This coming Easter Sunday (April 12), Andrea Bocelli — by invitation of the City of Milan, Italy — will deliver a solo performance at the historic Duomo cathedral.
In accordance with social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis, there will be no audience and no access for the public. However, you can watch the performance streamed live on the tenor’s YouTube channel here at 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST.
“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 in a statement of the upcoming performance.
“I believe in the strength of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone – whether they are believers or not – truly needs right now,” he continued. “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.”
The pieces, specially arranged for solo voice and organ for the occasion, will include “Ave Maria” by Bach/Gounod and Mascagni’s “Sancta Maria.”
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) has started a fundraiser to help hospitals purchase all necessary equipment to protect their medical staff. Donate here.
Andrea’s performance will represent a message of love, healing and hope to the world. Let us know in the comments who you would like to send a message of love to #MusicForHope.
— Andrea Bocelli (@AndreaBocelli) April 9, 2020