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Andrea Bocelli captivates viewers with 'mesmerising' show from empty cathedral


Andrea Bocelli left viewers in tears during his powerful opera performance on Easter Sunday.

A whopping 3.4million people tuned in to watch his Music For Hope concert live as he performed from the empty Duomo di Milano, in Italy.

The 61-year-old Italian tenor captivated listeners around the globe after he was granted exclusive access to perform from the otherwise locked down building.

Andrea, who is blind, wore a black bow tie and suit as he performed mesmerising songs such as Ave Maria and Sancta Maria.

Speaking before the performance, Andrea explained that the performance marked a particularly powerful response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I received this invitation by the mayor of Milan and by the authorities of the church and of course I answered yes. I’m very happy to do this.

Andrea Bocelli’s Easter concert was watched by over 3 million people

“Also, it’s not a performance. It’s not a concert. It’s only a prayer.”

People who tuned in to listen to the magical show were utterly captivated by the emotionally-charged performance.

“This opening to Andrea Bocelli’s performance from the empty Duomo cathedral is a masterclass in storytelling. ‘We will hug this earth’s wounded heart’. Simple. Profound,” wrote one Twitter fan. 

Viewers said that Andrea’s performance was ‘mesmerising’

“Andrea Bocelli sang Amazing Grace just outside Duomo di Milano a few minutes ago. It was mesmerising,” wrote another.

Another posted: “One of the most powerful moments I’ve ever witnessed in my life: Andrea Bocelli singing Amazing Grace to an empty Duomo Cathedral plaza in Milan with a message of hope on Easter Sunday for all those affected globally by the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak #MusicForHope.”

Among the inspiring messages that were conjured as a result of the Music For Hope concert, there were also some thoughts from unlikely celebrity fans.

Andrea’s performance had a hopeful and inspiring message

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Among the star-studded viewers who were touched by the performance was Kim Kardashian, who shared the clip on her Twitter.

“A prayer for our world from @AndreaBocelli,” she wrote.

Actor Hugh Jackman also shared a thought after watching the performance, thanking Andrea for his “tremendous gift”.

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