Legendary Italian opera singer, Andrea Bocelli, live-streamed a special Easter performance yesterday, moving fans around the world to tears.
Andrea Bocelli performed a special Easter concert from an empty Duomo Cathedral in Milan yesterday. Streaming the Music for Hope performance online, millions of fans all across the globe tuned in to hear the world's most beloved tenor.
Invited to perform by the City of Milan, a statement released by Bocelli said:
"Celebrate #Easter, celebrate life, every day as if we were born again. Give value to every gesture, and lavish attention and care on our loved ones and our fellow man. Indeed, we want our fellow man – both those on the front lines who have been called upon to heal and protect us, and those who are suffering and fighting for their lives in this moment – to know that we stand with them."
Accompanied only by the Duomo's organist Emanuele Vianelli, Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of "love, healing and hope to Italy and the world".
Opening with Panis Angelicus from Messe Solennelle, he followed with renditions of Ave Maria, Sancta Maria and Domine Deus. However, it was his stunning rendition of John Newton's Amazing Grace that truly moved fans.
Thanking him for an "incredibly moving" performance, many have been quoting Celine Dion - agreeing with her in saying that "if God would have a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli."
You can watch the full Music for Hope performance here.