Bocelli will perform songs like “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria” during the performance.

By Andrea Romano
April 09, 2020
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If you can’t go out for Easter service, you can still ring in the holiday at home.

According to Variety, legendary opera singer Andrea Bocelli will be doing a live performance from the Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Although the cathedral will be empty due to quarantine measures in place to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, anyone can still enjoy the performance via a livestream on YouTube.

The performance is called “Bocelli: Music for Hope,” since it is a concert in honor of not only Easter but also to raise the spirits of people who have been affected by the global pandemic, especially in Italy, where Bocelli is from, Variety reported.

Bocelli will be singing iconic religious songs like “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria” with accompaniment from cathedral organist Emanuele Vianelli, according to Variety. The concert itself is in partnership with the city of Milan.

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“I am happy Andrea has accepted our invitation. This year, Easter will be very different for all of us,” said Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, in a statement, according to Variety. “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.”

“I believe in the strength of praying together,” Bocelli said in a statement, Variety reported. “I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone – whether they are believers or not – truly needs right now.”

The concert will stream live on YouTube at 7 p.m., local time in Milan, Italy. This means, in the U.S., the livestream will begin at 1 p.m. ET. The livestream will be available directly on Bocelli’s own YouTube channel. You can also set a reminder on YouTube so you don’t miss the live performance.

But besides the moral support, Bocelli’s foundation (the Andrea Bocelli Foundation) has also set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist Italy’s hospitals and medical staff.