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'Have hope': Andrea Bocelli treats fans to intimate performance from his Tuscan home

The Italian singer performed a fan favourite as part of James Corden's online music event, Homefest

Andrea Bocelli performs 'Con Te Partiro' from home. YouTube / Screengrab
Andrea Bocelli performs 'Con Te Partiro' from home. YouTube / Screengrab

Andrea Bocelli is making hearts melt once again.

The celebrated Italian tenor delivered a touching rendition of his signature hit Con Te Partiro as part of a special Homefest episode of The Late Show with James Corden.

Broadcast on Monday evening in the US, the programme invited nearly a dozen artists to perform a song from the comfort of their own homes.

"We just wanted to bring some joy and some music into your home at what is without a question one of the strangest and scariest moments in all our lives," Corden said in the show's opening.

"This virus has brought us altogether. It's united us in something. This virus has shown that we are all equal, we are all simply human. This virus doesn't discriminate in any way."

While guests included big names such as the K-pop band BTS, recent Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and John Legend, it was Bocelli who won the internet with his elegant performance from his residence in Tuscany.

The performance was spliced with clips from the artist's home country, with videos of Italians clapping on their balconies to a paraglider flying the Italian flag.

This is not the first time Bocelli has streamed from home during the coronavirus pandemic. On March 13, he posted a small impromptu performance of Beethoven’s Ich Liebe Dich on Instagram, featuring his 8-year-old daughter Virginia backing him on the keyboard.

The singer told Corden that the pandemic, which has left Italy in virtual lockdown, has still brought people together.

"We are here altogether. Sometimes it's nice and sometimes it's boring but we must do it," Bocelli said in the show, according to Billboard.

He also urged his fellow Italians to stay positive, saying: "Have hope and to be sure that soon everything will be finished."

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Updated: March 31, 2020 06:43 PM

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