By Arianna Caracciolo
Andrea Bocelli, the italian tenor’s concert , heard by 2.7 million viewers live on YouTube that we saw on April 12 – inside the deserted Milan Cathedral – ended on the notes of ‘Amazing Grace’, the only song sung outside the Cathedral. A prayer with millions of voices, a collective hug to all the great capitals of the world in lockdown for the coronavirus that arrives from the Duomo of Milan through the singing of Andrea Bocelli. The message of hope of the words of the song (“Through many dangers, pitfalls and labors I passed / Grace has led me safely to here / and Grace will lead me home”) is accompanied by images of the deserted streets of Paris, London and New York, some of the capitals most affected by covid19. Below the YouTube video of Andrea Bocelli: Amazing Grace – Music For Hope (Live From Duomo di Milano) – including new footage from our world’s silent cities. From Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Sunday performance on April 12th 2020 from the Duomo Cathedral, Milan.
Watch the full event here : https://AndreaBocelli.lnk.to/LiveFrom…
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The event is promoted by the City of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, produced by Sugar Music, Universal Music Group and Decca Records. Here the full video on YouTube.
A VOICE, A MYTH
Tuscan, like Puccini and Mascagni, Andrea Bocelli was born on 22 September 1958 on the family farm in Lajatico, among the vineyards of the Pisan countryside. Parents deserve to have encouraged his talent, bringing him to the piano since the age of six. The passion extends to the transverse flute and sax, but it is in the voice that he discovers the ideal instrument. And here begins the training course of the star Bocelli, tenor “modern but old-fashioned” (as he himself likes to define himself).
In 1970, the first victory in a singing competition, interpreting “O sole mio“. After studying with Luciano Bettarini, Bocelli approaches Franco Corelli, an artist towards whom he has a real reverence. To pay for the lessons, Andrea plays on the premises, and in the meantime cultivates a humanistic culture and graduates in Law. Just in the period that sees him take off in pop music, discovered by Caterina Caselli and his label “Sugar“, the tenor has the opportunity to debut on the opera scene, in 1994, in a Verdi Macbeth (role of Macduff) directed by Claudio Desderi. It is the beginning of a dazzling ascent, Bocelli finds the stage, indeed the stage finds Bocelli, and will never leave him.
The public all over the world loves it: 80 million records sold, in its first twenty years of career, testify to it. n 1988 Bocelli entered the Guinness Book of Records, simultaneously conquering first, second and third positions in the American classical music charts. At the Classic Brit Awards 2012 ceremony, he is awarded – by the hands of composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber – the International Artist of The Year award. Bocelli is honorary president of the “Il Teatro del Silenzio” project and co-creator of the show that takes place once a year, in the suggestive open-air amphitheater of Lajatico, in Tuscany. Where, among the guest artists, Placido Domingo, Josè Carreras, Lang Lang, Laura Pausini, David Foster, Sara Brightman, Zucchero Fornaciari, Heather Headley, Noa, Roberto Bolle, Nicola Piovani performed alongside Andrea.
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