Singer Andrea Bocelli

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 9, 2003

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is a remarkable man and singer. Will he release a new CD soon? How can I find out about his public appearances?
—Rosemary N., Indiana

Bocelli's latest album, Sentimento, re-creates the classical tenor and violin duets of the early 20th century. It was released in November 2002. You can find out about his public appearances by checking his official website, The 44-year-old tenor has delighted audiences with his singing since he was a child. Growing up on a farm in Lajatico, Italy, he grew interested in classical music and opera at a young age. He learned to play the piano, flute, and saxophone, and he loved opera. "I don't think one really decides to be a singer—other people decide it for you by their reactions," he says. In fact, he graduated from law school and intended to make that his career. While in school he performed at piano bars, singing pop standards and throwing in the occasional aria. A meeting with his childhood idol, Franco Corelli, changed his career track to music when the legendary tenor took him on as a student. Born with poor eyesight, Bocelli lost his vision completely at age 12 after a soccer accident, but his blindness has never been an obstacle and he never discusses it, saying it is irrelevant. He and his wife, Enrica, have two sons.