Andrea Bocelli Information
Andrea Bocelli, a native of Lajatico, Italy, suffered a blow to the head at 12 years old which in cooperation with glaucoma, leaving him blind for the coming years. His disability did little to stint his passion for learning though, as he earned a law degree from the University of Pisa. Bocelli did not begin his singing career until the late 1980s, when he began performing in piano bars throughout Italy. After a scout heard him sing during a party, Bocelli was signed to a record label in 1993, the start of a spectacular career. With one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera, Bocelli has teamed up over the years with some of the best voices in the business. Opera, however, represents only one side of his musical persona. Bocelli has been equally successful as a pop ballad singer, having recorded duets with Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman and Eros Ramazzotti.
Bocelliâ€™s first two albums, Andrea Bocelli (1994) and Bocelli (1996), showcased his operatic singing. His third effort, Viaggio Italiano, featured traditional songs from his native region in Italy. With his fourth album, Romanza (1997), Bocelli turned to pop music. Bocelli continued to focus on pop balladry with Sogno (1999), featuring a duet with Celine Dion on â€œThe Prayerâ€, selling more than ten million copies, and earning a Golden Globe award and Grammy nomination. Andrea has worked with the likes of Pavarotti and has sung for the Pope. One of his best-known songs, "Vivo Per Lei," meaning "I Live For Her", has been translated many times by dozens of artists. Bocelli teamed up with different singers in the translations- he himself sings the Italian and Spanish versions, and sings in Italian on the French and German versions of the song. Andrea Bocelli is the voice of a generation, providing a fresh, elegant combination of poignant pop and overstated opera. Bocelli will be at the TD Garden on Sunday December 5th.