Andrea Bocelli

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Singer • Musician • Composer

Birth Date: September 22, 1958

Age: 65 years old

Birth Place: Lajatico, Italy

Children: Matteo Bocelli

Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli recorded albums of operatic arias and pop songs that generated more than 75 million in record sales worldwide, making him the top-selling classical artist in recorded history. He rose from humble beginnings, which included total blindness at age 12, to win over such established talents in his home country as Zucchero and Luciano Pavarotti with his warm, powerful tenor voice. By the 1990s, he was an international favorite, scoring two of the biggest-selling singles in pop history with "Time to Say Goodbye," a duet with Sarah Brightman, and "The Prayer," which teamed Bocelli with Celine Dion. He remained enormously popular with worldwide audiences, which in turn helped to bring countless esteemed classical works back from the dust of antiquity, a service rarely accomplished by even the most highly regarded classical performers of previous decades. Bocelli used his vast worldwide star power in service to both the music and to countless charitable organizations across the globe. In doing so, he remained not only one of the most successful artists in the world, but a major force for charitable works.

Born Sept. 22, 1958, he was the son of Alessandro and Edi Bocelli, who operated a small farm and vineyard in Lajatico, a farming community in Tuscany, Italy. Bocelli showed enormous talent as both a singer and a musician from an early age, beginning with piano lessons at the age of six and soon adding flute and saxophone. He was also plagued by congenital glaucoma from birth, and became completely blind following a soccer accident at the age of 12. Undaunted, he continued to sing into his teenaged years, winning his first song competition at 14, but pursued the law as a career, graduating from the University of Pisa as a Doctor of Law before spending a year as a court-appointed lawyer. To support himself during this period, Bocelli sang in piano bars. His big break came in 1992 when Italian rock star Zucchero held auditions for tenors to record a demo of the song "Miserere," a track co-written with Bono of U2. Bocelli's rendition not only impressed the veteran rocker but also opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, for whom the song was intended as a duet. Pavarotti instead urged Zucchero to record the single with Bocelli, which became a major hit throughout Europe. Bocelli joined Zucchero's 1993 European tour, where his nightly vocal spotlight significantly increased his profile.

A series of high-profile performances, including a guest slot on the 1994 Pavarotti International Festival in Modena, Italy, led to his debut CD, Il mare calmo della sera, which debuted in the Top 10 on the Italian album charts before reaching platinum sales status within a few weeks' time. The title track, co-written by Zucchero, later helped Bocelli to win the newcomer title at the prestigious Sanremo music festival in 1994. The following year, he joined Al Jarreau, Bryan Ferry and other international artists as part of the "Night of the Proms" tour, which culminated in a live television performance seen by tens of millions of European viewers. After releasing another album of operatic standards with 1996's Bocelli, the singer focused on traditional songs from Naples for his third effort, Italian Journey, before experimenting with pop for Romanza (1997). The album featured a duet with Sarah Brightman on "Time to Say Goodbye," which topped singles charts across Europe. A series of high-profile duets with female singers from Europe, including Spain's Marta Sanchez and Hélène Ségara of France, preceded performances for the Pope in 1998 and Bocelli's debut in a major operatic role with a production of La bohème on the island of Sardinia that same year.

Bocelli made his American debut with a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1998, which was followed by a reception at the White House for then-President Bill Clinton. The following year, he recorded the David Foster-penned pop ballad "The Prayer" with Celine Dion for her album These Are Special Times (1998). The single, which also appeared on Bocelli's album Sogno and on the soundtrack for the animated feature "Quest for Camelot" (1997), would go on to sell over 10 million copies and net Bocelli his first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, as well as an Oscar nod for Best Original Song. He would perform extensively in both America and Europe over the next year, performing at benefit concerts and in opera productions on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1999, his seventh solo album, Sacred Arias, made him the first artist to hold the top three spots on the Billboard classical music chart. His fourth record, Aria, the opera album, was No. 2 on the chart, while Italian Journey, was in the third spot.

The new millennium saw Bocelli contribute regularly to charity benefit concerts, including the Memorial Concert at Ground Zero in New York, the Music of Asia Festival in 2004 to aid victims of the Indian tsunami that year, and a duet with Mary J. Blige and David Foster at the 52nd Grammy Awards to raise awareness for the survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He also produced records at a steady rate, including 2001's Cieli di Toscano and 2006's Amore, which marked the singer's highest chart placement on the Billboard Top 200. He also performed at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, that same year, before receiving the title of Grand Officer of the Italian Order of Merit. The following year, he received the Best Artist and World's Best-Selling Classical Artist at the 2007 World Music Awards. Bocelli's album release that year, The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Viviere, sold over three million copies.

He then returned to his roots with Incanto (2008), a collection of songs from his childhood that sold over 1.5 million copies with four months of its release, while his first holiday album, My Christmas, sold five million units worldwide, with over 2.8 million in the United States alone. Bocelli received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, before releasing his first digital only album, Notte Illuminata (2011), which featured operas in French, English, Italian and Spanish. A major world tour to promote the album culminated in his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in February of that year. In September 2011, he gave a free concert on the Great Lawn at Central Park in New York City. The show, which featured guest performances by Dion and Tony Bennett, was seen by over 70,000 attendees, as well as a national television audience on PBS. That same year, he launched the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, which funded medical research while aiding in the fight against poverty. By Paul Gaita

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Elisa: Buon Natale anche a te

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Christmas With The Chosen: Holy NightStream

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Bocelli - A Family Christams / Cyber Week Deals

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Cyber Week Deals / Bocelli - A Family Christmas

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Manifesto del cambiamento: La parola ai giovani

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Amazing Grace with Bocelli & Winans

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The Journey con Andrea Bocelli

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Andrea Bocelli: The Journey

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The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli

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Andrea Bocelli: Natale in famiglia

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Woolworths Carols in the Domain 2022

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A Bocelli Family Christmas

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A Bocelli Family Christmas

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Christmas From the Mountain Top With the Bocellis

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Bocelli - A Family Christmas / Beauty Bio Skin Care

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Seguimi, la vita di Pietro

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Cud Życia

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2021

CBS Mornings

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2021

Andrea Bocelli: Live in Tuscany

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Andrea Bocelli! Roma

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Corelli alla Scala

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Isolation

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2021

Especial de Natal com Andrea Bocelli

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2020

The 22nd Annual A Home for the Holidays

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Trump vs. Hollywood

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The Disney Holiday SingalongStream

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Die schönsten Italo-Hits

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Die schönsten Italo-Hits

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Un nuovo giorno: Andrea Bocelli live

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One World: Together at Home

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Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope

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Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special

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150 anni di Roma capitale

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Andrea Bocelli: Ragazzo Mio (Danny Boy)

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Easter With Andrea

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Andrea Bocelli: You'll Never Walk Alone

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Andrea Bocelli: Pianissimo

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Andrea Bocelli: Amazing Grace (arr. Mercurio)

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Andrea Bocelli: Hallelujah

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Andrea Bocelli: Ali di libertà

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2019

Andrea Bocelli: Ali di libertà, la costruzione di un grande evento

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2019

David Foster: Off the Record

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2019

Da Clay ad Ali: La metamorfosi

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2019

La mia musica

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2019

Andrea Bocelli feat. Ed Sheeran: Amo Soltanto Te

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Sanremo 2019

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'90s Latin

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Andrea Bocelli Feat. Ed Sheeran: Amo Soltanto Te

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Luciano Pavarotti Feat. Andrea Bocelli: Notte 'e piscatore

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Love Italia

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Andrea Bocelli Feat. Ellie Goulding: Return to Love

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Andrea Bocelli: Return to Love

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Andrea Bocelli: La voce, il cuore

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2018

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

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2018

Andrea Bocelli: The Heart of Christmas

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2018

TBN Christmas Special

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2018

Andrea Bocelli: Una grande storia italiana

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2018

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration

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2018

Andrea Bocelli & Matteo Bocelli: Fall On Me (From Disney's The Nutcracker And The Four Realms / English Version)

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2018

L'Italia con voi

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2018

Andrea Bocelli and Matteo Bocelli: Fall on Me

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2018

Italia sì

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2018

La notte di Andrea Bocelli

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2018

Ed Goes Platinum

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2018

Andrea Bocelli: If Only

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Andrea Bocelli: Qualcosa Piu Dell'Oro

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Andrea Bocelli: Fall On Me

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Andrea Bocelli: Fall On Me (Making Of)

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Andrea Bocelli Feat. Dua Lipa: If Only

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Andrea Bocelli feat. Matteo Bocelli: Ven a mí

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Andrea Bocelli: Ven a mí

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Andrea Bocelli: Ave Maria Pietas

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2018

Intimissimi on ice: A legend of beauty

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2017

Andrea Bocelli Show

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2017

Timeline

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2017

Andrea Bocelli -- Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Ed Sheeran Feat. Andrea Bocelli: Perfect Symphony

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2017

La musica del silenzio

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2017

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come

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2016

Praise

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2016

Primavera Musical no Vale - Andrea Bocelli

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2016

Andrea Boccelli: Cinema

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2016

Le concert des étoiles

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2016

Bocelli - Cinema

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2016

Tillykke, dronning Elizabeth 90 år: Fødselsdagsshow

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2016

Andrea Bocelli & Nicole Scherzinger: No llores por mi Argentina

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2016

Michael McIntyre's Big Show

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2016

Die Helene Fischer Show 2015

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2015

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

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Andrea Bocelli: Il mio cinema

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2015

Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2015

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

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2015

Andrea Bocelli: Can't Help Falling in Love (HD)

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2015

Andrea Bocelli & Céline Dion: The Prayer

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Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman: Time To Say Goodbye (HD)

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2015

Andrea Bocelli: Bésame mucho - Live From Lake Las Vegas Resort, USA / 2006

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Andrea Bocelli feat. Caroline Campbell: Quizás quizá quizás (HD)

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Andrea Bocelli & Helene Fischer: When I Fall In Love

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Andrea Bocelli: Somos novios - Live From Lake Las Vegas 2001

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Andrea Bocelli: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

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Andrea Bocelli & Marta Sánchez: Vivo por ella

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Andrea Bocelli: Champagne: Live / 2012

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Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman: Canto Della Terra (HD)

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Andrea Bocelli: Perfidia - Live / 2012

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Andrea Bocelli: Cuando me enamoro - Live From Lake Las Vegas Resort, USA, 2006

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Andrea Bocelli: The Lord's Prayer - Live From The Kodak Theatre, USA / 2009

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Andrea Bocelli & Ariana Grande: E Più Ti Penso

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

Stanotte a...

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Expo 2015: The Opening

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Dream of Italy

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2015

The Late Late Show With James CordenStream

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2015

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All-Star Grammy Salute

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2015

Andrea Bocelli: Júrame

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2015

Andrea Bocelli: Solamente una vez

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2015

Redevida Apresenta

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2014

The Meredith Vieira Show

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2014

Andrea Bocelli - Love in Portofino

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2014

Lo Spettacolo dello Sport: I 100 anni del CONI

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2014

Expo Milano 2015: Conto alla rovescia

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Lehàr: La vedova allegra

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Le parole della settimana

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2014

Puccini: La bohème

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Domenica In

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2014

Night of the Proms

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2013

On the Money

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2013

Andrea Bocelli Feat. Édith Piaf: La Vie En Rose

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2013

Andrea Bocelli Feat. Édith Piaf: La Vie en Rose

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2013

Andrea Bocelli & David Foster My Christmas

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2012

Tony Bennett - Duets II

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2012

La vita in diretta

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2012

Tale e quale show

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Music Line

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2012

Andrea Bocelli: One Night in Central Park

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2011

Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park

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2011

The Marilyn Denis Show

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2011

Tony Bennett & Andrea Bocelli: Stranger In Paradise

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2011

The Talk

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2010

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

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2010

The Jay Leno Show

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

Pavarotti: Salute Petra

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2009

Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing

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2008

Che tempo che fa

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2007

The Apprentice: Los Angeles

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2007

The One Show

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2006

Faith: Pope John Paul II

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2006

Andrea Bocelli & Christina Aguilera: Somos novios

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2006

Andrea Bocelli: Pero te extraño

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2006

Andrea Bocelli: Bésame mucho

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Andrea Bocelli: Cuando me enamoro

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Andrea Bocelli: Canzoni Stonate

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The Martha Stewart Show

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2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

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Strictly Come Dancing

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Nobels fredspris 2004

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2004

Tavis Smiley

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2004

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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2002

Dr. PhilStream

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2002

The Late Late Show

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2002

The Early Show

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1999

In Performance at The White House

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1998

The ViewStream

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1997

Access Hollywood

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1996

Porta a porta

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1996

Andrea Bocelli: Con Te Partiro

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1995

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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1986

CBS News Sunday Morning

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CBS News Sunday Morning

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Live From Lincoln Center

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Good Morning America

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Great PerformancesStream

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Sesame StreetStream

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TodayStream

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TodayStream

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