Andrea Bocelli To Perform Live From Italy's Empty Duomo Cathedral On Easter

Easter services and celebrations around the world have been cancelled this year to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, but there is at least one festivity that will take place. Star singer Andrea Bocelli will perform live from the Duomo of Milan on Easter Sunday.

The Italian tenor was invited by the city’s mayor, Giuseppe Sala, for a solo performance at the religious landmark, Variety reports. Undoubtedly, Sala hopes that the performance will help lift the spirits of his community, the country, and perhaps even the world during the global health crisis that has hit Italy particularly hard.

For the performance, Bocelli will be accompanied only by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli. The church will remain empty as Italy remains tightly locked down as it fights out from a wave of infections and deaths from the virus.

“I believe in the strength of praying together,” Bocelli said in a statement, according to Variety. “I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone – whether they are believers or not – truly needs right now.” For the solemn and special occasion, Bocelli has chosen a slate of sacred songs including “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria” to offer a “message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world.” Dubbed “Bocelli’s Music For Hope” concert, it will be streamed worldwide.

Audiences seeking a momentary reprieve from quarantine life and a unique way to mark Easter, can watch Bocelli’s performance on his YouTube page, beginning at 7 p.m. in Italy, which is 1 p.m. ET. While you don’t need to dress up in your Easter finery to watch, there’s no harm in it, either.

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