“It Was Worth Every Cent” Isabel in Cleveland

 Isabel’s review for the the concert that was at the State Theatre on Playhouse Square on Wednesday, 02/24.

 photo was taken from my seat as the orchestra was "tuning up."
photo was taken from my seat as the orchestra was “tuning up.”

Before I begin my narrative, I just have to say that I cannot believe how seriously I lucked out from the beginning of the evening to the end. I saved for months to buy the VIP package and it was worth every cent and more! The theater was gorgeous and all of the volunteers, event staff, and security were kind and helpful. I had a PERFECT seat, 15 rows from the stage and dead-center so I had a wonderful view of everything. I was so jittery as I sat and waited and I could feel my heart pounding faster and faster as time passed. The band and orchestra started to play and that was when I started the smiling that would last all night. When Gianluca first appeared, silhouetted in light and smoke, I gasped a little, I’ll admit it. Then he started to sing and I nearly burst into tears. I have been an ilvolover for almost exactly 4 years now, and after all of the hoping, dreaming, wishing, the endless loops of youtube videos, the whistful sighing to myself, all of the working and saving that I did, I was actually there! I was in the same room as them, and I was seeing them with my own eyes instead of through a screen. I was hearing those spectacular voices with my own ears, not through someone else’s recording. It was a literal dream come true for me to be there. Now, I will add a disclaimer here, I am a little bit of a fangirl, and yes, I am also a little extra bit fond of Piero. Don’t judge me for it! The opening number was “Volare” and it was nearly impossible to resist the urge to get up and dance. Then came “Il Mondo” and I just had so many memories of trying to memorize that song four years ago. The sound balance seemed a tiny bit off in the beginning but that was soon adjusted. They spoke for a little after that, mentioning that it had been a while since they had been to Ohio and wondering what we thought of the latest PBS Special. Then they sang “Io Che Non Vivo” and now you will understand my disclaimer. Being as close to the stage as I was, I knew that there was a chance I might be seen, so when he was looking my way, I smiled and raised a finger-heart to Piero, hoping but not really believing that he might see me in the crowd.

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 He did see me though! The reason I know that is because he smiled at me, pointed, and made one for me!! I cannot properly put into words how much that gesture meant to me and will mean to me forever. Someone who has been such an immeasurable inspiration to me and who I admire so much, noticed me and made me feel like I was special, that I meant something too. I cannot describe how happy I was……

Now, I will keep from repeating every single detail of the concert itself for fear of being boring and I also don’t want to spoil everything for everyone who is still waiting for their concert to come around. I will say that I cried several times, especially during Caruso. Gianluca and Ignazio sang “Unchained Melody” together as usual and at Gianluca’s prompting, Ignazio dedicated it to his love of exactly three months. The entire audience melted through that intro! I made another heart for Piero later on in the concert and he responded in kind again! Something else that was extremely special for me was “O Sole Mio.” That was the song that introduced me to Il Volo, watching them perform it on the Il Volo Takes Flight PBS Special. It also introduced me to Piero and that incomparable voice of his. I remember watching him stand on a seat in the middle of the audience and hold an impossible note and from that moment on I was done for. I couldn’t believe that four years later, I was watching as he jumped off the stage and asked a young girl to borrow her seat and he stood up in the middle of the crowd, about 6 or 7 rows away from me, and held out that impossible note once again! It was truly a dream come true for me to be there……

And then came the Meet & Greet. I am miserably broke college student and so I was not able to get them any gifts. I just stood in that line and my heart was racing, I couldn’t stand still, it felt like what was coming couldn’t even be real! Then it was very suddenly my turn and then my memory goes a little fuzzy because I was just so excited. I hugged each one of them, I know that for sure! Ignazio was first, and I had to stand on my tip-toes a little! Piero remembered me because when I stepped over he asked if I was the one in the center! After I hugged Gianluca, he was admiring my red coat and he told me that he really liked it! All three of them were so kind and so sweet and I couldn’t think clearly enough to say anything coherent! Piero did ask my name and how old I was at different points, and he even said my name, which sounds very silly and fangirl-y of me to say but I just felt so special! I tried to thank them for everything as I left. I told them, “Thank you for giving me so much hope, hope to keep trying.” I wanted to say so much more! They give me hope to keep trying, to keep dreaming, to keep believing in myself. I  had so much I wanted to tell them and thank them for but I felt like I had taken too much time already! Ignazio said that I was “so sweet,” and given that he is one of the sweetest people ever, few compliments could compare! Piero said, “We will see you again” to which Gianluca added “soon” and I almost started to cry again because the chances of me seeing them again anytime soon are basically 0 and I even after that, the chances are remote. I am not sad though by any means.

I had the most magical experience, a real dream come true. It was the best night of my life and I have the incredible members of Il Volo themselves, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble to thank for that! I am so grateful that I had such an incredible experience and the memories are something that I will treasure forever and ever!

Thank You for Reading! 


28 thoughts on ““It Was Worth Every Cent” Isabel in Cleveland”

  1. So happy for you. You expressed for all of us the love and special feelings we hold for the boys. Each of us for our own reasons but together we make a great support group for Il Volo.

  2. WoW!!! What a story, I canand now have only tell you how happy I am for you that you had such an amazing experience, I saw them in Canada on Feb.7th with my Daughter and Granddaughter and also was able to do the M&G, and now I have such great memories, hope we can get to see them again, thanks for sharing your story.

  3. This was so beautiful Isabel and I am so happy you were able to see them in person and that was truly a wonderful experience. Just having Piero respond back to you with a heart not once but twice was fantastic. I have to agree with you on Piero standing on the seat in their first PBS special. That pretty much did it for me and I loved seeing him do it again in Easton. Not only are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca the best singers, they are the most lovely human beings.

  4. Oh Isabel what a wonderful and enthusiastic review. I am also a huge Piero fan, and I remember so well the O Sole Mio from the Take Flight. How exciting for you to do a Meet and Greet. I have been to several concerts but not MG. And you are still so young, you will have many more years of Il Volk in your life.

  5. Isabel –
    This is such a great story and you have me in tears.
    I can feel your joy in every word you wrote. It is so true that they can make you feel very special and that they are so inspirational. I am so happy that you got to go to the concert. Start saving for the next one now. I’m sure they will be back soon!!

  6. Isabel, I’m so happy you had a beautiful experience and yes, it is something that stay with you forever. My M&G was almost 3 years ago. Gianluca was 18 Ignazio was almost 19 and Piero was still 19. All were very young and still very shy. They were so sweet and Ignazio said to my sister and I, ,”you guys were in the front row and were very loud. Thank you for coming”. It was wonderful. Got a big hug from each if them.
    Recently, in June of last year, my sister and I were in Cabo San Lucas and on our way to the airport to come home, I left my IL VOLO tote bag in the back seat of the taxi. I was devasted. I will another souvenir in Las Vegas. We all share this incredible love for these incredible youngmen. They have made my life more joyful. Their music stays in my head all day and even before falling in deep slumber, I hear their beautiful voices in my head. That’s adoration. Thank you Isabel for sharing your UNFORGETABLE evening with us. So happy for you.

    1. Such a loving, touching report, Isabel. You are so blessed to get to know these great guys when you are young enough to be able to follow them into the wonderful things that their future holds.

  7. Isabel, your story is wonderful! I am a very old “fangirl” and may I say that there are certain feelings that do not change with age! I get to go to my first concert/M &G this month! Keep saving, keep hoping, your day will come again!! I be on 2nd row center and will try to remember to do the “heart” thing!♡♡♡

  8. Thank you Isabel for your beautiful description of your dream come true It is lovely.

    Jan Bolin

  9. Isabel, THANK YOU for your beautiful expression of love and appreciation! I feel all the same things when at a concert, but have never been able to do a Meet and Greet (still hoping to, though). You WILL see them again, I am sure … because you love so much it will happen! What beautiful memories you have until then! God bless you and good luck with your future!!! ❤️

  10. Isabel,
    I am so happy for you that you had such a wonderful experience. The fact that you’re of college age and that you can be so emotionally touched proves that the appeal that these guys have is universal and profound. Do not apologize for being a “fangirl” – we should make no excuses for spending time with someone that brings so much joy to our lives. As I have said previously, do not consider your concert and M&G as a climax which will outshine every other Il Volo experience from this point on; treat it as an anchor point which you will use to weave the sights and sounds of these brilliant artists throughout the rest of your life!

  11. Hey Isabel sounds like you had a dream come true night I bet you are still on cloud nine. You writing was incredible you made me feel as if I was there with you. and I know exactly how you feel about Piero cause I feel the same way even though I’m a lot older than both of you. Congrats on your wonderful night and thank you for sharing it with us.

  12. Beautifully said, Sweet Isabel. What a wonderful experience you have to treasure always. I know this day was great, but I think the “best day of your life” hasn’t happened yet. Keep up the vigil. Relish in the love you feel now. You’re certainly not finished yet! I feel sure many more amazing contacts with them will come for you. “Believe in miracles. Believe in endless possibilities.”

    Thank you for sharing such a precious time.

    1. You’re making me blush over here! I had a fabulous night and I will most definitely treasure it. The three of them help me to continue to hope and believe! 🙂 Thank you for sharing my story!

  13. Isabel, I am so happy that you finally got to attend an Il Volo concert and meet those incredible young men. Although I’ve been blessed to hear them live and meet them a number of times, each time holds as much excitement as the first. God bless you as you continue your studies.

    1. Thank you so much! It can be……interesting balancing school and work and other things all at the same time but it is a challenge that I am up for. I really appreciate your kind words!

  14. Wonderful, Isabel! We’ve missed your voice here! So glad you were able to go to a concert and a M & G! The memories will keep a smile on your face for a long, long time–until you get to go again!

  15. I could feel your excitement as I read of your experience, Isabel. And it cranked up my excitement waiting for the FanFaire in Vegas! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  16. What a lovely write up Isabel, thank you so much.These guys do such wonderful things to our hearts, they are truly unique and very special.

  17. What a beautiful nite, Isabel!!! So happy that you enjoyed a concert & the M&G!!! We all feel transported to an enchanted world of music at a concert! You feel surrounded by joy, love & happiness!!! Piero will not forget you! I don’t know how they remember all of us but they remember!!! Thank you for sharing what is in your heart! Grande Amore a Tutti!!!

  18. So, dear, sweet Isabel – why did you resist the urge to stand up and dance? 🙂 Stand, cheer, scream for the guys! The worst that can happen is that security will make you sit down! So glad you enjoyed your first live experience – you will have many more to come!

    1. I had to stay in my seat for two reasons. 1) I didn’t want to block the view of those sitting behind me. 2) I wasn’t even sure if my legs would hold me at that point, I was too excited!

      I am looking forward to some day hearing and seeing them again live!

  19. Thank you all of you for all of your kind words! Reading back over what I wrote, I would like to add the disclaimer that it was past midnight after the concert when I wrote that. I don’t repeat myself every other sentence and use that many exclamation points in real life, I promise!

    I meant to say that it was the best night of my life SO FAR and the nearly-crying-at-the-end thing was mostly because, getting to experience all that again? It felt like too much to think about right then! I promise I don’t repeat myself every other sentence! 😉

    I certainly hope I will have the chance to see them again soon, hopefully several times before I am done with my studies. It already almost seems like what happened was a lovely dream, so I will just have to go see them again to refresh my memory of the reality…

    Thank you again each of you for your kind words and wishes and I’m so glad that my little story was able to make a few people smile!

  20. Isabel that was beautiful!!! What you saw I saw, what you heard that night, those beautiful voices singing I heard also. I was a couple of seats ahead of you and enjoyed just like you. I too hope to see them again. Someday. We all love them!

  21. ISABEL!!!!! Oh how I have missed seeing you! My pirate ship misses you too!. My parrot Igor whistles and says “Isabel, where’d she go, where’d she go?”
    I am thrilled to read you finally got to go and you scored a M& G too! You must have really sacrificed to pile up the loot it took to do that! ( I know what poor college students go through!) I’m not the least bit surprised that Piero spotted you and your heart TWICE! He has a sharp eye for young college age lasses!! I tell you if they do Volare in San Diego when I go, this old lady with her bone-on-bone knees will get up and MOVE to that wonderful beat and those gorgeous men!. You just go ahead and do that too next time. I have no doubt in my mind that there will be a next time for you too! You’ll still be able to rock out to Il Volo long after most of us are gone and watching from heaven… well maybe someone (COUGH*marie*COUGH) might be from a lower perspective but we oldsters will be still watching while you youngsters can still collect hugs and kisses.
    Good to see you back Isabel.

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