'Ave Maria' Andrea Bocelli Live Performance From Music For Hope Concert

'Ave Maria' Andrea Bocelli Live Performance From Music For Hope Concert

In a beautiful live performance, Andrea Bocelli sings ‘Ave Maria’ from the deserted Duomo di Milano during the Music For Hope concert.

The famous opera singer was granted exclusive access to the closed Milan cathedral. Along with Bocelli, the Duomo di Milano’s organist, Emanuele Vianelli, was there to play during the concert.

Amidst the news of COVID-19, this Easter Sunday concert seemed to rise above anything else that was going on that day. As people tuned in online, they were met with hope and inspiration as Bocelli used his amazing God-given talent to perform in the empty cathedral.

When the concert started, 2.8 million peak concurrent viewers tuned in, making it one of the biggest musical live stream performances of all-time and the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history.

Within the first 24 hours of Andrea Bocelli’s concert being online, the video received more than 28 million views from across the globe. As of now, a combined 35 million people worldwide have viewed the 30-minute concert online.

Later, Bocelli commented on the outcome of the Music For Hope concert. “I am moved and delighted to have received such an overwhelming reaction, that has gone beyond our highest expectations. For an artist, the event is the reason for the sacrifices of a lifetime; for a believer and a Catholic as I am, it was further confirmation of the benevolent smile with which the Heavenly Father looks to his children.”

The opera singer then went on to comment on the importance of prayer. “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.”

It is beautiful to see how this concert brought people together from around the world. More than ever, this is a time where music can bring comfort, hope, and unity to the world.

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