Rome – Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed today a short concert on the occasion of Easter with songs chosen from the repertoire of religious music in the imposing cathedral of Milan (north), empty due to the emergence of coronaviruses, to give hope to the world at this time.
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The half-hour live concert that was broadcast on the tenor’s social networks It began with Bocelli’s words in which he explained that he believes in “the strength to pray together” and in “Easter as a symbol of rebirth for both believers and non-believers at a time when they feel the need.”
“The positive and courageous Milan and Italy will be a winning model and a model of the rebirth that we all hope for,” Bocelli said as images were released of an Italy empty of the coronavirus, but showing even more of its beauty.
Already from the inside, Bocelli began his “Music for Hope” concert accompanied only by his voice and by the organist of the temple, Emanuele Vianelli, at the head of one of the largest and most imposing organs on the planet.
While the camera also showed the details of the wonderful stained glass windows of the cathedral, Bocelli began interpreting the traditional “Panis Angelicus” and followed Bach’s “Ave Maria”, the “Sancta Maria” from the opera “Cavallería Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and Rossini’s “Domine Deus”.
Outside the cathedral in a ghostly square, Bocelli performed “Amazing Grace” by John Newton accompanied by images of the main cities of the world with Paris, London or New York totally deserted.
Bocelli, during an interview with EFE, announced that with this musical “prayer” he wanted to ask “for the gift of faith and hope” of humanity, not only during the current coronavirus pandemic, but for what comes later.