Andrea Bocelli at Sanremo Festival

Andrea Bocelli at Sanremo Festival. Since 1994, when he won the Debut section of to the Sanremo Festival, Andrea Bocelli has recorded 14 solo studio albums, both classical music and pop music, three “Greatest hits” albums and nine full opera. He won the sympathy and hearts of millions of people, has sold over 80 million albums, has been included among the most beautiful people in the world, of the magazine “People”, was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best debut being the first classical music singer who managed this feat, after Leontyne Price, winning in 1961 in the same category.

Andrea Bocelli was born in 1958 into a family of Italian farmers, in the small village of La Sterza, in Tuscany. “When she was pregnant, my mother became ill and underwent treatment that affected pregnancy. She was advised by doctors to abort because the child that she wearing, would have trouble. But the young and brave wife did not accept abortion and so I was born” said the artist, in an interview. Although not born with severe malformations, Bocelli family child suffered from birth, glaucoma.

But maybe precisely the absence of this sense, vision, has made y to develop so well them hearing and voice. He learned since 6 years to play the piano, then flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar and drums. He have passion not only for musical instruments, that is why he has practiced and voice. He was 12 years when he lost her eyesight after to a freak accident, spent on the football field of the school. Even if doctors did everything they could, the blow to the head, which has received little Andrea then followed by a strong cerebral hemorrhage, was the cause of the total blindness. As a true warrior, the boy doesn’t gave up, channeling all his energy towards music and teaching. At only 14, he won the first music contest in Viareggio, where he sang the area of “O sole mio”. Although music has always played an important role in his life, after leaving school in 1980 he enrolled at the University of Pisa, to the Law, and not Conservative, as expected most of his family. As to support themselves in college, sang in piano bars, where he met in 1987, his first wife, Enrica.


After graduation, he spent a year on the banks of the courts as a prosecutor. His outstanding vocal qualities were discovered in 1992 by sacred monster Italian of light music, Zucchero, who was looking for a tenor, with who to record the song “Miserere”. The rocker was impressed by the young Andrea and sent a recording voice to the famous Luciano Pavarotti. In 1993, Andrea Bocelli appeared at the Sanremo Festival, at Youth Section, with the song “Miserere”, winning the competition, and a year later won the first place, at Sanremo, but this time within the great festival in Debut Section with “Il Mare Calmo della Sera”, the title gave to his debut album, released the same year. This was the beginning of a wonderful career…

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