Andrea Bocelli sings "Panis Angelicus" for an end to world hunger

February 11, 2011. Andrea Bocelli, one of the most famous opera singers in the world, treated Romans to an aria, in an effort to end world hunger. With Turin's Laboratory of Sound Choir in the backdrop, he lifted his voice in singing "Panis Angelicus" which means angelic bread. The concert was attended by some of the nation's top politicians, like the leader of Italy's Chamber of Deputies Gianfranco Fini. The event was in honor of a campaign organized by Sermig, a non-profit organization based in Northern Italy, whose aim among other things is ending hunger.

Its founder Ernesto Olivero, a former banker, says in a globalized society, about 100,000 people die of hunger each day.

Ernesto Olivero
Founder, Sermig
"We've been able to really help millions of people in the world and we are not a lot of people."

Sermig, which has humanitarian aid missions in 89 countries worldwide, also helps those living in slavery, suffering from sexual abuse and the negative effects of war.

Ernesto Olivero
Founder, Sermig
"I think that coming to Turin and seeing an arms factory, a factory that resulted in the death of a lot of people, transformed into an arsenal of peace, in a place where people can find a way out of the mafia, out of dangerous circles, where young people are learning to really love, every day we help thousands of people and I think that the heart will help us through prayer, through donations and attitudes."

The campaign, "Share the Daily Bread" is an enduring struggle, as every ten days the amount of people in the world that die due to hunger is equal to the population of a large city like Detroit, Michigan.
Panis angelicus is the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris solemniis written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the Feast including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for voice (tenor), harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix Opus 12.
The phenomenon whereby the strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" is often treated as a separate hymn has occurred also with other hymns that Thomas Aquinas wrote for Corpus Christi: Verbum supernum prodiens (the last two strophes begin with "O salutaris Hostia") and Pange lingua gloriosi (the last two strophes begin with "Tantum ergo", in which case the word ergo ["therefore"] makes evident that this part is the continuation of a longer hymn).
The 1932 performance of Franck's work by John McCormack in Dublin's Phoenix Park became the highlight of his career. Noteworthy renditions have also been performed by tenors Luciano Pavarotti (alone, with his father, and in company of Sting), Plácido Domingo, Richard Crooks, Donald Braswell II and Roberto Alagna, as well as by the sopranos Magda Olivero, Charlotte Church, Renata Scotto, Gloria Martin, and Chloë Agnew (with Celtic Woman). This work was performed by Richard Tucker at the funeral mass of United States Senator and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy on June 8, 1968 as well as by Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma at the funeral mass for his brother Senator Edward Kennedy on August 29, 2009, televised nationally in the USA.The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber recorded it on the 1998 album Cello Moods.
Latin text An English translation
Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis coelicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus et humilis.
Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.
The angelic bread
becomes the bread of men;
The heavenly bread
ends all prefigurations:
What wonder!
The Lord is eaten
by a poor and humble servant.
Triune God,
We beg of you:
visit us,
just as we worship you.
By your ways,
lead us where we are heading,
to the light in which you dwell.

Title Views / likes Duration
Andrea Bocelli - Panis Angelicus - November 2009 - Live  -  03:30 30016 / 75 03:30
Placido Domingo - Panis Angelicus - 1977  -  10:14 90253 / 333 10:14
José Carreras Panis Angelicus  -  03:59 241012 / 350 03:59
Panis Angelicus  -  04:14 938742 / 2642 04:14
André Rieu - Panis Angelicus  -  04:46 2585239 / 9550 04:46
Andrea bocelli  -  01:03 2551 / 8 01:03
José Carreras - Ave Maria (Schubert)  -  04:29 344812 / 1493 04:29
Panis Angelicus - Pavarotti Father & Son Duet  -  01:53 728977 / 2388 01:53
Placido Domingo sings Panis angelicus and Ave Maria  -  09:01 670583 / 1474 09:01
Placido Domingo performs the "Panis Angelicus" at papal Mass  -  04:33 161105 / 323 04:33