Despite the fact that churches may have been empty on Easter Sunday, a single voice brought millions together from inside Italy’s famed Duomo di Milano.
Andrea Bocelli, the famous Opera singer, became a beacon of hope during the novel coronavirus pandemic as he sang in the empty cathedral — and in their homes around the world.
People around the world had to forgo traditional Easter celebrations because of COVID-19, so the mayor of Milan, including with church authorities, invited the famous musician to participate in a special performance with Emanuele Vianelli, the talented organist.
Bocelli was happy to accept and decided to livestream his “Music for Hope” concert on YouTube.
“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,” Bocelli 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.”
There is only one word that can best describe his renditions of “Panis Angelicus,” “Ave Maria,” “Sancta Maria,” “Domne Deus,” and “Amazing Grace.”: angelic.
He heads outside into the square for the last song. We see empty streets in Paris, London, and New York as he sings. obviously, even though Bocelli appears to be alone, he isn’t! Tens of millions of people tuned in for his stunning show and found an extra burst of joy, and that number will only continue grow.
We have to thank Bocelli, for wrapping us all in a gorgeous musical embrace. Easter may have looked different this year, but it was no less special thanks to him.
Click to listen to his amazing voice in the video below, and share his performance to spread hope.