Music For Hope – Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor perform in empty Milan Cathedral.
Andrea Angel Bocelli sent an inspiring Easter message in ‘Music For Hope’ Live from Duomo di Milano, a live-streamed concert to bring people together during the corona-virus outbreak.
The Italian tenor organised an online concert broadcast worldwide on Easter Sunday.
Andrea Bocelli, who has been blind since age 12, spoke only during the opening scenes, which featured a flyover of Duomo di Milano and its 135 spires, as well as the deserted city in the live concert of Music of Hope.
The Italian opera singer mentioned that he happily accepted the opportunity to send an Easter message even without a live audience, as the public was not allowed in the cathedral because of the corona-virus.
The ‘Music For Hope’ performance, which was streamed on YouTube from Milan’s Duomo cathedral, has been watched more than 22 millions times so far.
Andrea Bocelli sang four songs inside the Gothic building and ended with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” from the cathedral steps with a montage of images showing the empty streets of Paris, London and New York.
“On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer ‘Si’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milano,” the visually impaired star said in a message played before the concert.
While streaming Music for Hope Andrea said,”Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart.
Andrea, wearing black tie, performed “Panis Angelicus,” “Ave Maria,” “Sancta Maria” and “Domine Deus” without stopping and in the final line he sang, “Was blind, but now I see”.
The Lombardy region, of which Milan is the capital, has been the hardest hit in Italy’s coronavirus crisis, with more than 9,000 deaths.
Viewers appreciated the live concert of Music of Hope by saying ‘Andrea Bocelli is a true gift from God. This was beautiful and just what I needed to see and feel right now” similarly there were many comments like this.
Churches in Italy remain closed and even prayers given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday were live streamed.