Just watched all the, as yet available, videos of the concert last night. As with everyone else, I cried, and I cried, right along with my feelings of pride and joy. Piero was in his element, and with his idol standing right beside him. What more could you ask for; but the stress of not blowing it had to be enormous. Ignazio,Ignazio surprised us a little earlier in their North American tour by singing an Aria in duet with Piero. As usual, he did himself proud then, and now he has further extended those abilities, to our delight, of course. Had to smile watching him though, he was having a real fight with himself, when he wasn’t singing, trying to stand still in this particular musical environment. Poor guy! He, of course was wonderful in spite of the dictated expectations. Proud of you Ignazio, now go and find something to jump off of, or mess up your beautiful hair and scream! It’s okay, really! And now Gianluca… I have to admit I wondered how he would handle this genre. Gianluca is somewhat the chameleon of the three, in my opinion; but he never disappoints when a challenge arises. He has this sexy, suave, debonair persona about him, that lends itself easily to the romantic crooners of the past. His voice can be enticing, to be sure, but he can also sing with great passion and fire. Opera, however, may be the ultimate of those challenges. In hearing him last night, he certainly met that challenge, and did it with his usual grace, and dedication. He was absolutely wonderful!Amazing! This vocal transformation reminds me of Sinatra, in particular, because of a video I saw not long ago of Frank singing opera with Kathryn Grayson in a duet from Don Giovanni in the 1947 film “IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN”. ( FRANK sings OPERA ) you tube. Uncanny coincidence, to say the least!
It was a magnificent job from all three of our guys, but what would you expect? Don’t forget we’re talking about Il Volo here, there is none better!