Creative Person of the Week

15 Oct

Andrea Bocelli (September 22, 1958 – present) Bocelli was born in 1958 to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. They lived on the family farm in La Sterza, Tuscany, Italy. It was evident at birth that Bocelli had problems with his sight, and after visits to many doctors, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. In 1970, at the age of 12, he lost his sight completely following an accident during a football game.  As a young boy, Bocelli showed a great passion for music.  At the age of six he started piano lessons, and later also learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, harp and guitar.  At age 14, he won his first song competition with O sole mio.  After finishing secondary school, he studied law at the University of Pisa.  To earn money Bocelli performed evenings in piano bars.

In 1992, Italian rock star Zucchero held auditions for tenors to make a demo tape with of the song Miserere, to send to Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. After hearing Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti urged Zucchero to use Bocelli instead of him. The demo tape was from Caterina Caselli, who had discovered Bocelli and is his current manager and producer.  Bocelli is known for his crossover from modern or pop music into operatic.   Bocelli’s career is present day history in the making.  (Excert taken from


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