Andrea Bocelli, Grande Ufficiale OMRI (born 22 September 1958) is a five-time Classical Brit winner and three-time Grammy nominated Italian tenor.
Since his debut album Il mare calmo della sera, released in 1994, he has recorded over 22 pop and classical albums, including seven complete operas, five of which have made it to the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, and a record-setting 7 have made it to No. 1, on the US Classical albums charts. He has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, and is widely regarded as the most popular Italian singer in the world.
In a 2008 opinion poll, Classic FM (UK) listeners and Radio Times readers voted Bocelli the Nation's third favourite male singer, higher than any other non-British artist, including opera legends, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.
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