Millions watch Andrea Bocelli sing in empty Milan landmark

MILAN (AFP) – Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a solo concert from an empty Milan landmark streamed live to millions of people around the world in coronavirus lockdown.

The Music for Hope performance, which was streamed on YouTube from Milan’s Duomo, has been watched more than 22 million times so far. Accompanied by an organist, Bocelli sang four songs inside the magnificent Gothic building and ended with a rendition of Amazing Grace from the steps with a montage of images showing the empty streets of Paris, London and New York.

“On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honoured and happy to answer ‘Si’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan,” the visually impaired star said in a message played before the short concert. “Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart.”

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli sings during a rehearsal on a deserted Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on April 12. PHOTO: AFP