"When he sings, he radiates sincerity, honesty, romance, and passion. The words may have been written by others, but when you hear him sing you know that he has made them his own. When he sings these songs, it's from his heart; it is with his emotions and experiences, his joys and sorrows".
In addition to an opera tenor from Tuscany, Italy Andrea Bocelli is also an amazing writer and music producer. He has released four complete operas (La Boheme, Il Trovatore, Werther and Tosca) and over eleven other albums, both classical and popular in style. Andrea's albums top the US classical album charts.
Bocelli pursued a career in music after he had studied law at the University of Pisa and had earned a Doctor Of Law degree. Then, he studied music with a famed tenor Franco Corelli. At night Andrea would play in piano bars and clubs inorder to pay the fees. It was at one of these venues that he met Enrica, his future wife. The couple has now been married for eight years, with two sons, Amos and Matteo.
Road to Success
Andrea's national recognition came in 1992 when he was first auditioned by the Italian rock star Zucchero Fornaciari who was looking for tenors. This led to his winning performance of Il mare calmo della sera in the San Remo Festival in 1994 earning him his first Golden Disc. After that it was a string of hit performances at various concerts and national events including Pavarotti's benefit concert at Modena, and Christmas before the Pope. That same year he also debuted as Macduff in Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth. He had released one album before teaming up with Sarah Brightman in 1996 for the English version duet Time to Say Goodbye. This collaboration happened when Sarah was in a cafe one day and heard the theme of the song played. She was very impressed and tracked down the original singer, Andrea Bocelli. His original, solo-voiced rendition was featured on his debut album. With some additional lyrics, it was re-orchestrated and re-arranged and adapted for the duet. The duet broke sales records and stayed in the German top ten for nearly six months. After that he performed at various stages in Paris, Bologna, Torre del Lago and the Vatican. All this fame helped make Andrea's two later albums instant successes worldwide. In 1998 Andrea hit the US market with two smashing performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and a White House. In 1998, he collaborated with Celine Dion to create "The Prayer," which earned a Golden Globe award and was nominated for an Academy Award. For the next two years Andrea remained busy with tours to North and South America. His 1999 international debut album, Romanza, a collection of passionate popular songs amassed a multitude of platinum and multi-platinum awards, with worldwide sales in excess of 16 million copies to date.
His 2006 album Amore has a stunning collection of love songs, also featuring unforgettable songs from the 1920's to the 80's with guest artists including superstar Christina Aguilera, the legendary Stevie Wonder and the incredible Kenny G. The album also featured a song especially written for the 2006 Olympics. The album's concept came from Amore producers David Foster and Humberto Gatica, and co-producer Tony Renis. Amore was recorded late in the summer, under the Tuscan sky at Andrea's home studio. There are many gorgeous songs; "Besame Mucho" and "Pero Te Extrano" are among the best. "Mi Manchi" features Kenny G. and has a slower tempo but Bocelli still rises to the occasion. Christina Aguilera does a decent job as she ascends to Bocelli's level on "Somos Novios". "Appuntamento" is the rare Bocelli song that sounds like a radio hit. It has the pop sensibility and infectiousness. "Because We Believe" is a mix of English and Italian-and beautiful in both languages. His recent release "Sogno" has sold in excess of 4 million copies in just a couple months.
Other Performances and Works
Bocelli was also part of the Pan-Europe tour in 1995, "Night of the Proms" also featuring Bryan Ferry, Al Jarreau and others. Andrea performed to a live audience totaling 500,000 with televised audiences numbering tens of millions. He has also performed for many other events and occasions, such as at Ground Zero in October 2001; several of the "Pavarotti & Friends for Children" charity events; participated in the Sharon Osbourne CD project for tsunami relief; and performed in a large, televised concert in Italy in March 2005 called "Music for Asia". Andrea has also contributed to several written works, including a short piece on friendship in a compilation by Dorris Platt, and the foreward to an Italian book about shared custody. In 2001 he also published an autobiography named "The Music of Silence".
Andrea's Latest Tours
Andrea Bocelli has the ability to interpret all forms of music, from ballads to operatic arias, with consummate ease. His blindness does not hinder his natural talent that allows him to break down barriers. Bocelli will come up with a CD and a concert tour for his 50th birthday. August 2008 is filled with his tour to Australia with performances at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Acer Arena, Sydney, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne and Burswood Dome, Perth on August 22, 24, 27 and 30. The singer will launch his tour Italian Tenor, December 1st, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and land in cities scattered across the country through the middle of the month. Other stops include Madison Square Garden in New York City, Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. and Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The experience of attending his concerts and listening to his voice is always breathtaking and so not to be missed!
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