Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Personal life

Bocelli met his first wife, Enrica Cenzatti, while singing at piano bars early in his career.[26] They were married on 27 June 1992, and had two children.[27]Their first child, Amos, was born in February 1995. Their second son, Matteo was born in October 1997.[30] The couple separated in 2002.[39] Although not yet divorced,[155] Bocelli lives with his girlfriend and manager, Veronica Berti. They met in 2002.
The couple live in a spacious villa, which used to be a hotel, in Forte dei Marmi on the Mediterranean, complete with recording studio. Meanwhile, Bocelli's estranged wife and two sons live in the couple's previous residence in the same comune, in Versilia.[130] Since the late 1990s, however, Bocelli has hadMonaco, a popular tax haven, as his official residence in order to avoid paying Italian taxes.[156]
On 30 April 2000, Bocelli's father, Sandro Bocelli, died. His mother encouraged him to honour his commitments, and so he sang for the Pope, in Rome, on May 1, and immediately returned home for the funeral. At his July 5 performance, filmed for PBS as American Dream—Andrea Bocelli's Statue of LibertyConcert, Bocelli dedicated the encore Sogno (Dream), from his 1999 album Sogno, to the memory of his father.[36]
A section of the way along the beach in Jesolo, on the Italian Adriatic coast, was named after Bocelli on 11 August 2003.[40

Teatro del Silenzio

In 2006, Bocelli influenced the municipality of his hometown Lajatico to build an outdoor theatre, the "Teatro del Silenzio".[157] Bocelli serves as its honorary president and performs for one night only, every July, the rest of the year, the theatre remains silent.
Since the opening in 2006, Bocelli has held 5 concerts, in every July, with guests ranging from opera singers Plácido Domingo and José Carreras to classical crossover artists Sarah Brightman andKatherine Jenkins, as well as Italian rock and pop stars ZuccheroLaura Pausini, and Elisa. Bocelli's guests have also included instrumentalists Lang LangChris Botti, and Kenny G. The 2007 edition of the "Teatro del Silenzio" was released on DVD in 2008.[158]

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