Early life[ edit ] Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. It was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and he was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. His mother has said that music was the only thing that would comfort him. He started piano lessons at age 6 and later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and drums. Doctors resorted to leeches in a last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful and he remained blind. After hearing Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti urged Zucchero to use Bocelli instead of him.
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Early life[ edit ] Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. It was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and he was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. His mother has said that music was the only thing that would comfort him.
He started piano lessons at age 6 and later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and drums. Doctors resorted to leeches in a last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful and he remained blind. After hearing Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti urged Zucchero to use Bocelli instead of him. Zucchero eventually persuaded Pavarotti to record the song with Bocelli, and it became a hit throughout Europe.
He won the preliminary competition with the highest marks ever recorded in the newcomers section. Following his win, Bocelli released his debut album of the same name in April, and it entered the Italian Top Ten, being certified platinum within weeks. Changing the title lyric of the song to " Time to Say Goodbye ", they re-recorded it as a duet with members of the London Symphony Orchestra and sang it as a farewell for Maske. With sales nearing three million copies, and a sextuple platinum award, "Time to Say Goodbye" eclipsed the previous best-selling single by more than one million copies.
He also recorded a Portuguese version of the song with Brazilian singer Sandy. Released in December , the song became a hit in Belgium Wallonia and France, where it reached No. On 19 October, he sang at the TeleFood benefit concert held in the Vatican City to raise awareness about world hunger.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor stood by his side on the stage during the encore, while he sang "The Prayer". His seventh album Sacred Arias , which contains exclusively sacred music , was released worldwide on 8 November, and two weeks later reached number one on the US Classic Billboard charts — making Bocelli the first vocalist to hold all top three places on the chart, with Aria, the opera album in second place, and Viaggio Italiano in third place.
The album also included the hymn of the Holy Year which was chosen as the official version by the Vatican in October. On 30 November, his book La musica del silenzio, an autobiographical novel, was released in Italy,  and in it was turned into a movie as The Music of Silence , directed by Michael Radford.
From 12 to 21 December, he performed six concerts in Barcelona , Strasbourg , Lisbon, Zagreb , Budapest and Messina , some of which were broadcast on local television. He also performed on German television; Wetten, dass..? On 31 December, he finished a marathon twenty-four concerts in thirty days, with a concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York, welcoming in the new millennium.
Bocelli performed it with Dion at the ceremony. His "World Tour " started on 31 March. The concert was a dedication to his father, who died in the beginning of His seventh album, Verdi , was released on 11 September.
In September, he performed three concerts in Australia. In December, he received another award in Germany, the Goldene Europa for classical music. On 19 March, the Requiem album was released with Bocelli as tenor.
On 17 June, he performed at the re-opening of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice on 4 October, he presented his new album Cieli di Toscana and was recognised for having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. In October, he opened the celebrations of the th anniversary of the birth of Sicilian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini in Catania.
In November, he received the Platinum Europe Award for one million sales of the album Cieli di Toscana, and at the Italian Music Awards he was given a special award from the Federation of the Italian Music Industry for his merits as an "Ambassador of Italian music in the world". Bush and Italian president Silvio Berlusconi. On 14 October, he and Lorin Maazel presented his new album Sentimento to a worldwide audience.
Further presentations took place in Milan and New York, and the album was released on 4 November, selling over two million copies in 40 days. In March for the first time he appeared as a producer, at the Sanremo Festival, where the young artists Allunati and Jacqueline Ferry sang for his new record label, Clacksong.
In June, he continued his Sentimento tour in Athens and Cyprus. In June, his third complete opera Il trovatore was released. On 2 July, he performed at the Paris concert as part of the Live 8 event. The album Werther was released in December.
The award was presented to him at the Sanremo Festival where he performed a duet with American singer Christina Aguilera on 4 March. They also performed on J. The concert was later released as Vivere Live in Tuscany.
In December, he finished his tour with more concerts in North America and Europe. The show was broadcast on 23 December. The album, Vivere , sold over 3 million copies.
He sang "La voce del silenzio" — "The voice of silence" — and "Dare to Live" during the ceremony. Italia Onlus", a foundation that helps poor and disabled children around the world. Bocelli later praised Filipina teen-aged singer Charice , whom he had first heard perform at that concert.
The concert was a tribute to the cinema of Italy. He was accompanied by the I Solisti Veneti orchestra, celebrating its 50th birthday and conducted by Claudio Scimone , and by the Wiener Singakademie choir. On 24 October, he performed at Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, as a tribute to the city, where he celebrated the Italian release of Incanto. On 3 November, My Christmas , his first Holiday album , produced by David Foster , was released and went on to become the best-selling Holiday album of the year.
Bocelli performing at the Premio Faraglioni He completed his performance in Leicester Square with, "God Bless Us Everyone", the closing song of the movie, which he provided the vocals for in English, Italian and Spanish. It was also announced that Bocelli would return to the show on 20 December and give a live concert of My Christmas. In North America, Bocelli gave 6 concerts. Lauderdale, Florida.
He performed the song again on 30 November during The Today Show also live. Blige , and later closed the show with Adeste Fideles , was also aired the same day, and was later rebroadcast on 23 December. Phil Show , on 10 December.
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