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Bocelli to wed on daughter's second birthday

Blind crossover tenor ties knot with manager in second marriage

21 March, 13:41
Bocelli to wed on daughter's second birthday (ANSA) - Livorno, March 21 - Italy's blind crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli is to wed for the second time on the birthday of his two-year-old daughter Virginia Friday, Tuscan daily Il Tirreno reported.

Bocelli, Italy's most successful international recording artist, will marry his companion and business manager Veronica Berti at a Roman Catholic shrine near the Tuscan coastal city of Livorno, it said. A small group of friends and family will move on to a banquet at the tenor's stunning villa at the chic resort of Forte dei Marmi - next door to the luxury home of his ex-wife Enrica and their two sons, where Bocelli used to live. Bocelli, 55, met Veronica, who at 31 is young enough to be his daughter, at a party 12 years ago, shortly after his separation from Enrica, with whom he has sons Amos, 19, and Matteo, 15. Bocelli met Enrica Cenzatti while singing at piano bars early in his career.

They were married on 27 June 1992 and separated in 2002 after he started going out with Veronica.

Meanwhile Bocelli's signing career goes from strength to strength.

His last album, Passion, featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado was released a year ago to critical and public acclaim, The 18-track album also included an unusual virtual duet with late French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

Bocelli and friends sing in at least five different languages on the album - Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese - as well as the Neapolitan dialect.

Music critics said the track with Piaf was the highlight of the album, as Bocelli sings with the Little Sparrow, who died in 1963, in her signature La Vie en Rose.

The Italian tenor is the most successful classical solo artist ever and one of the best-selling artists in music history with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide.

He is also credited with enabling the core classical repertoire to cross over and find a home atop the international pop charts, creating a new genre of music along the way.

He has performed for four US presidents, two popes, and the British royal family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup.

Bocelli has been praised by such luminaries as the late supertenor Luciano Pavarotti, fellow member of the Three Tenors Jose Carreras, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Renee Fleming and Celine Dion - as well as his own first teacher and guide, Franco Corelli.