Andrea Bocelli

Tenor and founder of Andrea Bocelli Foundation

Recognized around the world as an icon of the greatest Italian vocal tradition, Andrea Bocelli has sold over 90
million records. He perfected his singing skills under the guidance of his mentor, Franco Corelli, and initially became
widely famous for winning the Sanremo Music Festival in 1994. At the same time, he started his dazzling classical
career, performing masterpieces from the opera repertoire on stage – conducted by Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and
Zubin Mehta. The many recordings of the Tuscan tenor include Manon Lescaut conducted by Plácido Domingo,
Turandot and Aida conducted by Zubin Mehta.
The record-breaking artist who sees his concerts attended by huge crowds has broken every record in the
industry. His countless acknowledgments include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he was honored with
in 2010. Throughout his career, Andrea Bocelli has received 6 Grammy Award nominations and 6 Latin Grammy
Award nominations. He has performed for four Presidents of the United States of America, three Popes, the British
Royal Family, many Prime Ministers and also at the ceremonies of the Olympic Games, the Universal Expo in
Shanghai in 2010, at the Universal Expo in Milan in 2015 (together with the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala) and
at the inauguration of Expo Dubai on September 30, 2021, where he achieved yet another personal success that was
broadcast worldwide.
He has been the only artist to take part in the prestigious National Prayer Breakfast event twice (2013 and 2016)
– in the presence of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and many Heads of State from around the
world – as both an artist and founder of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
In 2015, he was called upon to write an editorial for TIME magazine, while on December 11, 2017 he was
invited to the NASDAQ Stock Market in New York, marking the start of trade on the global stock market with the
famous “ringing of the bell”. In the fall of 2017, the movie “The Music of Silence” – inspired by the autobiographical
novel of the same name, written by Bocelli himself – was a resounding success. The movie, directed by Michael
Radford, also featured Antonio Banderas in the cast.
On October 26, 2018, his new pop album of unreleased songs, “Sì”, was released in over 60 countries. This was
preceded at the beginning of the summer by the release of the single “If Only” and then the song “Fall on me”, the
duet that marked the recording debut of the artist’s son, Matteo Bocelli. The record simultaneously took first place in
the UK and US charts, thus making history. On November 8, 2019, a special edition of the album was released,
entitled “Sì Forever: the Diamond Edition”, which contains unreleased tracks with Jennifer Garnet and Ellie Goulding.
On Easter Day, April 12, 2020, the Maestro performed at the deserted Duomo of Milan, at the peak of the
pandemic. The “Music for Hope” event was conceived as a moment of prayer and hope and is considered to be one of
the biggest musical live stream performances of all-time, with over 2.8 million peak concurrent viewers and boasts
the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history. The video received more than 28
million views in its first 24 hours.
The album Believe” was released on November 13, 2020, a “spiritual autobiography” that brings together tracks
sacred songs and tracks that speak to the soul. The new album features famous songs (from “You’ll Never Walk
Alone” to “Amazing Grace”), as well as original tracks – composed by Bocelli himself and Ennio Morricone, among
others – which share the common thread of faith and an impetus towards the transcendent. Cecilia Bartoli and
Alison Krauss also lent their voices to duets.
On December 12, 2020, the world applauded “Believe in Christmas”, the concert that was streamed live from the
Teatro Regio of Parma. This sumptuous and spectacular event featured the creative direction of Franco Dragone
and saw eight-year-old Virginia Bocelli make her debut, duetting with her father, in a moving version of Leonard
Cohen’s Hallelujah.
In May 2021 a new challenge presented itself: the singer traveled more than 350 kilometers on horseback as part
of a pilgrimage from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (where he received the blessing of Pope Francis) to his hometown
of Lajatico, in Tuscany. “The Journey – Andrea Bocelli” will become a TV documentary focusing on the artist’s
cultural and spiritual journey.
On June 11, 2021, he was one of the stars of the UEFA Euro 2020 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium
in Rome. His performance of “Nessun dorma” was broadcast worldwide and became a trending topic in many
countries. On August 21, in front of more than 60,000 people, Andrea Bocelli was invited to open “NYC’s
Homecoming Concert” event in Central Park, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic. Alongside the likes of Bruce
Springsteen, Paul Simon and Patti Smith. On September 10, a new remastered celebratory edition was released –
with additional tracks – of “One Night in Central Park”, for the 10th anniversary of the extraordinary event in New