“I am moved and delighted to have received such an overwhelming reaction, that has gone beyond our highest expectations,” the legendary tenor says in a statement.
The performance has been viewed more than 33 million times since its premiere, including 28 million views in its first 24 hours, reads a statement.
More than a million people logged into the waiting room before the livestream began, where they were greeted with sweeping views of the empty streets of the Italian city.
“Music has the power to unite communities from around the world in the most unique and momentous ways,” comments Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music.
“In such an unprecedented time, it’s critical we rally together and continue connecting through music. YouTube is honored to have played a role in making sure the world could to come together, as one music family, to see, hear and listen to Andrea Bocelli’s performance on such a historic day in time.”
Watch Bocelli's performance during Music for Hope: Live from Duomo di Milano below.