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Andrea Bocelli : a celebration
Felix, Antonia.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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215 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
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"Thomas Dunne books."
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ML420.B57 F45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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'Dear Zucchero, sing your song "Miserere" with Andrea Bocelli since there is nobody better than him.'" - Luciano Pavarotti introducing Andrea Bocelli at the Pavarotti International, 1995.Like a force of nature, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has soared to stardom and the top of the music charts with a voice that thrills the soul. Tuscany's most exciting and beloved export since Luciano Pavarotti is a phenomenon with an astonishing 30 million CDs sold, two World Music Awards, best-selling albums of both popular and classical romantic songs, and wildly popular sellout concerts on nearly every continent.ANDREA BOCELLI: A CELEBRATION reveals the entire story behind the man with a voice that the Washington Post describes as "radiant . . . with a soulful purity that is absolutely mesmerizing." This detailed biography chronicles the singer's childhood in the Tuscan countryside, his early ambitions and passion for singing, the disease and accident that caused his blindness at age twelve, the uncompromising philosophy of his strong and loving family, the Italian musical legacy that has shaped him, and the spiritual beliefs that sustain him. It is the story of one unique celebrity's step-by-step transformation from lawyer to piano lounge singer to greatest crossover artist of all time.Lavishly illustrated, this book contains never-before-published photographs from the Bocelli family album and scores of photographs that depict every stage of Andrea Bocelli's career. Based on original interviews with family members, the mayor of his hometown, and several of the singer's closest colleagues-including conductors and co-stars who have performed with him extensively-author Antonia Felix weaves a fascinating portrayal of a compelling performer and remarkable human being.

Author Notes

Anionia Felix is the author of ten books, a A singer as well as a writer, she studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, and has performed in operas and recitals in Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Paris, Prague, and Hamilton, Bermuda. Antonia Felix lives in New York City with her husband, opera singer Stanford Felix.

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Most people know Bocelli as the blind singer with the beautiful voice. This biography gives fans a bit more insight into his life, though it is equal parts informative and adulatory. From Tuscany, where his family grows grapes, young Andrea was born with a hereditary form of glaucoma. Although he and his supportive family knew that he would eventually lose his sight completely, a soccer accident at the age of 12 hastened the advent of total blindness. Never one to despair, Bocelli continued his studies at a school for the blind, finished his law degree, and also continued singing as he had all his life. Author Felix traces Bocelli's career from lounge singer, to popular tenor soloist on the concert stage, to his latest challenge, performing in operas. There is also much about Bocelli's personal life as husband and father and his nonchalant attitude about his blindness. The celebratory tone makes Bocelli come across as a near saint as well as a singer, but those curious about the man and his music will find much solid information here. Illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs, of varying degrees of interest and quality. Discography appended. --Ilene Cooper

Table of Contents

Preludep. 1
Chapter 1 Son of Tuscany: The Man Who Sings to Horsesp. 4
Chapter 2 "My Way"p. 46
Chapter 3 The Calm Sea of Victoryp. 78
Chapter 4 Opera or Pop?p. 104
Chapter 5 La Vocep. 170
Chapter 6 From Pledges to Platinum: PBS Romances Americap. 190
Discographyp. 213
Sourcesp. 215