127500 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Eric Levi,  Georges Bizet,  Jean-Paul Lécot  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Coro di Voci Bianche dell'Arcum,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
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  • 52.
    Puccini: Tosca / Bocelli, Cedolins, Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473710 Release Date: 05/06/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cedolins,  Carlo Guelfi,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Matteo Peirone  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Fiesole School of Music Women's Chorus
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  • 53.
    The Dream Cast - Puccini: La Bohčme / Alagna, Bocelli, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472619 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Ettore Bastianini,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Herbert von Karajan,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Sentimento / Andrea Bocelli, Lorin Maazel, London So
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473450 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Jacques Offenbach,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Verdi: Requiem / Gergiev, Fleming, Borodina, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468079 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Olga Borodina,  Andrea Bocelli,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 56.
    The #1 Opera Album Vol 1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467632 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Andrea Bocelli,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Michele Pertusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Leone Magiera,  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 57.
    Puccini: La Bohčme / Mehta, Bocelli, Frittoli, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 464060 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Barbara Frittoli,  Andrea Bocelli,  Mario Luperi,  Eva Mei  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 52032 Release Date: 06/20/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 59.
    Sacred Arias - Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462600 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  John Francis Wade,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Hymn For The World 2 / Chung, Bartoli, Bocelli, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459146 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eric Levi,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Andrea Bocelli,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Aria - The Opera Album / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462033 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Andrea Bocelli - Viaggio Italiano
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 533123 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Ernesto Tagliaferri,  Salvatore Gambardella,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Renato Serio,  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Choral Academy,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Romanza / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 539207 Release Date: 09/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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  • 64.
    Pavarotti & Friends 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444460 Release Date: 06/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bryan Adams,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Gustafson,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Andreas Vollenweider,  Giorgia  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Michael Kamen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bryan Adams Band,  Andreas Vollenweider
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