Andrea Bocelli, a world-renowned classical singer, gave a performance all by himself on Easter Sunday evening inside the Milan Cathedral, which was completely empty.
In the midst of the epidemic, the Italian singer gave people all around the world reason to have hope via his performance with just a piano as accompaniment.
The 61-year-old songwriter was born in Lajatico, Italy, on September 22, 1958, later, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at five months old and completely went blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.
Bocelli’s career got its start when Italian rock musician Zucchero conducted auditions for tenors to produce a demo tape for his song “Misesere,” which he would be recording as a duet with Luciano Pavarotti.
Bocelli won the audition and went on to become one of the most successful tenors in the world. After hearing the recording, the latter suggested that Zucchero should alternatively record with Bocelli rather than with him.
Bocelli is now the classical musician with the most record sales in the world, having sold over 90 million CDs all over the globe. The “Music for Hope” event that Andrea Bocelli gave was held at the Duomo Cathedral in Milan.
The singer said in a message that was played before the virtual Easter concert that, “on the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer ‘Si’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan.”
In the majestic Gothic structure, Bocelli played four religious pieces: “Sancta Maria,” “Domine Deus,” “Panis Angelicu,” and “Ave Maria.”
The tenor’s voice, which was described as having an utterly beautiful quality, resonated throughout the inside of the enormous church while Emanuele Vianelli, who was the organist at the cathedral, provided accompaniment.
But the most moving part of the concert was when Bocelli stepped outside on the steps of the church and screamed out a stirring version of “Amazing Grace.” While he was performing his farewell song, a montage that showed the deserted streets of New York, London, and Paris played in the background.
At the very end, he spoke once more than once the last statement, which went as follows: “I was blind, but now I see.”
In the short-spoken introduction to the film, Andrea Bocelli says, “I believe in the power of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a global symbol of rebirth that everyone, whether they are believers or not, genuinely needs right now.
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.”