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1992-2001

11.01.2000

Classic Brits Award & Echo Klassik Award

Album of the year" for "SACRED ARIAS" and he is also awarded an Echo Klassik Award (Germany) as Best Seller of the Year.

10.28.2001

Ground Zero

He sings Ave Maria before the smoking ruins of Ground Zero.

10.04.2001

Cieli di Toscana

Release of album "Cieli di Toscana".

2001

"Bocelli in the space"

The astronaut Umberto Guidoni asks Nasa to be woken up in space on board the Shuttle by "Con te partirò" and Tito, the first "space tourist" Cosmonaut, to experience the wonders of the Universe from space, asks to include Andrea’s "BOCELLI" album in his 7 kilos of allowed baggage.

19.03.2001

Requiem

The recording of Requiem by Verdi is released, directed by Valerij Gergev; a sacred page that Bocelli interprets for Bayrische Staatsoper of Munich together with Zubin Mehta.

01.19.2001

L'amico Fritz

He plays the leading role of L’Amico Fritz by Mascagni, alongside Cecilia Gasdia, in the Philharmonic Theatre of Verona, on stage with Steven Mercurio and directed by Marco Gandini.

01.01.2001

40 million records sold

By now the total number of records sold throughout the world since the beginning of his career exceeds 40 million.

11.01.2000

La Bohème

Release of the first complete opera "La Boheme".

10.10.2000

Buckingham Palace

10.01.2000

La Musica del Silenzio

His book "The Music of Silence" is published with great acclaim from critics and the reading public.

09.14.2000

Sydney Olympics

He carries the Olympic torch at the Sydney Olympics and takes part in the opening concert at the Sydney Opera House.

07.06.2000

Statue of Liberty American Dream

He fulfils his "American dream" with a Concert in front of the Statue of Liberty in Liberty State Park, to an audience of 16,000 including Leonardo Di Caprio, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz. The concert is broadcast as a TV special for the US network PBS.

05.06.2000

Classic Brits Award

In May he receives the Classical Brits Award for ‘Album of the year" for "Sacred Arias" and he is also awarded an Echo Klassik Award (Germany) as Best Seller of the Year.

05.05.2000

Millennium Concert

He performs at the Millennium Concert in Paris under the Eiffel Tower, under the direction of M° Seiji Ozawa, accompanied by the Toronto Symphonic Orchestra, the Paris Symphonic Orchestra with a chorus of 170 voices and a treble voice chorus of 200 children. He is also a protagonist of the closing concert of the European Football Championship of Rotterdam.

05.01.2000

Official anthem for the Jubilee Year

He sings for Pope John Paul II for the fourth time, in Rome before a crowd of more than 400,000 and he records the official anthem for the Jubilee Year "Gloria a te, Cristo Gesù".

02.23.2000

Grammy Awards

Andrea is nominated as "New Artist" for the Grammy Awards.

2000

Millennium Concert

He performs at the Millennium Concert in Paris under the Eiffel Tower, under the direction of M° Seiji Ozawa, accompanied by the Toronto Symphonic Orchestra, the Paris Symphonic Orchestra with a chorus of 170 voices and a treble voice chorus of 200 children. He is also a protagonist of the closing concert of the European Football Championship of Rotterdam.

11.08.1999

Sacred Arias

In November the album "Sacred Arias" is released (guided by Myun-Whun Chung) and a new season of records is unleashed: he simultaneously holds the top three places in the classical music charts in the United States with "Sacred Arias", "Aria" and "Viaggio Italiano".

10.29.1999

Werther

In October he made his debut in the United States in Werther by Massenet and in Detroit with Steven Mercurio on the podium and Denyce Graves acting as Charlotte.

08.10.1999

Verona Arena

He makes his debut at the Verona Area, as a guest at the Gala of "The Merry Widow" directed by Anton Guadagno and alongside Cecilia Gasdìa.

03.22.1999

Sogno

Release of the album Sogno.

03.21.1999

Night of the Oscars

2 billion TV viewers watch the grand Night of the Oscars, where Andrea performs "The Prayer" in a duet with Céline Dion.

02.24.1999

Nomination Grammy Awards

Andrea is nominated as "New Artist" for the Grammy Awards.

01.25.1999

Golden Globe Award

The song wins a Golden Globe Award in the Best Original Song category for a film score (for the animation "A quest for Camelot").

01.01.1999

23 million records sold

By now he has sold more than 23 million records in the world since the start of his career.

01.01.1999

Usa Chart

In the United States he is top of the mainstream charts with 4 records at the same time ("Sogno", "Romanza", "Aria" and "Viaggio Italiano").

01.01.1999

American & National Musica Award

American Music Awards for "Best in the World" and National Music Award for "Best Classical Artist".

11.01.1998

Duet with Celine Dion

In November he sings "The Prayer" as a duet with Céline Dion: the Canadian artist says of Andrea "If God could sing, He would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli".

09.01.1998

Echo Klassik Award

In Germany in September Andrea receives the ’Echo Klassik Award for record sales of the "Best Classical Album" Aria.

05.05.1998

World Music Awards

On 5th May Andrea wins two World Music Awards in Monte Carlo for "Best Italian Singer" and "Best Classical Performance".

04.01.1998

Andrea on Top of the World

Receives an invitation to lunch with President Clinton at the White House: the press headlines say "Andrea on Top of the World".

03.01.1998

Aria

Release of the album "Aria".

02.18.1998

Bohème

He makes his debut in the Bohèeme (Rodolfo) at the Lyrical Theatre of Cagliari, guided by Steven Mercurio and alongside Daniela Dessì: a debut that marked an important point in his scenic and vocal maturity. During the same year he met Zubin Mehta for an important concert in Tel Aviv.

01.01.1998

The tours

Bocelli holds concerts in all of the main cities in Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America, performing in the most prestigious venues in the world.

08.01.1997

XII Worldwide Day for Youth

800,000 spectators take part in the closing concert of the "XII Worldwide Day for Youth" in Paris, with Pope John Paul II.

03.03.1997

Time to say goodbye

"Time to say Goodbye", is the best selling single of all times in Germany with 3 million records sold, 15 weeks at number one, almost a whole year in the Top Ten and goes platinum 6 times (Album + Singles).

03.01.1997

Romanza

The international debut album ROMANZA is released and it immediately reaches the top of the charts around the world. It achieves Double Diamond in France, and is also a huge hit everywhere from the United States to Mexico, from Canada to Australia and South Africa.

1997

Echo Klassik Award & Bambi Award

The album "Viaggio Italiano" is classified in Germany as a best seller by the Echo Klassik Award and the Bambi Award in the Classic category.

01.01.1997

First opera recitals

He debuts in his first opera recitals in Cagliari and Torre del Lago, performing duets and arias ranging from Madame Butterfly to Tosca as well as the aria "dei nove Do" taken from the "Figlia del Reggimento", encored by the crowds.

11.23.1996

Duet with Sarah Brightman

"Con te partirò, Time to say Goodbye", is performed on TV in the duet version, with the English singer Sarah Brightman, during the boxing champion Henry Maske’s last fight, and it wins Bocelli the prestigious Echo Award in Hamburg for "Best Singer of the year".

1996

The year of record breaking successes

The "Bocelli" album, featuring the major hit “Con te partirò” is top of the charts all over Europe. Number one in France for 6 weeks, it goes triple gold. Number one in Belgium for 12 weeks. Quadruple Platinum in Germany.

1995

Viaggio Italiano

A second album, "Bocelli", is released followed a few months later by the first “classical” album "Viaggio Italiano" with Vladimir Fedoseyey (Sugar).

02.04.1995

Sanremo

He returns to the Sanremo Festival, but this time as a star, with “Con te partirò”.

12.25.1994

Christmas Night

On Christmas night, following an invitation by the Holy Father, he sings “Adeste Fideles” in the Sala Nervi at the Vatican.

12.25.1994

Macbeth

He makes his debut in the opera at Pisa, Mantova, Lucca and Livorn in Macbeth (Macduff), directed by Claudio Desderi.

06.04.1994

Il Mare Calmo della Sera

His debut album "Il mare calmo della sera" is released, the first gold disk of a whole series of prizes and awards.

02.01.1994

Sanremo

He takes part in the Sanremo Festival and wins the “newcomers” category with “Il mare calmo della sera” which launches him into Italian homes and into the world of great music.

09.22.1958

An old fashioned training of a modern tenor

A Tuscan, like Puccini and Mascagni, Andrea Bocelli was born on 22nd September 1958 in the family farm of Lajatico, among the vineyards of the countryside of Pisa. His parents must be given credit for having encouraged young Andrea’s musical talent, allowing him to start studying the piano from the age of only six years old. Later his musical passion extended to the flute and the saxophone but it was in his voice that Andrea discovered the ideal instrument. This was the beginning of the formative process which would produce Bocelli, the star, “a modern but old fashioned tenor” (as he likes to describe himself). In 1970 he enjoyed his first success in a singing competition: performing ‘O sole mio’. After studying singing with Maestro Luciano Bettarini), Bocelli approached Franco Corelli, an artist whom he had always worshipped. In order to pay for singing lessons, Andrea played the piano in the local bars and in the meantime he continued to develop his interest in humanities and graduated in Law at the University of Pisa. Just in the same period that saw his launch in the world of pop, having been discovered by Caterina Caselli and signed to her record label “Sugar”, Andrea had an opportunity to make his debut on the operatic stage, in 1994 in Verdi’s Macbeth (in the role of Macduff) directed by Claudio Desderi. That Christmas he was invited to sing the Adeste Fideles in St Peters before the Pope. No more courtrooms or requests in piano bars: this was the start of a meteoric rise. Andrea Bocelli had found the stage. In fact the stage had found Andrea Bocelli and would never leave him.

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Creative Director Stefano Scozzese
Supervisor Massimiliano Ballanti
Career Contents Renate Bausch
Photographers Giovanni De Sandre, Luca Rossetti, Fabian Hochscheid
Video Contents Strani Rumori Studio
Reportages and Opera contents Giorgio De Martino
Special Thanks Sugar Music
Official Fanclub www.bocelli.de
Official Community www.andreabocelli.us

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