Andrea Bocelli – dare to live

Another Christmas is coming. A special time. So let's move away from the mainstream for a moment and try to look at the world with different eyes - the eyes of someone who cannot see (!)

Andrea Bocelli was born on September 22, 1958, in Lajatico, Tuscany, near the historic city of Pisa, where he completed his law studies. He was born with a congenital eye defect - glaucoma.

At the age of twelve, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while playing football, which made him blind.

The native Tuscany, the tradition of the region, and the influence of the parents who taught their son to never give up handicaps left a mark on his personality.

“What I care most about and hope to achieve is a special bond with the audience. I would like to move them as much as I was touched in my childhood by my favorite performers who reached my heart and inspired me. They made me cry and dream.”

Andrea remembers a childhood fascination with great Italian tenors such as Del Monaco, Gigli, and especially his idol - Franco Corelli. Bocelli dreamed of becoming a great tenor. As a teenager, he won several singing competitions. After leaving for Pisa, he performed in local bars, playing the piano and singing classic hits of famous singers - Sinatra, Aznavour, and Piaf.

In 1992, Italian rock star Zucchero was preparing a demo of the song "Miserere", which he was to record with Luciano Pavarotti. Someone asked an unknown then Bocelli to record a demo for the great master.

After hearing the recording, Pavarotti couldn't believe that the owner of this beautiful voice was not a rising opera star. Fascinated by his talent, he said: “why do you need me? Record this song with 'the Bocelli' because I won't sing it better myself. "