Italian tenor Bocelli to offer Easter 'prayer' in empty Milan cathedral
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing to a Milan cathedral bare of worshippers on Easter Sunday, hoping to bring together people isolated during the coronavirus lockdown in a live-streamed broadcast he said would not be a concert but a prayer.
Bocelli, one of the world’s most famous tenors, with a wide appeal outside the traditional opera world, said the Easter event would not be a concert in the normal sense. “The Duomo will be completely empty. This, on its own, already makes the situation abnormal,” he told Reuters in an interview by Skype. “But in this case, and I repeat, as this won’t be a concert and it won’t be a performance, it will be a prayer and as a consequence, it will not be important who is present physically but rather who wants to be with me spiritually at that moment.”
Bocelli will be accompanied only by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli, playing one of the world’s largest pipe organs and performing a repertoire of sacred works including Pietro Mascagni’s Sancta Maria. 14 April 2020