THEIR DEDICATION–OUR PRIDE
It’s doubtful that anyone would question the dedication that the men of Il Volo have to their craft. They have told us that music is their life, and that they aren’t in it for the money or the fame, but rather to bring the bel canto music, which is so close to their hearts, to the world. That, coming from some of the singers of today, would be questionable, but knowing the integrity of these young men, it is totally believable.
At the beginning Michele Torpedine, who was in on the discovery of the amazing talent of these three boys, said, “They are three very willing individuals who work really hard. They are willing to face any type of sacrifice, because they want to make it.”
It’s not only amazing that Mr. Torpedine could recognize the boy’s intense drive to fulfill their mission, but also that they set that ambitious goal for themselves at that time in their lives. They seem to have known from very early ages that their destinies were tied to being what they called “singers”– a term that seems too simplistic for what they have achieved.
Gianluca might well have been speaking for all of them when he said recently, “Singing is my life…my vocation. It is one thing to want to do it, and another thing is because it is my destiny.”
These guys are serious about their craft. They aren’t satisfied to coast along with what they have achieved so far. Knowing that although their voices had begun to mature when they were very young, it was clear to them that it was necessary to continue working with their voice coach to develop their full potential as their voices continued to mature. It would have been so easy to think, “I’m good enough,” or “I’m too busy with my hectic schedule,” or “The fans love me, why should I keep on studying.” Not these guys. They aren’t satisfied with anything less than the best they can be.
There have been sacrifices to be sure! They gave up the kind of “growing up” experiences that most teenage boys have, not only to put in long days of practice and rehearsal, but also to leave their families for long periods of time to travel all over the world. Piero said that they seemed to “live on airplanes.”
Gianluca describes this lifestyle, “Musicians and singers are undoubtedly among the most strong, persistent, and courageous on the face of the earth. Every day they deal with the financial challenge to live a life freelance. With every note they expose themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and reviews. Musicians and singers are willing to give their whole life to a single moment, to the melody, in that sentence that will touch the soul of the public. At that moment they are closer to God and perfection, and in t heir hearts they know that to them that moment is worth more than a thousand lifetimes.”
While humble about the recognition they have received, and the adoration of their fans, they are devoted to bringing a sense of pride to their craft. They respect the responsibility of being representatives of quality in music. They show this in the way they present themselves to the public. They are always ready and willing to participate in charitable activities and community events.
Each has been honored by his hometown, being named “ambassadors to the world,” representing their communities and recognized for their excellence in music at the international level and expressing through music the love of their homeland.
Piero sums it up this way: “I think a life spending for the music is a life spent in beauty, and that is what I have dedicated my life. We’ve been so lucky because first of all we have the voice, thanks to God, because it is a gift from God. And then because we have beautiful families, and because we are doing what we love. It’s hard, what we are doing, really hard, because we travel all over the world, but we’re doing this with love.”
Ignazio adds: “We are still not realize what happened, and maybe we gotta say thanks to all the people who are working with us, because we are living like a dream.”
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca……
That dream IS real,
You’re living it with gusto and finesse.
And we have watched you fondly,
So proud of your success.
You’ve let us go along with you
On that grand and glorious ride.
And all along the way it’s been
YOUR DEDICATION AND OUR PRIDE!
~ IV❤ Mary