Andrea Bocelli Reflects on His Life in New Biopic ‘The Music of Silence’ (Q&A).
Andrea Bocelli is one of the most famous classical music singers of all time, with a record-breaking 80 million records sold worldwide. His duet with Sarah Brightman, “Time to Say Goodbye,” is one of the best-selling singles of all time, and his recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran, “Perfect Symphony,” currently has almost 80 million views on YouTube.
The 59-year-old was born with congenital glaucoma and lost his vision entirely after a soccer accident when he was 12. His life story, from his humble beginnings in Tuscany to his struggle to make it as a singer, is documented in the new film The Music of Silence.
The biopic, directed by Michael Radford, is based on Bocelli’s own memoir of the same name. Bocelli makes a cameo as himself and actor Toby Sebastian stars as the younger Amos, Bocelli’s alter ego. Antonio Banderas stars as the music teacher who shaped Amos’ voice into one of the most sought-after voices in music today. And Jordi Molla and Luisa Ranieri also star as Amos’ parents.
Bocelli above all hopes that his life story will serve as an inspiration to young people, to not let any setback prevent them from fulfilling their goals. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Bocelli about his deep faith, the performances he is most proud of and what he thinks of Antonio Banderas’ singing voice.