Born with congenital glaucoma, Andrea Bocelli became permanently blind at the age of 12. Finding passion in music at a young age, he now channels his energy through singing. Bocelli has become a legendary tenor, recording 15 solo studio albums and selling over 80 million records worldwide. Bocelli has been nominated for both a Grammy and Academy Award, and has won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Bocelli has even captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts. Seven of his albums have since reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and a record-setting ten have topped the classical crossover album charts in the United States.
In this special performance from the spectacular Palazzo Vecchio, Bocelli is joined by world-renowned conductor Zubin Mehta, sopranos Carly Paoli and Maria Aleida, baritone Gianfranco Montresor, and violinist David Garrett. Host Chad Smith takes an up-close-and-personal tour of both Bocelli’s villa in Tuscany and the city of Florence.
Bocelli and Smith sit down for an intimate conversation about Bocelli’s home in the hills of Tuscany, his family and his music. And, of course, an impromptu musical jam session ensues.