Perhaps not all of you know that Michele Torpedine, the manager of IL VOLO has written a book, which is titled RICOMINCIO DAI TRE (I start again from the three ). In this book he talks about his career as a manager and all the artists he brought to success, their gratitude but often ingratitude, until he talks about Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio.
This book was withdrawn from bookstores, but one of my Volo-friends had already bought it and so she photocopied it for me.
I will translate for you some passages concerning IL VOLO.
The first time I saw them I was at home sitting on the couch talking on the phone with Tony Renis. I was watching TV, but without volume. I had tuned in on the program by Antonella Clerici in which young performers sang: TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, broadcast by the Ariston of Sanremo. I only looked, and imagined.
I did not need to listen.
Then these three boys of fourteen or fifteen appear. I see them, I still do not hear the voice, but already they reminded me of the three tenors: Ignazio as huge as Pavarotti, Gianluca a little like Josè Carreras, Piero more difficult to associate with Palcido Domingo, but you could try.
The growing curiosity pushes me to turn up the volume. And here I realize another element, even more important than the first: the three, casually put together to sing a song of the program, possess an incredible vocality for the age they have.
Of course they are good, those guys, I repeat to myself. And if I tried to put them together really? A trio, here’s what I could do.
The next day I am a volcano. I want to talk with everyone: producers, managers, families.
After meeting with Tony Renis I call Roberto Cenci, the artistic director and director of the program – who had the intuition to let them sing a song together – and I ask, the addresses of the three boys.
So another great story started, a new story at a time when it seemed to me there was no future for me: a breath of oxygen in my environment.
After years of disappointments, loss of confidence and lack of gratitude or denial, with Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca I rediscover the values of correctness, gratitude, esteem.
They, the boys of IL VOLO, give me trust, first of all, the administration of a world tour, with important amounts to move, on which I could take what I want if I were dishonest.
Trust is theirs, but also that of the parents, to whom I have committed myself to teach everything, the mechanisms, the things that move, the relationships. All.
Today I do not talk to three guys with incredible voices, I compare with three men of just over twenty years who have made international experiences that 99.99% of our Italian stars do not even imagine, because they have never crossed the borders of Bel Country.
These three “guys” (I continue to call them that), have very clear ideas and I have never seen them impressed in front of audiences that many would shake their wrists.
Never heard a smear of voice or a wrong attack, and if some inconvenience has risked making it happen, wisely have been able to file the problem at the origin: extraordinary, always. Their voices grow with them, mature, take on body and soul.
There is no other team or artistic team so complete.
UN GRANDE AMORE, A GREAT LOVE .
If I had to define the story of IL VOLO with a dominant feeling, I would call it that.
Many have arrogated the merit of the success of the three boys, which is certainly the result of a great teamwork, but it is above all the result of intelligence, humility and generosity of the three families who have not only never hindered my work as manager, but were supportive in the best way: Ercole and Lenora Ginoble parents of Gianluca, Vito and Caterina Boschetto father and mother of Ignazio, and Gaetano and Eleonora Barone who gave life to Piero.
Credit to all owners of photos.