Italian tenor Bocelli to sing on Easter from empty Milan Cathedral

Above, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performs in concert at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2017 in New York City. Bocelli will sing on Easter Sunday in a presentation from Milan Cathedral. (Getty Images via AFP)
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Updated 07 April 2020

Italian tenor Bocelli to sing on Easter from empty Milan Cathedral

  • Famous singer would ‘offer his voice to the whole world’
  • Churches in Italy remain closed and even the prayer to be given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday will be live streamed

MILAN: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing on Easter Sunday in a presentation from Milan Cathedral to be streamed online, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.
“At 7 o’clock, in an empty Duomo, he will present a few pages of sacred music,” Mayor Giuseppe Sala said in his daily Facebook message, saying the famous singer would “offer his voice to the whole world.”
The region of Lombardy, of which Milan is the capital, has been the hardest hit in Italy’s coronavirus crisis, with more than 9,000 deaths.

Bocelli’s broadcast from the gothic Duomo will be accessible on YouTube, wrote Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
“This won’t be a concert,” said Bocelli, in an interview published in the paper. “It will rather be an opportunity to pray together.”
“We will concentrate all our energy to give courage and confidence to this marvellous city,” Bocelli said. “A prayer then, for Milan and for the world, in front of an absolutely painful, tragic and unsettling event.”
Churches in Italy remain closed and even the prayer to be given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday will be live streamed.


Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
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Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

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The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.