On Easter Sunday, Andrea Bocelli stunned the world with his elegant vocal prowess in a 24 minute “prayer” that streamed live to YouTube at 10am PST/1pm EST.
Bocelli spoke briefly before his performance in the empty Duomo di Milano, as there was no audience allowed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It was an emotional concert due to the affect COVID-19 has had on the Italian population, in particular the elderly. As such, Bocelli made it clear that his singing would be less of a traditional performance and more of a prayer.
“On the day we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer, yes” said Bocelli. “Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart.”
Bocelli stood in the cathedral wearing a black tuxedo with a black bowtie and sang four songs by the altar more than six feet away from organist Emmanuelle Vianelli. He performed “Panis Angelicus,” “Ave Maria,” “Sancta Maria” and “Domine Deus” without any pause for words. He then walked, without any guidance, to the Duomo’s square and performed his enchanting finale, “Amazing Grace,” a capella at first and then with an off-camera orchestra. Throughout his last song, the feed flipped between empty world-famous attractions such as The Eiffel Tower and Times Square in NYC.
This performance, no matter what your beliefs are, has offered the world a bit of light in this trying time. Thank you Andrea, for your authentic and powerful voice that gives us hope.
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