Andrea Bocelli To Perform In An Empty Duomo Cathedral On Easter

Andrea Bocelli has announced he will be singing live from the Duomo Cathedral in Milan this Easter Sunday (12 April 2020).

Lifting People’s Spirit During Dark Times

The iconic opera singer is sending a message of love and hope to the world during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Italian tenor says this not a concert, but rather a “prayer.”

“On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer ‘Sì’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan,” he stated.

“I believe in the strength of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone — whether they are believers or not — truly needs right now.

Italy has been one of the countries that have been most badly hit by the COVID-19 and has been on the lockdown since early March because of the rapidly spreading outbreak. As of today, there are over 139,000 confirmed cases and more than 17,000 deaths because of the novel virus.

“Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride… It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth.” 

Music For Hope

Though it won’t be open to the public due to the countrywide lockdown, the event — titled Music for Hope” — will be livestreamed globally.

Bocelli has created a special set for the event, which will include holy songs like “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria.” He will be accompanied by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli, who will be playing one of the world’s largest pipe organs.

The performance will air live on Bocelli’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m. ET.


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