40 Facts About Andrea Bocelli

1. Andrea Bocelli is the author, and co-author, of numerous works available in Italian, English, and other languages.

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2. In 2006, Andrea Bocelli influenced the municipality of his hometown Lajatico to build an outdoor theatre, the "Teatro del Silenzio".

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3. Andrea Bocelli is a self declared passionate fan of Italian football club Inter Milan.

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4. In October 2013 Andrea Bocelli bought a second home in North Miami Beach.

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5. Andrea Bocelli married Veronica Berti on 21 March 2014 at the Sanctuary of Montenero in the coastal town of Livorno, Italy.

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6. Andrea Bocelli lives with his second wife and manager, Veronica Berti.

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7. Andrea Bocelli met his first wife, Enrica Cenzatti, while singing at piano bars early in his career.

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8. On 20 September 2018, Andrea Bocelli released the single "Fall On Me" which features vocals from his son Matteo.

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9. In June 2018, Andrea Bocelli released the single "If Only", his first after fourteen years.

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10. Andrea Bocelli released his fifteenth studio album Cinema on 23 October 2015.

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11. Andrea Bocelli cancelled a third performance with pharyngitis after suffering vocal strain throughout.

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12. Andrea Bocelli played the role of Romeo in Charles Gounod's opera Romeo et Juliette, at the Teatro Carlo Felice, for two performances in February 2012.

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13. Andrea Bocelli was accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

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14. Andrea Bocelli held two other concerts in Taipei, and two concerts in Beijing.

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15. In May 2011, Andrea Bocelli held 5 concerts in East and Southeast Asia, and was joined by New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra during the tour.

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16. Andrea Bocelli gave concerts in Cairo, Egypt, in front of the pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as a fundraising concert inside the Duomo di Milano to benefit victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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17. In September 2010, Andrea Bocelli held a concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, in Athens, Greece.

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18. Andrea Bocelli was joined by the Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano, in his home in Forte dei Marmi, where they sang "Caro Gesu Bambino", a song from My Christmas which was originally recorded by the choir in 1960.

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19. Andrea Bocelli 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.

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20. Andrea Bocelli was accompanied by the I Solisti Veneti orchestra, celebrating its 50th birthday and conducted by Claudio Scimone, and by the Wiener Singakademie choir.

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21. Andrea Bocelli released the complete opera recording of Carmen in Italy in the same year, which he recorded in 2005.

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22. On 20 January 2008, Andrea Bocelli received the Italian TV award Telegatto in platinum for Italian music in the world, in Rome.

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23. Andrea Bocelli began another tour with a concert at the Piazza di Castello in Turin.

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24. Andrea Bocelli appeared in Sesame Street singing "Time to Say Goodnight" a parody of "Time to Say Goodbye" as a lullaby to Elmo.

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25. In February 2003, Andrea Bocelli performed Madama Butterfly in an exclusive Monte Carlo concert, which was attended by Caroline, Princess of Hanover.

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26. In January 2001, Andrea Bocelli portrayed the main character in Mascagni's opera L'amico Fritz at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and again performed the tenor part in Verdi's Requiem.

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27. Andrea Bocelli was accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Steven Mercurio with special guest Soprano Ana Maria Martinez and a surprise appearance by Sarah Brightman to sing with Bocelli on "Time to Say Goodbye.

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28. Andrea Bocelli was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 1998.

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29. Andrea Bocelli made his debut in a major operatic role in 1998 when he played Rodolfo in a production of La boheme at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari from 18 to 25 February.

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30. Andrea Bocelli recorded a Portuguese version of the song with Brazilian singer Sandy.

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31. The song was included on his second album, Andrea Bocelli, produced by Mauro Malavasi and released in November 1995.

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32. Andrea Bocelli entered the main competition with "Con te partiro" and finished in fourth place.

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33. Andrea Bocelli signed with the Sugar Music label in Milan after the group's president heard Bocelli sing "Miserere" and "Nessun Dorma" at a birthday party for Zucchero.

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34. Andrea Bocelli completed law school and spent one year as a court-appointed lawyer.

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35. Andrea Bocelli finished secondary school in 1980, then studied law at the University of Pisa.

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36. Andrea Bocelli won his first song competition at age 14 with "'O sole mio" at the Margherita d'Oro in Viareggio.

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37. Andrea Bocelli showed a great passion for music as a young boy.

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38. Andrea Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 March 2010 for his contribution to Live Theater.

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39. Andrea Bocelli captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records with the release of his classical album Sacred Arias, as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts.

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40. In 1998, Andrea Bocelli was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.

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