A few days ago the news was published that on 11 June, Il Volo would sing the Italian anthem at the start of the Moto GP.
“The very famous Il Volo trio will open the race on Sunday 11 June for the Mugello Grand Prix.
The group made up of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble will perform for the first time on the Tuscan circuit, in a show crowned by the passage of the Frecce Tricolori, just before the start of the MotoGP race at 2pm.”
And here is the video of the departure with Il Volo singing the Italian national anthem.
Shortly before the performance, the presenter said:
“We are Italian, Italian pride Il Volo and the Frecce Tricolori!”
A nice event, and they are always very correct!!
And what can I say, I completely approve of their men’s suits.!!!
Now, I want to offer you the translations of a couple of articles that have been published.
The first was published by IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO before the concerts broadcast on Canale 5. It’s a nice interview in which we discover interesting things.
Fifteen years of career and always around the theaters around the world and in Italy with sold outs. Il Volo is a more unique than rare case. Many have attempted a pop-opera career, without however equaling the acknowledgments of Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto. With each TV show Il Volo grinds excellent ratings and once again they don’t want to disappoint expectations. “Il Volo – Tutti per uno”, with the participation of Federica Panicucci, will be broadcast on Saturday 27 May and 3 June in prime time on Canale 5. The show, recorded at the Arena di Verona, will see guests and friends alternating on stage : Irama, Madame, Fiorella Mannoia, Danilo Rea, Edoardo Leo, Annalisa, Antonello Venditti, Francesca Michielin, Mario Biondi, Gianna Nannini, Pooh, Aida Garifullina and Giorgio Panariello.
What is your balance of these two evenings?
We are very happy for these events despite the persistent downpour, which was suggestive, but made us understand the love and affection of our audience who never got up for three and a half hours of recording. It was magical.
How did you choose the guests, in some cases distant from your world?
We were inspired by the great experience of Pavarotti and Friends with the great teaching of going beyond the barriers of music to demonstrate to the public all three aspects of our artistic expression. This is how the duets on ‘Meravigliosa creatura’ with a rock artist like Gianna Nannini or the beautiful “Ovunque sarai” by Irama were born. But there will also be room for the classical repertoire with one of the most popular sopranos in the world like Aida Garifullina.
What was the result that will be seen on TV?
Very nice especially for the enthusiasm of the guests who came to visit us and immediately accepted our invitation. Our performances took place in a completely natural way.
“All for one” returns to the theater on 2-3-4 September at the Arcimboldi in Milan. What concert will it be?
“The best of” of the two evenings. Obviously it won’t be the 60 songs chosen for Verona, otherwise people will hit us! But we will make sure that people can appreciate three different singers, giving space to our different musical inclinations and tastes.
Fifteen years together, is there still tolerance between you?
There is more resignation. Seriously, we are more mature and respect our spaces, giving weight to the most important things in our lives. This is also the result of events in the personal sphere that have changed us and made us understand what is important in life. And another characteristic of ours is the maximum transparency between the three of us.
In recent years, some have tried your lyrical-pop path, but not with the same result. What are the difficulties?
The music has changed and also a lot compared to when we started. There is an audience of very young people who listen to a totally different musical genre. Furthermore, one is much more ‘influenced’ by social networks and by the fashions and trends of TikTok. These are all elements that can affect the success of a genre or a song. We have been making crazy experiences for fifteen years, proposing a precise musical genre.
The world also seems to have changed since your third place at Eurovision 2015. Mengoni waved the rainbow flag to send a precise message…
And Mengoni did very well to do it. Words can hurt or destroy a person’s life. Raising awareness on certain topics is very important. Absurd that you should always judge a person. Just like Mengoni, all of us artists also have a duty to launch precise messages. We need laws for rights, but also against homophobia, and then much more should be invested in education. Education is fundamental to society. If, on the other hand, we continue to invest in totally useless things, change will be difficult.
Is there hope for the future?
Yes. The new generations are different from ours and from the previous one. They are much more open minded and have a different approach.
Would you go back to Sanremo?
The idea of going to the competition does not scare us at all, but if we have a valid song. For us, Sanremo, but also doing events on TV, represent an excellent promotional showcase, since there is a lot of snobbery towards us and around us from the radio stations (which don’t play our pieces, not even with a gun at their temple) to certain press (especially at the beginning of our career). We are, however, working on an unreleased disc with the hope that the radios will support us.
Now it’s not just my words, the guys themselves have admitted that the radio stations never play their songs and that a certain type of press has always hindered them.
Well, what can I say, very harsh words, but it’s the pure truth.
I am very angry about this!!!
And now also this interview of QUOTIDIANO NAZIONALE always published before the concerts.
From Bethlehem to Verona, from the Basilica of the Nativity to the Arena. After the Christmas concert in the Holy Land last December, Il Volo returns to the Canale Cinque screens in prime time with Tutti per uno, a double appointment with the participation of Federica Panicucci broadcast tomorrow and on 3 June. In fact, with that musketeer motto, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble consolidate a friendship that sees them once again confront each other in the millenary setting of the hemicycle in Piazza Bra with a crowd of friends and colleagues including Gianna Nannini, the Poohs, Francesca Michielin, Annalisa, Irama, the Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, Madame, Fiorella Mannoia, Danilo Rea, Edoardo Leo, Giorgio Panariello, Mario Biondi, Antonello Venditti.
Where does this new show come from?
Ginoble: “We were born as child prodigies who brought bel canto to the world, then, after the victory in Sanremo, we concentrated on prestigious projects more oriented towards that classical music which certainly represents the soul of the group, but minus ours. All for one tries to tell us both ways, varying from opera to great songwriting, also passing through pop, to reiterate that we are three singers in the round”.
Barone: “We have three different personalities and three vocal styles which, when we harmonize, become one thing. Also focusing on our differences, this project is structured in such a way as to give a 360-degree idea of what Il Volo is”.
Let’s talk about the guests.
Ginoble: “It was interesting to mix voices and genres with others. Piero singing Marvelous creature with Nannini, Ignazio confronting Michielin (in a love monologue written by him, ed.) or me with Madame, these are moments very special. We have taken ourselves a little out of our comfort zone and we are proud of it; Piero is the most theatrical, Ignazio the most televised and I the most social. Three different images, three different communications that become one. The repertoire has been chosen keeping in mind take this into account too”.
Is anyone missing from the guest park?
Boschetto: “We had contacted Sam Ryder, who I consider one of the best singers around today, but he was busy with Eurovision. The others were all there”.
Starting the show with the Straussian Also sprach Zarathustra means winking a little at Elvis who used it as an introduction to his concerts.
Ginoble: “It seemed like a perfect union. An iconic beginning that we wanted to appropriate. Love and theft, as Dylan says”.
What effect does it make for you to come back with your show?
Barone: “The awareness that a television network is entrusting you with two Saturday evenings in prime time charges you with responsibility. On the evening of the broadcast we sing in Krakow, but we won’t sleep from the anxiety of knowing the audience figures. On the best of these television evenings we will build, with guests, the only two live Italian dates we have on the agenda this year, on September 2 and 4 at the Arcimboldi in Milan”.
What’s after the TV show and the concerts?
Barone: “Next year we are therefore celebrating years of career and we are preparing for an album of unreleased songs; we are working with a team of authors on songs conceived especially for our vocality”.
Surprising to discover on the web three young Korean tenors singing Splash! by Colapesce and Dimartino ( Italian singer) as if they were Il Volo.
Barone: “The fact that three people with that vocality arouse in people a comparison with us, it means that we have made ourselves known. And if those three Korean boys ask us for a collaboration, we are ready to say yes”.
Wow, yes you read that right, they’re working on a CD of unreleased tracks written especially for them, I can’t wait to hear it.
And the monologue read by Ignazio and Francesca Michielin before the duet was written by Ignazio and not by Francesca, as I had supposed.
And now this beautiful interview was released by Michele Torpedine immediately after the concerts.
IL VOLO: THE ITALY THAT MAKES YOU DREAM
Among the cheering crowds who welcomed their songs in Mexico City, where twelve thousand listened to them, and in Zagreb, to mention just two of the many recent international dates, and the success of their concert at the Verona Arena broadcast on Canale 5, the three singers of Il Volo are certainly the symbol of a singing made in Italy that brings the tradition of ‘bel canto’ to a vast audience. Thanks, of course, to a unique and extraordinary talent and a lot of daily study, but also to the work of Michele Torpedine, their manager who, from Bologna, the city where he lives, launched, before them, to name just a few names, Andrea Bocelli and Sugar. The second part of the show will air tonight.
Torpedine, the fame of Il Volo, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, confirmed by the concert on Canale 5, has an increasingly planetary dimension.
“Yes, because they are the perfect representation of how our traditional repertoire, interpreted by three extraordinary soloists, has no equal in the world. Abroad listeners identify their music with the beauty, the joy and even the pride of being. I am particularly happy with the concert in Verona because perhaps, finally, even in our country, we will stop giving the word ‘national-popular’ a negative meaning”.
You mentioned three soloists.
“The characteristic of the three singers is that they are great artistic individuals, each with their own identity, capable, if they wanted, of a brilliant solo career and with the same level of notoriety as the group. Just to prove it, the TV program was called Tutti per one, because it focused attention on the creative value of individuals, as well as that of the group. Thanks also to the many duets, Il Volo has confirmed that it is a symbol of the best made in Italy, that of good feelings, which makes you dream”.
You were born as an orchestra player, played the drums, before starting your career as a manager. Who were the protagonists of that season?
“It was an unrepeatable season, wonderfully told in the latest book by my friend Andrea Mingardi, Thus we played in Paradise which he recently presented in Bologna and, for work reasons, I was not there. Andrea was the greatest of all, his orchestra was the most beautiful, technically the best, and also the most expensive. All of us orchestral players considered him someone from another planet. A musician unattainable for us. Read the book if you want to rediscover the atmosphere of true musical Bologna . Nothing comparable to today”.
What plans do you have with Il Volo?
“From 2 to 4 September, we will bring Tutti per Uno to the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan. It will be an opportunity to admire Il Volo in a more intimate dimension. Many insiders, journalists, managers, from every corner of the world will come to visit us. we exclude a possible participation in the Sanremo Festival. With the direction of Amadeus, even among the most famous singers the desire to participate in the competition has returned. Obviously everything is linked to having the perfect song. For now there is no decision, but just an interest”.
So could we see Il Volo again in Sanremo? Nothing would make me happier, but I certainly hope that the jury is really objective and the press room is educated and correct, certainly not like Sanremo 2019.
And now let’s take a peek at a beautiful wedding that took place on Saturday 10 June, the wedding of Giuseppe di Stefano, one of the twins, a friend of Gianluca.
If I’m not mistaken Gianluca was also a witness, here’s a shot and a couple of short videos …… What a dream !!! ❤
…………and finally, a nice photo of Gianluca and Eleonora ❤❤
….one of Ignazio at the hairdresser ❤
……and one beautiful Piero’s photo ❤
Latest news, Il Volo will give a concert on July 21 in the square of Ascoli Piceno, a town in central Italy. It is completely free and is an initiative of two entrepreneurs of the area, but tickets are needed which will be given by the municipality of Ascoli Piceno only to residents and no more than two to head.
Still, it’s a great initiative.
………..to you the comments on all topics!!
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