Andrea Bocelli , born September 22, , Lajatico, near Pisa, Italy , Italian tenor noted for his unique blend of opera and pop music. From a young age Bocelli was afflicted with congenital glaucoma. He began taking piano lessons at age six and later played flute and saxophone. At age 12 he became totally blind after suffering a brain hemorrhage as the result of a soccer accident.
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The world's most popular living tenor and a best-selling crossover artist — Andrea Bocelli is one of the finest artists of our generation. Here's everything you need to know about his songs, family, Ed Sheeran duet and more. This September, he turned 60 years old. Despite always having problems with his eyes and being diagnosed with glaucoma early on, tragically, Andrea lost his sight after a football accident when he was just Andrea Bocelli married his wife and manager Veronica Berti, in In , Veronica gave birth to her first child Virginia, Bocelli's third child — but first daughter. Despite the setback with his sight, the young Andrea showed huge potential as a singer, winning his first competition aged just 14 with a rendition of 'O Sole Mio'. However, it didn't seem that music was quite the right career choice for Bocelli - he went to the University of Pisa to study law, but kept singing in bars for extra money. Bocelli's luck changed when a demo tape of him singing found its way into the hands of Luciano Pavarotti, via the Italian rock star Zucchero.
After performing evenings in piano bars and competing in local singing contests, Bocelli signed his first recording contract with the Sugar Music label. He rose to fame in , winning the preliminary round of the 44th Sanremo Music Festival performing "Miserere", with the highest marks ever recorded in the newcomers section. Since , Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide. He 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. Singer Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli",   and record producer David Foster has often described Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world. Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli on September 22, It was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and he was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. Bocelli showed a great passion for music as a young boy.
Visually impaired from birth, Bocelli became blind at the age of 12 following a soccer injury. His big break came when a demo tape landed in the hands of Luciano Pavarotti. He remains one of the world's most popular singers today.