What can you tell me about opera singer Andrea Bocelli?
—Tamara Sonnier, Baton Rouge, La.
Bocelli, 51, grew up in an Italian village. He was born with poor eyesight and became totally blind at age 12 after a soccer accident. He holds a law degree from the University of Pisa, but once he got his big break as a singer—chosen to record a duet with opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti in 1992—music has been his passport to the world. The divorced father of two, who’s recorded more than 20 albums of classical and pop music, lives in Forte dei Marmi, a town in northern Italy on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.