On the sidelines of the digital release of the film “The Music of Silence”, by Michael Radford, which is inspired by the life of Andrea Bocelli, here are some highlights about the Italian opera singer who conquered the world with his divine voice .
Attracted by music from an early age, Andrea Bocelli became blind at the age of 12 from an inherited form of glaucoma. After studying law at the University of Pisa, he returned to his first love, song. A decision that was worth it, since he has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.
The Italian tenor even broke the record for the number of views on YouTube for a classic performance. His concert “Music for Hope: Live from Duomo di Milano”, which he presented at Milan Cathedral on Easter Sunday 2020, has been viewed more than 42 million times since its broadcast.
United at work and in life
In 2002, when he had just divorced his wife, Enrica Cenzatti, with whom he had his sons, Amos (25 years old) and Matteo (23 years old), the opera singer met the one who would become his wife 12 years more late, Veronica Berti. Although 26 years separate them – she was 18 when she met the tenor – for them, their love is ageless.
They said “yes, I do” on March 21, 2014, at the Sanctuary of Montenero, in Livorno, Italy. A significant date for the lovebirds, since their daughter, Virginia, was born two years earlier.
More than a wife, Veronica is also the manager of the man and the vice-president of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, launched in July 2011, to help people living in poverty, illiteracy or distress due to illness or social exclusion. About his foundation, the singer told in an interview with Euronews, in 2015: “My foundation has two main components, which can be summarized as follows: the first concerns the struggle for emancipation and the second concerns technology. , since we hope to create a tool to remove all the difficulties related to blindness. A lot of blind people live alone in the city and they have problems every day going out, getting around, going to the grocery store or to work … So it would be great to be able to create a tool that could help them . “
The 62-year-old singer, who released a cover album “Believe” last November, is very religious. “I have always asked myself questions about life and its meaning. The answers I gave to myself have always led me to look to the sky. Therefore, for me, the Holy Father symbolizes the highest authority on earth, and meeting him was a moment that I cannot describe in words. Each of the popes I have met has their own unique personality. I remember the humanity of John Paul II and the charism of Benedict XVI. I also remember, because it’s more recent, the overwhelming emotion provoked by my meeting with François. He is truly a holy man. And I make a point of saying it, even before the Church canonizes him, ”he told Euronews in 2015.
“The music of silence”
Based on the 1999 novel “Music of Silence” by Andrea Bocelli, Michael Radford’s feature film was released digitally. It tells the story of Amos Bardi (Toby Sebastian), a young man with a magnificent voice suffering from sight problems that make him almost blind. Amos however manages to make his way in music despite pitfalls. Antonio Banderas plays the maestro there.
For the anecdote, Amos is the main character of Andrea Bocelli’s book, but also the first name of his eldest son.