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Classical star Andrea Bocelli on his influences, nerves and passion for music

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Classical star Andrea Bocelli on his influences, nerves and passion for music


A global superstar who was blind by the age of twelve. An international singer who has sold in excess of 80 million albums worldwide. A deeply religious man who has met popes and sung for the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali.

Andrea Bocelli

  • Andrea Bocelli was born in 1958 in Tuscany, Italy
  • He loved music, especially opera, from an early age
  • He was born partially blind and lost his remaining sight at the age of 12
  • Opera star Luciano Pavarotti discovered Bocelli on hearing his demo tape in 1992
  • Andrea Bocelli is now the world’s biggest-selling solo classical artist but is also famous for singing pop
  • In 2011 he launched the Andrea Bocelli Foundation to help fight poverty and fund medical research

Andrea Bocelli reflects on his life and achievements with euronews’s Isabelle Kumar in this edition of The Global Conversation. He recalls the influences on his life and music and how his passion for singing began.

The Italian talks about stage fright and what he believes are the great responsibilities he shoulders as a performer. His nervousness, he says, is there whether he is singing in front of a class of preschool children or an audience of thousands.

Perhaps it could have been very different but for his parents putting a record player close to his bed when he was ill. It was he says, “a metaphysical experience”.

His career in music runs parallel with his humanitarian work. He reveals his ambition to help create a special tool which will help blind people move around freely, to go shopping and to work, for instance.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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