Celebrate an Operatic Miracle With Andrea Bocelli
If you're an opera fan, you won't want to miss Andrea Bocelli's
newest set of performances, like his recent inclusion in a French version of "Romeo and Juliet" as the titular Romeo. It's
a fitting role for the singer's romantic nature, and is touring regularly. Regardless of what you see him in, you don't want
to miss it; singers like him don't come along very often.
Bocelli's Latest Offerings
Bocelli most recently starred
in "Rome et Juliette" in 2012. This opera, appropriately performed in the city of love also known as Paris, brings the Shakespearean
play to full emotional force.
Bocelli's solo shows elevate the emotion he display on the opera stage to full force,
featuring two to three hours of solo performances from various operas that Bocelli has performed in. His performances often
coincide with the release of new compilations of Bocelli's work. Most recently, his 2013 performances coincided with the release
of "Love in Portofino," which includes live recordings from his performances in Portofino, Italy, as well as songs
from his previous album, "Passione."
Bocelli tours the United States and Europe, at times solo
and sometimes with opera companies. If you want to stay as up to date as possible with his latest schedule of events, check
out the community section of his website. From there, you'll find the latest tour information, as well as a message board
to discuss his work with other Bocelli followers.
Andrea Bocelli - Trivia
Celebrate Bocelli's triumph over blindness
by listening to him live. Here's a few things you ought to know about him:
- Bocelli struggled with vision problems
his entire childhood. He was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at birth; he ultimately lost his sight completely at the age
- Bocelli's blindness was caused by a brain hemorrhage after he got hit on the head during a football match.
Doctors attempted to use leeches to stop the bleeding and restore his vision.
- Bocelli began playing piano at the age
of six; however, his career truly began at 14 when he won his first singing competition.
- Bocelli holds a law degree
and worked for a year as a court-appointed attorney. Although law wasn't his destiny, it was a smart move--practicing enabled
him to meet his first wife, Enrica.
- Bocelli recorded a demo tape for Pavarotti to study for a project he was doing
early in Bocelli's career. Pavarotti was so impressed that he gave the project to Bocelli.
Bocelli's live concerts are often solo performances. Bocelli has also appeared with other notable opera stars, such as Pavarotti.
In 2011, he performed with New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra.
In some cases, Bocelli's performances are augmented
by top orchestra players. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Bocelli performs music written by many opera composers. His latest opera, "Rome et Juliette," was written by
Charles Gounod. Gounod is best known for his previous adaptation of "Faust."
Bocelli's live shows
are booked via Pentagon Music Management. This company represents top artists from a wide variety of genres.