Easter during pandemic: Andrea Bocelli to sing live from empty Duomo cathedral

MILAN — As cathedrals around the world will be silent and empty on Easter Sunday, one historic location will be filled with the sound of music.

Andrea Bocelli will perform from an empty Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy. The concert will be available to livestream on YouTube, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Only a single musician will join the opera singer for his concert “Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope” -- Emanuele Vianelli, the cathedral’s organist.

Vinaelli will accompany Bocelli on spiritual songs like “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria.”

"This year, Easter will be very different for all of us. The joyous serenity that usually comes with this day has been greatly troubled by the pandemic we are experiencing. I am sure that the extraordinary voice of Bocelli will be the embrace we are missing these days, a strong, special hug, capable of warming the heart of Milan, Italy, and the world," Giuseppe Sala, Milan's mayor, said in a statement reported by Variety.

It will stream Sunday starting at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation kicked off a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for protective equipment for hospital workers needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Variety reported.

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