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.
“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.
“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.
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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