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Andrea Bocelli Italian Opera Singer; Biography, Age, Career, Spouse, Easter performance

Andrea Bocelli performs from empty Duomo cathedral in Milan

Andrea Bocelli is an Italian opera singer known for his vocal range. Over the Easter holiday, he gave a solo performance live-streamed from the empty Duomo cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday. He did this in support of those in Italy and across the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Bocelli Biography 

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. It is no coincidence that mystics throughout time have sought and found here the answers they pursued… In the splendor of its silences, the desert has welcomed us in all its rough beauty, in its blazing essentiality. They say that God wanted to remove from this boundless sea of sand everything that was superfluous, while in our cities we are besieged by a sterile superabundance. They say that here he left as a gift a clear air, to the point that it can wash your soul, a feeling that we don't remember experiencing in the city. While riding through the dunes, nobody in the family had doubts: this is one of the most inspiring places in the world! . . Non è un caso se mistici d’ogni tempo qui hanno cercato e trovato le risposte che perseguivano… Nello splendore dei suoi silenzi, il deserto ci ha accolto in tutta la sua scabra bellezza, nella sua sfolgorante essenzialità. Dicono che Dio abbia voluto togliere da questo sconfinato mare di sabbia tutto ciò che era superfluo, mentre nelle nostre metropoli siamo assediati da una sterile sovrabbondanza. Dicono che qui abbia lasciato in dono un’aria tersa al punto da lavarti l’anima, sensazione che in città non ricordiamo d’avere avuto. Cavalcando tra le dune, nessuno, in famiglia, aveva dubbi: questo è uno dei posti più suggestivi al mondo! . ph: @lucarossettiph

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Andrea Bocelli was born Andrea Angel Bocelli on 22nd September 1958, Lajatico, near Pisa, Italy. He is an Italian tenor noted for his unique blend of opera and pop music. He was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. Before his birth, doctors had advised the couple to abort him as they predicted that he would be born with a disability. Since his birth, Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and he was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. He has stated that his mother’s decision to give birth to him and overrule the doctor’s advice was the inspiration for him to oppose abortion.

Bocelli grew up on his family farm, where they sold farm machinery. His mother and younger brother Alberto still live in the family house; his father died in 2000. From a young age, Bocelli showed a great passion for music, and he started piano lessons at age 6 and later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and drums. His nanny Oriana gave him the first record of Franco Corelli, and he began to show interest in pursuing the career of a tenor. Bocelli lost his sight entirely at 12 following an accident during an association football game. He was hit in the eye, playing goalkeeper during a match, and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Doctors resorted to leeches in a last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful, and he remained blind. Bocelli spent the majority of his childhood singing, and he gave his first concert in a small village not far from where he was born. He won his first song competition at age 14 with “O Sole Mio” at the Margherita d’Oro in Viareggio. He finished secondary school in 1980 and then studied law at the University of Pisa. He often performed piano in the evening in piano bars to earn money. It was there that he met his future wife, Enrica, in 1987. He completed law school and spent one year as a court-appointed lawyer.

Andrea Bocelli Age

Andrea Bocelli is currently age 61.

Andrea Bocelli Career 

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. “Positivo”: esserlo non è una scelta, è la parola stessa a custodirne una conferma. L’etimo ci ricorda che non di una condotta, da sposare o disconoscere, si sta ragionando, quanto invece di un’asserzione, intimamente legata a ciò che sussiste, alla sorprendentemente positiva condizione d’essere al mondo. Il medievale “positivus”, parente stretto del participio passato latino “positus”, svela il senso profondo della positività, espressione di ciò che è, inevitabile esito di chiunque abbia coscienza della propria identità e della propria esistenza… Coi piedi piantati per terra, positivamente, senza il rischio di smarrirci o di promuovere di grado il nostro peggior nemico (la paura), possiamo affrontare al meglio ogni cosa, anche la più inattesa e complessa. Perché ogni prova è tassello di quell’esperienza terrena che ci è stata donata e che ci vede sempre e comunque privilegiati protagonisti. Diffondiamo il virus della positività, di per sé potente antidoto. . . “Positive”: we cannot choose to be positive, as the word itself confirms. The etymology of the term reminds us that we are not talking about a behavior, which can be embraced or refuted, but rather an assertion, intimately linked to everything that exists, regarding the surprising fact of existing in the universe. The medieval Italian term “positivus”, which comes from the Latin past participle “positus”, meaning placed, speaks to the deeper sense of positivity as an expression of everything that exists. Positivity is therefore the inevitable state of anyone who is conscious of their own identity and existence… with both feet firmly posited on the ground, no risk of disappearing or giving in to our worst enemy, fear, we are better positioned to face even the most unexpected and complex challenges. Every test forms part of this earthly existence that has been gifted to us and of which we remain, despite everything, the lucky protagonists. Let’s spread the virus of positivity, a powerful medicine in itself. . Andrea

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Andrea Bocelli’s breakthrough came in 1992 when he was asked by Italian pop star Zucchero Fornaciari to record a demo of “Miserere,” a song that was intended for renowned vocalist Luciano Paravotti. Pavarotti was highly impressed with Bocelli’s voice, and the two became friends. The following year, Bocelli signed a recording contract, and his debut album, IL mare calmo della sera (1994), brought him further attention in Europe. In 1995 he released Bocelli, which featured the single “con te partiro.” He later recorded the song as a duet in English (“Time to Say Goodbye”) with Sarah Brightman, and both versions became hits. Bocelli’s popularity in the United States grew in 1997 with the release of Romanza which collected songs from his previous albums and eventually sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and with repeated PBS airings of his live show Romanza in Concert: A Night in Tuscany. 

Though opera was his first love, Bocelli mixed arias with popular music on his recordings a genre referred to by the press as “popera” in an effort to expand his audience base. The songs received criticism with commentators stating that it was too lightweight to be taken seriously by the opera world. However, this did not prevent Bocelli from performing in “The Merry Widow” in 1999 singing three arias and made his American operatic debut later that year in the title role of Jules Massenet’s Werther at the Michigan Opera Theatre. Still, while his Sacred Arias (1999) sold remarkably well for a strictly classical recording, he found greater commercial success with Sogno (1999), which featured a duet with pop star Celine Dion (“The Prayer”).

In the 21st century, Bocelli has released several hits that include Cieli di Toscana (2001; “Skies of Tuscany”); the pop-focused Amore (2006), which included guest appearances by Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder; the holiday collection My Christmas (2009); the live album Concerto: One Night in Central Park (2011). In addition to recording, he toured extensively, making his debut at the New York Philharmonic in 2006 and the Metropolitan Opera in 2011. In the 2010s, Bocelli continued to record studio albums, including Passione (2013), which included a duet with Jennifer Lopez;   (2015), a collection of movie themes, and Si (2018 ), which featured duets with his son and Josh Groban. The latter debuted at number one on Billboard’s all-genre chart. The memoir Musica del Silenzio (The Music of Silence) was published in 2001.

Andrea Bocelli’s Spouse 

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Bocelli met his first wife, Enrica Cenzatti, while singing at piano bars early in his career. They were married on 27th June 1992. Together they had two children. Amos, born in February 1995, and their second son Matteo born in October 1997. The couple later separated in 2002. Presently, Bocelli lives with his second wife and manager, Veronica Berti. They met in 2002. The couple announced their first child, Bocelli’s third child, a daughter in the spring. His daughter Virginia was born on 21st March 2012. The couple lives in a spacious villa in Forte die Marmi on the Mediterranean. His first wife and two sons live in the couple’s previous residence in the same comune in Versilia. Andrea married Veronica Berti on 21st March 2014 at the Sanctuary of Montenero in the coastal town of Livorno, Italy.

Bocelli lost his father, Alessandro Bocelli, on 30th April 2000. Although he is blind, Bocelli has enjoyed horseback riding for much of his life. He is a self-declared passionate fan of Italian football club Inter Milan. In October 2013, Bocelli bought a second home in North Miami Beach. A section of the beach in Jesolo on the Italian Adriatic coast was named after Bocelli on 11th August 2003.

Andrea Bocelli Easter Performance 

 

On 12th April 2020, Easter Sunday, Bocelli performed “Music For Hope- Live from Duomo di Milano” from an empty Milan Cathedral, accompanied by cathedral organist Emanuele Vianelli. The performance was streamed live over YouTube, where it continues to be available for replay. Bocelli sang four hymns, before finishing with a moving rendition of Amazing Grace as a montage showed the empty streets of Paris, London, and New York.

In a YouTube message, Bocelli wrote, “On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer “Si” to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan.”

” I believe in the strength of Praying together, I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone, whether they are believers or not truly needs right now.”

Milan is the capital of the Italian region of Lombardy, the country’s most affected area with more than 10000 COVID-19 deaths recorded.

According to data from John Hopkins University Data, more than 156000 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Italy alone, in addition to more than 19800 deaths. Overall, the data shows more than 1.8 million cases have been established worldwide, as well as more than 113000 deaths and more than 420000 recoveries.

 

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