In a video shared by Italian newspaper La Stampa and translated by French outlet France 24, the opera singer, 61, confirmed to a group of journalists that both he and his family had experienced the novel coronavirus.

“My whole family was contaminated,” he said in an English translation. “We all had a fever – though thankfully not high ones – with sneezing and coughing.”

He continued, “I had to cancel concerts… It was like a nightmare because I felt like I was no longer in control of things. I was hoping to wake up at any moment.”
The video was taken outside of a hospital in Pisa where he and his wife donated their plasma for COVID-19 research. He tested positive for the virus in early March.