Opera singer extraordinaire Andrea Bocelli certainly has no shortage of fans — he’s sold more than 80 million albums worldwide — but now the Italian tenor is finding himself the focus of a newer, younger audience due to his charming, unexpected collaboration with pop star Ed Sheeran on a version of Sheeran’s hit “Perfect.”
New fans will, then, be interested in delving further into Bocelli’s history with the brand-new film The Music of Silence, which will be released Feb. 2 and details Bocelli’s fascinating journey through hardships to his ultimate successes. Diagnosed with glaucoma as an infant, Bocelli eventually lost all sight after a childhood soccer accident, but he did not allow this challenge to impede his career path.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (Il Postino, 1994), the film stars Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones), Luisa Ranieri (Letters to Juliet), Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II, Blow), Ennio Fantastichini (Loose Cannons, Open Doors), and Antonio Banderas (The Expendables 3, Desperado) and is a cinematic realization of his 1999 written memoir of the same name.
Yahoo Entertainment had the opportunity to chat about the biopic with the famous vocalist himself, and discover some of his insights behind the release — as well as discuss his collaboration with Sheeran, who recently won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2018 Grammys for ÷, which boasts the original version of “Perfect” as its fourth single.
Yahoo Entertainment: The film tells your story through an alter ego main character named Amos. You used this method for your written memoir, as well. Do you feel “Amos” works for the movie format as well as the book?
Andrea Bocelli: Cinema has its own language; it needs the conciseness that a book does not have. They are different dimensions — both of them interesting, stimulating, creative, but different. I do not think it is right to ask a film to really tell a life. … It can, anyway, offer precious suggestions, [and] capture the most important moments, and sometimes even the sense. When, 20 years ago, I wrote this book, to think, to put some order in my life, my natural reaction was to use a third person and “distance myself,” in the hope of keeping a narrative clarity, naming the main character Amos. This was a homage I wanted to pay to an extraordinary man, a fellow countryman, who helped me in my studies for many years, until when I graduated in law and until my artistic career started.