Andrea Bocelli is unarguably the world’s most beloved tenor singer and classical music soloist. The Italian lawyer turned musician rose from a poor and not-so-good family background to become the world’s most sought-after, most booked, most travelled and most watched male classical soloist.
His often emotional interpretation of classical solos and operas has endeared him to both lovers and haters of classical music leaving him with an endless list of fans and followers.
Bocelli has performed at numerous national and international events including FIFA world cups, UEFA champions league finals, International Eucharistic Congress, iTune Festival etc. He has also performed for world figures including George Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, Barrack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI etc.
Andrea Bocelli has also collaborated with some of the world’s top artists including Celine Dion, Mary J Blige, Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryan Adams, Christina Aguilera etc.
Bocelli's has recorded more than fourty audio and video albums most of which are best sellers, his most popular hits include Con Te Partiro, Ave Maria, Nessum Dorma, O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicular etc. In addition to singing, he also plays over eight musical instruments including keyboard, Saxophone, trombone, flute, trumpet, harp, guitar and drums.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If not for the blindness, Bocelli would probably have been a professional footballer. But do you think football would have fetched him as much fame as music has?