The first time I ever heard Andrea Bocelli sing was on a television concert with Sarah Brightman (during my big time Phantom of the Opera craze). I was amazed, and impressed, and on this date in 1958, Andrea Bocelli was born. I will be honest. He’s not my favorite tenor, but he is amazing and an inspiration. In fact, when he does not sing operatic music, I prefer his voice.
As I did some research, I was horrified to realize that his parents were advised to abort him, and their decision not to has formed his own pro-life position on this issue. He had congenital glaucoma, and at the age of twelve, he went completely blind due to a brain hemorrhage caused by an accident. If my information is correct, they used leeches as a last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful.
I am going to post the video that introduced me to his voice. No matter what anyone has to say about him, he is amazing and an inspiration.
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