Tonight, a special performance at Milan’s iconic Duomo cathedral aims to bring the world a message of hope, love, and healing.
Although churches across the globe are conspicuously empty this Easter Sunday, Italy’s most hard-hit region has still found a way to celebrate the occasion. At the invitation of the City of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo—which has teamed up with Sugar Music, Universal Music Group, and Youtube for the event—one of Italy’s most celebrated tenors will be giving a solo performance titled “Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope” from Milan’s iconic Duomo cathedral at 7 p.m. Central European Time (1 a.m. Singapore time). Given the strict social distancing measures in place across Italy, there will be no live audience and no orchestra; the global music icon will be accompanied only by cathedral organist Emanuele Vianelli.
The solo show will be livestreamed exclusively on Bocelli’s Youtube channel and will feature a set list of beloved sacred music, including French Romantic composer Charles‐François Gounod’s immensely popular arrangement of Ave Maria, which superimposed an original melody over Bach’s Prelude No. 1; Gioachino Rossini’s Domine Deus; Panis Angelicus, part of a hymn written in the 13th century by Saint Thomas Aquinas; and Amazing Grace.
Bocelli, who is a devout Catholic, sees his performance as a prayer to be shared with millions of viewers around the world. “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,” the singer said in a statement. “It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth.”
For those of us in Asia, the timing after midnight may not be ideal, though readers in Hong Kong are in luck as Easter Monday is a public holiday. Don’t miss this one-off Easter concert if you’re planning to stay up late.