Andrea Angel Bocelli was born September 22, 1958 in Lajatico, Italy and is an Italian opera singer, songwriter and record producer. Andrea Bocelli was born with congenital glaucoma which caused problems with his sight, and he went completely blind at the age of 12. Andrea Bocelli’s career began when Italian singer Zucchero held auditions for tenors to sing on a demo which he intended to record as a duet with opera giant Pavarotti. Instead, Pavarotti encouraged Zucchero to use Bocelli and the song Miserere became a big hit across Europe. Andrea Bocelli entered the world of classical music in December 1993 and made his opera debut in Verdi's Macbeth at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa. Andrea Bocelli has since recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide. Andrea Bocelli’s UK chart career got off to a flying start in 1997, on a duet of Time To Say Goodbye with Sarah Brightman and in November 2018 he landed his first UK Official Charts Number 1 album in the UK with Si, the first classical album to hit Number 1 in almost 21 years. Andrea Bocelli is the recipient of six Classical BRIT Awards, including an Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2002.