Andrea Bocelli, the famed Italian opera singer, will live-stream a very special Easter Sunday concert from a quarantined Milan.
Italy, one of the worst hit countries from the current coronavirus pandemic, has been desperately fighting against the disease as its death toll surpasses any other country on the globe.
With Italians defiantly attempting to stick together during this crisis, Bocelli will take to the historic Duomo cathedral on April 12th to deliver what is being described as the ‘Music for Hope’ concert which will be streamed through the singer’s YouTube channel.
The show will be made up “carefully selected pieces, specially arranged for solo voice and organ for the occasion” as Bocelli attempts to offer a glimpse of hope for all those struggling with quarantine life.
“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,” Bocelli said in a press release. “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.”
Mayor of Milan, Guiseppe Sala, commented: “I am happy Andrea has accepted our invitation. This year, Easter will be very different for all of us. The joyous serenity that usually comes with this day, has been greatly troubled by the pandemic we are experiencing.
“I am sure that the extraordinary voice of Bocelli will be the embrace we are missing these days, a strong, special hug, capable of warming the heart of Milan, Italy and the world.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 7th, more than 1,414,710 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 81,248 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.