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Andrea Bocelli to perform in empty Duomo Cathedral on Easter Sunday

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform a special Easter Sunday concert at the Duomo Cathedral during a special audience-free concert which will be live-streamed.

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Photo: Andrea Bocelli/YouTube

The Italian opera singer and popular tenor, Andrea Bocelli will live stream an Easter Sunday concert from Italy’s famed Duomo Cathedral in Milan. Universal Music Group is working with the City of Milan, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sugar Music and YouTube to put on the virtual concert.

Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Concert

It is reported that just like practically every other church in the world, the pews will be empty where Bocelli will be accompanied only by organist Emanuele Vianelli to perform the concert, titled Bocelli: Music for Hope. The concert will stream live on Bocelli’s YouTube channel Sunday at 16:00 (SAST).

It is said that Bocelli’s live concert from an empty Duomo — which is normally full for Easter mass — will be one of the most striking examples of the extent to which the pandemic has altered public life.

In a statement released Tuesday, 7 April 2020, Bocelli said he hopes that the Easter concert, which will consist mostly of spiritual songs like Ave Maria and Sancta Maria will provide some comfort to viewers regardless of their religion.

“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. The generous, courageous, proactive Milan and the whole of Italy will be again, and very soon, a winning model, engine of a renaissance that we all hope for. It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth,” Bocelli said further.

‘The embrace we are missing these days’

“This year, Easter will be very different for all of us,” Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, said in a statement. “The joyous serenity that usually comes with this day, has been greatly troubled by the pandemic we are experiencing. I am sure that the extraordinary voice of Bocelli will be the embrace we are missing these days, a strong, special hug, capable of warming the heart of Milan, Italy and the world.”

Bocelli is doing this pro-bono, according to the release.

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