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The Best of Opera Singer Andrea Bocelli

Updated on September 14, 2014
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All About Andrea Bocelli - His Biography, CD Albums, Videos and Pictures

Andrea Bocelli is a much-loved Italian singer with a voice that is adored by millions. Best known for opera singing in his enchanting tenor voice, Andrea Bocelli has most recently produced the albums Love in Portofino and Passione.

Although to his biggest fans he needs no introduction, many of you may only have heard his singing and the man himself may still be a mystery to you. So first, let me answer some of the questions that are frequently asked about Andrea Bocelli.

All About Andrea Bocelli

Frequently Asked Questions... Answered!

Andrea Bocelli - is that the right way to spell his name?

Yes. Andrea is the Italian version of Andrew - so in Italy is very much a masculine name. He's not Andreas, Andres or Andre, although depending on where you are from that may be what your country people call him. Bocelli is spelled as seen here. It's not a name non-Italians are used to writing, so you may well see it misspelled as Bocceli, Boccelli, Bochelli or Bocielli - I've even seen people calling him everything from Bucelli to Bottecelli (maybe confused with Botticelli the painter?).

Is Andrea Bocelli blind?

Yes. Andrea Bocelli went blind during his childhood. He was diagnosed with glaucoma and entirely lost his remaining sight as a result of a soccer game accident. As he learned to cope in a world without sight, music became his life. He can open his eyes but generally sings with his eyes closed.

Where is Andrea Bocelli from?

He comes from the beautiful region of Tuscany in Italy and has spent his life there as part of a close-knit family.

Is Andrea Bocelli married?

He has been married, and had 2 children with his first wife Enrica. He now lives with his fiancée Veronica in a seaside town in northern Tuscany, close to his former wife and their children.

Andrea Bocelli on YouTube - Listen to that magical voice

Click play on the video to listen to Bocelli's amazing singing while you browse the rest of the page...

The Music of Silence: A Memoir
The Music of Silence: A Memoir

This 256 page autobiography has 22 5-star and 7 4-star reviews from readers on Amazon.com.

 

Biography of Andrea Bocelli

If you'd like to know more about this great talent, his autobiography is the perfect place to start. Learn about his early childhood, how his life changed with the onset of blindness, and how music became his life as he lost his sight. Read his inspiring story from a small-time singer with a big voice in piano bars, to international stardom. Bocelli, telling his story in his own voice using the pseudonym of Amos (his son's name), comes across as a lovely man who has coped with adversity to become adored around the world, but still keeps his feet firmly on the ground. Incidentally, this book is no ghost-written glory for Bocelli - he is the true author of this work, which was initially written on a Braille computer. The book also includes black-and-white photographs highlighting moments of his life.

Love in Portofino

Passione (2013): The Best Yet from Bocelli?

Recent Work by Bocelli

Passione is a 2013 release by Andrea Bocelli, and has been overwhelmingly popular with his legions of fans.

The 18 tracks on the deluxe edition include some beautiful Italian and Spanish-language songs. There are two Spanish duets, Quizàs, Quizàs, Quizàs with Jennifer Lopez, and Corcovado with Nelly Furtado (The Girl from Ipanema is also sung by Bocelli in Spanish). In additon, the CD features a re-recording of Edith Piaf's La Vie en Rose.

The English-language tracks include classics Love Me Tender and When I Fall in Love.

This music is not operatic, but is laid-back, blending the singer's distinctive voice with smooth and mellow sounds. The overall theme of the album is of course passion (hence the title) and romance. It makes for easy-listening and appeals to a wide range of musical tastes.

Love in Portofino is the live recording of most of these songs, from Bocelli's 2012 concert in the historic Italian town of Portofino.


Andrea Bocelli sings Silent Night - Andrea singing with a choir and orchestra

Andrea singing Silent Night in English, with a choir of girls. Magical!

The 2009 Holiday Album by Bocelli - My Christmas

The CD album and accompanying DVD Andrea Bocelli, My Christmas was released in November 2009. Bocelli effortlessly blends such classics as Adeste Fidelis and O Tannenbaum with popular songs from White Christmas to Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

While his sense of fun his evident in Jingle Bells, which features The Muppets, he also teams up with Mary J. Blige to sing What Child Is This?, Natalie Cole for The Christmas Song, Reba McEntire for Blue Christmas and fellow Opera star Katherine Jenkins for I Believe.

Solo songs on this CD include White Christmas, Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard On High, Caro Gesu Bambino, Cantique De Noel and God Bless Us Everyone.

He is joined by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for The Lord's Prayer.

(There are also 7 songs on the accompanying DVD.)

With such a wide selection of Christmas favorites, there is something here for all tastes. This album is sure to become a Christmas classic for years to come.

My Christmas
My Christmas

This CD/DVD set has 29 5-star reviews on Amazon. The CD is also available separately and currently has an amazing 199 5-star reviews.

 

What do you think of Andrea Bocelli? - It's YOUR turn to have your say!

Time to tell the truth! Have you loved him for years, or did you arrive here wondering what all the fuss is about?

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    angelachao lm 3 years ago

    Following your footsteps (after finding and reading this great lens), I opened a lens about Renee Fleming :) It's so great to find such a wonderful group of opera lovers.

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    Indigo Janson 4 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thanks for your insightful comment. It's much appreciated. I had a feeling that he's already been divorced once but it's been a while since I read the autobiography so may have to check my facts.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    His voice is timeless, gentle, soothing and compassionate. I grew up during the Nelson Eddy years and have finally found someone I enjoy as much as I did him. Of course I was a child during the Eddy years, but my mother and I listened to him. It would be interesting to hear him again - I wonder if his recordings are available..

    Anyway it is wonderful to sit here and watch Bocelli and not only hear him but see him as well

    I read he may get a divorce - I hope not - he would be spoiled for me - was he married in the Catholic Church?

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    Carol Fisher 4 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    Andrea Bocelli has such a beautiful and expressive voice, I could listen to him for hours.

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    KateHonebrink 4 years ago

    It's Christmas and that means Andrea Bocelli! Thanks again for this awesome article!! Well done!

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    CozyKitty 5 years ago

    There's such a tenderness to the way he sings - it' so beautiful!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I love Andrea Bocelli. I have all of his albums and listen to him everyday. Love, Love......

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    pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

    He's definitely one of my favorite singers.

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    nassaueast 5 years ago

    I am from the Bahamas. Andrea Bocelli you are so gifted what a lovely voice.

    Valerie Hanna-Wells

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    dahlia369 5 years ago

    Beautiful singing... and lens, thank you!! :)

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    entertainmentev 5 years ago

    One of my favorites! :)

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    KateHonebrink 5 years ago

    His voice is utterly beautiful - stupendous! Love this lens!!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I believe that Andrea Bocelli is one of the greatest musical talents of our age.

    I also am a professional Singer/musician and he is one of my greatest inspirations and influences. Thanks Andrea, God Bless You!

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    AJ 5 years ago from Australia

    A beautiful singer and a very interesting life - I have read biographies prior to this - magnificent.

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    Reddawg2012 5 years ago

    Hello! Andrea Bocelli is one of the best singers ever, so good his songs can make me cry. Thanks for creating a great lens.

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    Carey 5 years ago from New York

    Such a beautiful voice and unique story. Great lens!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    He is a gifted man, very good singing voice. Nice lens too, very well thought out!

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    purpleclouds 5 years ago

    I love his music, he is one of the best opera singers:) great lens

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    durham 5 years ago

    I like a few of his songs and one that I don't see on this lens is his singing of Ave Maria.

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    Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

    He has such a gifted voice. I enjoy his talent.

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    mySuccess8 6 years ago

    Andrea is my favourite and I keep a number of his CDs. Thanks for writing a good lens which give me more about Andrea and his collection of beautiful songs.

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    whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

    Definitely divine! When I first heard him, I had to have it right away, and I had never listened to any sort of opera.

    My friends, who were playing it, said the same thing when they first heard him. I was later blown away to hear of his eyesight.

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    Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

    I love Andrea Bocelli and have many of his recordings. The video here, with him singing the Lord's Prayer, was a very powerful and moving experience. Thank you for this beautiful collection of music.

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    sallypmoore 6 years ago

    Love this, have you ever seen Elmo and Andrea Bocelli on you tube, my 2 year old niece loves it (I do too ;-)

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    Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

    yes, between him and Josh Groban, it's a tough choice!

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    Bonzlee LM 6 years ago

    One of the best voices I have ever heard!

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    JoshK47 6 years ago

    A very well put-together lens for an amazing singer - thanks for this!

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    sorana lm 6 years ago

    He is a great tenor; his voice is so great to listen to. Beautiful lens on a beautiful subject.

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    xenoc 6 years ago

    love to listen on him..what a gift from GOD..

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    What an amazing gift he has. I almost hold my breath when I listen to him. You answered most of my questions. Nicely done!

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    gravityx9 6 years ago

    Had the opportunity to see him in Vegas a couple of years ago. it was amazing! THUMBS UP AND FAVE!

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    Thanks for visiting Scot and Harmony!

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    Barb McCoy 6 years ago

    He gives me chills every time....could listen all day long. Thanks for the great lens.

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    ScotTooSkinny 6 years ago

    I would like to hear him one of Mozart's Operas.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @javr: Thank you.

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    javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    He is one of the premier tenors of all time. Great lens!

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Andrea Bocelli is an inspiration to so many of us, it's wonderful to discover his fans here on Squidoo too.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    I love his voice, music and his story. Great lens on a wonderful subject.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @jptanabe: Thank you. He has a remarkable talent.

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    I love Andrea Bocelli - his voice is truly amazing! Great job here introducing him.

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @termit_bronx: Thanks for your kind comment!

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @boutiqueshops: You're welcome, it was a delight to make.

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    termit_bronx 6 years ago

    Andrea Bocelli has a great voice, I like it very much! Cool lens!

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    boutiqueshops 6 years ago

    Wow, thanks for a truly lovely page for one of my favorite artists. I totally enjoyed it. I didn't get his Christmas release last year - maybe I can play catch up this year.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Amarant LM: Ciao Amarant.... e grazie mille! Thanks for the song recommendation.

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    Amarant LM 7 years ago

    A really nice song that I like is "Chiara" . Great Lens!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Indeed. He has a rare and remarkable talent.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    A voice like this is a gift from heaven, like angels singing through him! How can anyone's heart NOT be moved when listening to Andrea sing?!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Sylvestermouse: Thank you. He is certainly a popular man with a true gift.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    Andrea Bocelli is gifted with the voice of an angel! I love listening to his music. He has such an inspirational, soothing voice and demeanor. Most Excellent!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @julieannbrady: He truly is one of a kind, isn't he Julie? Thanks for showing your support here.

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    julieannbrady 7 years ago

    I simply -- well, more than simply ... I truly adore Andrea Bocelli. His voice is angelic.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @aka-rms: Thank you!

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    Robin S 7 years ago from USA

    Great tribute page!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @SacredCynWear: And maybe one day you will! Grazie mille for the compliments.

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    SacredCynWear 7 years ago

    Wonderful information about Andrea. I've loved his voice for years. I actually used to dream that I would go to Tuscany to see him perform. Bellisimo!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @SoyCandleLover: He's definitely a versatile performer who has used his talent in many styles of music. Thanks so much for these lensrolls.

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    BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

    I'm not much of an opera fan, but I do enjoy his Christmas music. I especially like the duets with Celine Dion and Mary J. Blidge. The songs are featured on my Top 10 Christmas album lenses "Best Selling" & "2009". 5 stars and lensrolling to them. :D Thanks!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @JakTraks: Grazie mille! Thanks for visiting here and the kind comment.

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    Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

    I enjoy Andrea Bocelli's voice. Very nicely done - I think Andrea would like it!

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    KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

    What a beautiful tribute page. I especially love when Andrea Boccelli and Sarah Brightman perform together. Such amazing talent!

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    RuthCoffee 7 years ago

    Love him, my favorite also. I must hear the Christmas album.

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    Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

    The first time I ever heard him was about 12 years ago, at Christmas singing his song "Time to say Goodbye", I loved it then, and love it now. My favorite.

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    kimmanleyort 7 years ago

    Great job! He certainly is a very popular singer and you've created a really comprehensive page about him. 5*

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    Patricia 7 years ago

    He has a great voice! I have liked him for quite a while. I saw him on Oprah the other day. He was singing Christmas music and sounded beautiful! Blessed by an angel!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Thanks so much for your visit and comments Dom!

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    OMG! Wonderful lens!

    They played Andrea Bocelli for Julie and Melissa funerals in 96 (they were national funerals as these little girls were victims of a monster); this added a more dramatic effect to the ceremonies... It's a fantastic singer and you crafted a marvelous lens!