The livestream announcement accompanies the release of Bocelli’s new album Believe, a collection of songs that have inspired the opera singer.
Co-produced by Steven Mercurio and Haydn Bendall, Believe dropped at midnight and includes duets with Cecilia Bartoli and Alison Krauss, and a previously unreleased track from the late master Italian composer Ennio Morricone.
“The concept behind Believe is based on three words: faith, hope and charity,” comment Bocelli in a statement. “These are the three theological virtues of Christianity, yet – quite independently of any religious belief – they are also the three extraordinary keys to giving meaning and completeness to the lives of every one of us.”
Also appearing on the album is a new version of “Amazing Grace” featuring country star Krauss, the official music video for which arrives Friday.
Bocelli’s Easter concert at Duomo di Milano was one of the biggest musical livestream performances of all-time, let alone one starring a classical singer.
The Music For Hope video notched than 28 million views from across the globe in its first 24 hours, and pulled in 3 million peak concurrent viewers, the largest simultaneous audience for a classical livestream in YouTube history.
Tickets for Believe in Christmas can be purchased here from Nov. 20. The special is promoted and produced by Driift, the U.K.-based livestream specialist behind events for Nick Cave, Niall Horan, Laura Marling, Dermot Kennedy, Biffy Clyro and James Bay.
Stream Believe below.