Since the beginning of the health crisis in Italy, Andrea Bocelli is on the front of the stage. In mid-may, the famous Italian tenor announced to have been contaminated at the beginning of march by the Covid-19 under a mild form, evoking in spite of everything " a nightmare ". "My experience with the coronavirus ? A tragedy, we all have been contaminated in the family, with fever, even if she was not strong, coughing and sneezing, " he said in front of the press.
The first wave passed, he spoke before the press at the hospital in Pisa with his wife, to give their plasma for research on the Covid-19. He had, some weeks earlier, lighted the containment of millions of Italians on the occasion of the Easter Sunday when, alone, he sang in the Duomo of Milan entirely empty several tunes of sacred music, including Ave Maria by Charles Gounod or the Santa Maria by Pietro Mascagni, before concluding with the canticle christian Amazing Grace.
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in the early stages of déconfinement, Andrea Bocelli has been very critical of the measures that are deemed "too alarmist" face of the epidemic. Monday, July 27th, the Italian tenor has been further, and as noted by Le Figaro. At a conference entitled " Covid-19 in Italy, between information, science, and rights ", in the Italian Senate, in front of a Matteo Salvini without a mask, Andrea Bocelli said : "there have been moments where I say to myself detaching of any board policy, I felt humiliated and offended. When I heard I was to be deprived of the freedom to leave home, without having committed crime, I was offended. I would like to publicly confess that I have sometimes disobeyed voluntarily to this ban because I couldn't just, or even beneficial, to stay at home ".
These statements have caused a scandal throughout Italy. Sometimes called a "holocaust denier" of the Covid-19, the tenor was all the more humbled the Italians that it was until then the emblem of a united country in the face of the crisis, inviting in the month of march on his countrymen to respect the rules and to listen to the specialists, multiplying the videos on success, singing at her window during the confinement.
"I was misunderstood"
The rapper Italian Fedez, who had just participated in the operation in duet with the tenor, has criticized this speech. "If you don't know anyone who has been in intensive therapy and that you allow yourself to create the doubt that the pandemic could be science fiction, I present to you one of my friends who, because of the Covid, has undergone a transplant of the lungs in 18 years," he wrote on Twitter, accompanying his message of a photo.
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in the Face of controversy, the opera singer 61-year-old was keen to calm the situation. "Since the first day I got involved with the foundation that bears my name to help people in difficulty due to the virus," he says. Today in the Senate I have been misunderstood. I am not a holocaust denier, I'm an optimist and I leave there with a prayer. "