Andrea Bocelli delivered a special Easter Sunday performance during an unprecedented time, and the special concert was aired via livestream.
The livestream peaked at more than 2.8 million concurrent viewers. This set the all-time record for the largest simultaneous audience for a classical livestream on YouTube. If that is not impressive enough, it was also one of the all-time largest livestream performances, period.
All in, the video was viewed more than 35 million times, including a mind-boggling 28 million views in the first 24 hours.
Bocelli was invited by Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala to perform at the Duomo Cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday.
“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,” Bocelli said in a statement.
“We will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride,” he continued. “It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration, which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth.”
Sala expressed joy that Bocelli accepted the city’s invitation.
“This year, Easter will be very different for all of us,” the mayor expressed. “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.”
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