Comments on program order for this tour 2016:
Since the tour began a lot of people have been writing on Facebook or Twitter or other sites that they are upset with the changes in the program order for Il Volo. So I thought I would put in my 2 cents worth.
The first program sent out for the 2016 North American tour was a nice one but (as with all programs) some things were left out and some other things that did not work were put in. This is always a difficult judgement for the any single singer or group of singers. It is not easy. Also they need to ask if the song order is progressive: do you put a sad song before a happy or happy before sad. Do you put all slow songs together and all fast together ( the answer is “no” you mix it as best you can). Fast paced songs need to be spaced out. There needs to be a strong opener and strong closer. Where is the novelty number? Text is another concern. You want to avoid grouping certain types of texts. My point is that when they change things out it is for a good reason.
The old program had 25 songs (don’t count the overture) and that is about 2 hours and 20 minutes of music – of pure singing. Non-stop. That is a lot. But one of their great hits (Surrender) was missed on the road so they put it back in. In this new program order they have dropped three songs from the earlier program and added: “Surrender” which has been a big winner for them. I was surprised that they dropped “L’Amore si Muove” since that has been a strong number for them. Then they changed the order of Delilah and Caruso. This is better.
In Fact, I think the changes are good. They could not do all of their songs – that would take hours and their voices would be shot. It is a little shorter – but not much shorter. The song order makes better sense and is easier on the voices for the long haul. I am glad to see the duets kept. Good Variety. From my stand point this is a very good program order.
Il Volo concert program order – 2016 – North American Tour