(a little history of…) Grande Amore… We never get tired of listening to it.

On December 16, 2016, this article was published on Zon.it, by Antonella Esposito. Although it has been a while of time, I (Daniela) will  translate it for you because it is worth reading.

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GRANDE AMORE OF VOLO:  BECAUSE WE DO NOT GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO IT

 

After the first listening to GRANDE AMORE, did the song really like you and did  join your favorite playlist? Are you still irremediably attracted to the melody and lyrics of the song? That’s why GRANDE AMORE of IL VOLO does not tire you.

Grande Amore is the winning song of the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival, interpreted by the trio opera lirico Il Volo. Although it seems to have been written specifically to brush the powerful and versatile voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, the piece had a tough road before cutting the finish line “Il Volo”.

 

THE SONG

Composed in 2003, by Francesco Boccia, songwriter and frontman of the music band I Quisisona, together with Tommy Esposito of Il Giardino dei Semplici, the romantic piece already having a precise layout designed for lyric lyricals, is presented at the selections of the   Festival of the Italian Song, in 2005, with a negative result.  So it remains to dust in the drawer for 10 years.

 

It is in fact 2015 when the song is enthusiastically evaluated by the commission of Sanremo Young and assigned to the duo Operapop. Even then, fate is a strange joke, because the duo is excluded from the competition for the age limit reached by one of the two components, Enrico Giovagnoli.

 

Grande Amore  is also offered to Orietta Berti, who proves to be favorable to the song but she is, however, unable to participate in the singing contest for personal reasons.

 

Once again, bounced back and without interpreting the fate of the piece, it is entrusted to the hands of the artistic director Carlo Conti.  At his first conducting of the Festival, using the help of the Operapop manager, convinces the producer of Il Volo, Michele Torpedine, to compete for the three young singers with the signed song Boccia-Esposito.

It’s the evening of 11th February, 2015, when IL VOLO sing for the first time, Grande Amore, in the slaps of applause from the Sanremo audience. The three different and perfectly complementary voices of the three singers, enter the heart and fill the audience’s eyes in the theater and viewers who are following the kermesse  (festival) in the world. Grande Amore.

 

For some it’s a discovery, for others it’s a confirmation. The elegance of the guys of Il Volo, the stage presence with which they saturate with energy each single tile on the stage of the Ariston, and the dramatic might with which the three young singers sing the love all or almost conquer.

 

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MELODY AND TEXT

 

Great love strikes, likes and creeps in the head with a basically simple and essential text and for this easy to memorize. The plain strode opens with the term “love” which in a vibrant and prolonged acute spreads the basis for the beginning of the refrain. And here comes the engaging redundant melody that never touches the nenia, by the way, draws a rhythmic curvature cleverly caressed first by the baritone basses of Ginoble and then raised by the strong and precise setting of Boschetto and then exploding with Barone in a  Love screaming to all generations.

 

It is therefore a universal love that sang by IL VOLO declinable in all the nuances of loving sentiment, not by chance as revealed by the same authors: “The text is not inspired by a specific person, but it is a story always valid as it may be love declaration”.

CLASSICISM

Musicality, universality and pop-lyrical contamination are probably the key elements to place with a certain conviction the classical lyric passage for the song’s story. Grande Amore with an extraordinary rapidity of diffusion not only musical but cultural has already been able to fully fit within that pink of international pieces representing Italianity. Grande Amore has all the characteristics of symphonic sweetness needed to become the Caruso of the new millennium. It  has that rhythmic and flamboyant stylistic cadence so that it can be sung by the middle world as has always been the case with O ‘sole mio.

 

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IL VOLO

 

It seems despicable and yet between different artists the song would not get the same feedback or maybe yes, but this is another story. The truth is that each song chooses its own interpreter and Grande Amore was born and struggled to end in the repertoire of Il Volo, altering in a shocking way the same artistic path of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca who so much to the song that made him disconnect the ticket to success in Italy. Not that the three were not good enough, just as often happens the masterpieces make a difference and Grande Amore is without too much delay the diamond tip that has given the group the gender specificity that has always been sought after.

 

These are the technical reasons why listening to Grande Amore does not tire and will not even tire in twenty or thirty years. Stylish stylistic lists that are merely fine to themselves, which, because the longevity parable is valid over time, then add other elements with the most irrational flavor. These are the emotional ones, those you can not explain and that with a song almost invite you to listen to it and listen to it again and again.

 

 

Article translated by Daniela.  Credit to all owners of photos and video.

 

 

~~Jane~~

Personally Speaking ~ Pivotal Moments!

One of our Flight Crew, Tricianna, has written us to request seeing the lyrics in English to Grande Amore.  As I was preparing this for you all to see, I was struck by the thought that three of their songs stand out to me as being Pivotal Moments in their careers.  I know there are MANY songs of theirs that  fall into this category, but these three did it for me!  Watching these videos again I am in awe at how powerful these performances were and the power was all theirs!

So Tricianna, here is your Grande Amore, as sung at the Eurovision Contest.  Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio were beams of light that night.  They looked so incredibly handsome, mature, self confident and sang with pure perfection.  They earned the Popular vote that night and for the millions of il volo lovers out there they earned the title in our minds as well.  A Pivotal Moment in their young careers.

Great Love

I close my eyes and think of her
The sweet scent of her skin
It’s a voice inside that is taking me where the sun rises
Alone, are the words
But if they should be written everything can change
No more fear I’ll want to shout this great love
Love, only love is what I feel
Tell me why when I think, I just think of you
Tell me why when I see, I see only you
Tell me why when I believe, I believe in you only great love
Tell me you never
That will never leave me
Tell me who you are
Breath of my days of love
Tell me what you know
That only me choose
Now you know
You are my only, great love
Pass springs,
Cold days and stupid to remember
Cursed nights, lost no sleep other to make love
Love, you are my love
Forever, for me.
Tell me why when I think, I just think of you
Tell me why when I love, love only you
Tell me why I live, I live only in you great love
Tell me you never
That will never leave me.
Tell me who you are
Breath of my days of love
Tell me what you know
I do not ever be wrong
Tell me you’re
What are my only, great love
 
 

O SOLE MIO

 One NEVER gets tired of seeing these adorable young boys in their American Idol debut!!  HUGE Pivotal Moment.

 

My sun (O Sole Mio)

My sun
What a beautiful thing, it’s a sunny day
The gentle breeze after the storm
The air’s so fresh, it feels like a celebration
What a beautiful thing, it’s a sunny day
But another sun,
That’s even brighter
It’s my own sun
That’s upon your face!
When night comes and the sun sets down
I almost start to feel blue
I’d stay below your window
When night comes and the sun sets down
But another sun,
That’s even brighter
It’s my own sun
That’s upon your face!
The sun, my own sun
It’s upon your face
It’s upon your face
But another sun,
That’s even brighter
It’s my own sun
That’s upon your face!

It’s now or never

(the English/Elvis version)

It’s now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it’s now or never
My love won’t wait.

When I first saw you
with your smile so tender
My heart was captured,
my soul surrendered
I’d spend a lifetime
waiting for the right time
Now that you’re near
the time is here at last.

It’s now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it’s now or never
My love won’t wait.

Just like a willow,
we would cry an ocean
If we lost true love
and sweet devotion
Your lips excite me,
let your arms invite me
For who knows when
we’ll meet again this way

It’s now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it’s now or never
My love won’t wait.

 

 

IL MONDO

And who can forget the time they sang  Il Mondo,  at the 2012 Nobel Peace Concert.  This was a huge honor for them and a spectacular way to showcase them to the world!

 

The World

Tonight, My Love
I am not thinking of you anymore
I open my eyes
for the whole world
The world
goes around as usual
 
Spiraling, The world goes around
in limitless space
where the Love has just begun
where the love has been over
where people are happy or hurt
as me
 
The World
Until now I look at you
I am lost in your silence world
I am nothing beside you
 
The World
never stops
Night is always following day
And the daylight will come
 
Tonight, My Love
I am not thinking of you anymore
I open my eyes
for the whole world
The world
goes around as usual
 
Spiraling, The world goes around
in limitless space
where the Love has just begun
where the love has been over
where people are happy or hurt
as me
 
The World
Until now I look at you
I am lost in your silence world
I am nothing beside you
 
The World
never stops
Night is always following day
And the daylight will come
 
The World
never stops
Night is always following day
And the daylight will come
 
Tonight, My Love
I am not thinking of you anymore
About you

We know they will continue to experience many more pivotal moments  and we will be right here loving them and watching them every step of the way!

Credit to all owners of videos.

Lyric translations from lyricstranslate.com

~~Jane~~

~~The X-Factor~~ by Mary Bohling

THE  X FACTOR??

What  is it  that makes Il Volo so special, so uniquely outstanding?  They are mega-talented, of course.  They are strikingly handsome.  Their personalities are genuinely warm and personable.  All wonderful qualities, but there is something else that has caused them to rise so high in a tough and competitive business.  Is it the magical glow of their faces as they light up when they are performing….something about them that just jumps out and grabs hold of you, drawing you into their aura?

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How did they achieve this unique magnetic attraction?  It is so much an intrinsic part of their  natures that it would seem that they were born with it.  The way that they were drawn together in the beginning is magical in itself.  The perfect match of their voices and personalities is remarkable.  What are the odds that that first concept of putting them together would prove to be the perfect blending of their voices and their charisma?

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Webster puts it this way:  “The X Factor is a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.”

 

Urban dictionary: “an indescribable quality about a person that you cannot put your finger on.”

Il Volo—The X Factor personified.

Photo credits to: Getty Images and Il Volo Facebook Russia
 
~~Jane~~

~Gianluca Ginoble~ by Serena

GIANLUCA GINOBLE

The music his passion, has accompanied since his childhood truly handsome, talented baritone, Gianluca of Il Volo.  He has always had the chance, through his father Ercole, attentive interest of good artists, to listen to great Italian songwriters such as Fabrizio de Andrè, and  Francesco De Gregori.  Check out his performance with our three loved ones at 2015:Una Avventura Straordinaria Concert, live at the Arena of Verona.

His grandfather, Ernesto, was a huge Claudio Villa supporter.  That says a lot about Gianluca and his stunning commitment to music.  He is well aware of the importance of giving a fresh eternal life to any kind of music, which willing or not, it was created to last forever.

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One of his idols is, as far as the more classical musical human heritage we are experiencing, Andrea Bocelli.  Watch Il Volo perform Granada, at the Zanetti and Friends, last year in Milan.

Gianluca’s love for music, together with that of Ignazio and Piero, brought a group of great producers to put these guys together as Il Volo.   That is also the reason why these young men with such voices are worldwide extremely appreciated for their, indeed, pure talent.

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For me and my friends, the Grande Amore tour, back in summer 2015, was a chance to really get to understand what this great baritone from Montepagano and his mates were about, artistically and personally.  To be honest, my support for them was born before the Sanremo contest, but it grew stronger as I met great fans like me.  Many criticized  Il Volo after their victory.  I didn’t  care and I still don’t mind.  They are talking nonsense.  I won’t say to other people they should ever become a Ilvolover.  My message is: don’t go telling lies you heard or read about them, as these guys are true and honest. Il Volo music makes my days.  Listening to them is something huge, Italia sets me free.  No other artists have given me such emotions before.  My friends and I had several chances to meet the three of them.   We have traveled to be at the GIGS.  Every time this all happened, they were all so precious. The best times we had with them have no pics.  

Some things cannot be fully translated into words, but I keep the most like they were tattooed on my heart.

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 I cannot really explain how exciting it was to have them live in Torino for the first time in a gig back in January 2016.  How sweet and caring they were.  Torino was also the city they  started with their Italian tour, Notte Magica.  It was an unbelievable night.  Gianluca was so perfect that night.  Il Volo sang their hearts out completely.  I followed them on their European tour last year and I’m still on the road.

Gianluca is an extremely sensitive guy.  He’s shy.  When he sings he gives you the feeling how much devoted he is to music.  He caresses every word, he bows to the seven notes.  As a baritone, he has a beautiful deep, warm voice.  His eyes speak themselves, so full of joy and the listeners cannot avoid being amazed by his talent.  It just overflows.

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Gianluca is stunning when performing En Aranjuez ( con tu amor).  And what about singing his other idol, Elvis Presley, Can’t Help Falling in Love?  This love hymn makes me fall so, just like he shows every time he’s about to give it to the audience.  I get perfectly speechless and breathless.  Despite Il Volo fame throughout the planet, Gianluca is still so humble, as the kid born in that romantic small village in Abruzzo.  The one that is always so anxious and proud to come back home after days of promotion and tours.  He cannot wait to spend some time with his family and trusted friends.  He is truly fantastic, a prince.

Gianluca has never forgotten about his land and whenever he can, he tells how he adores Italia.  I’m totally proud of him, because when it comes to approach him, he’s always so dedicated, thankful and madly special towards the fans, the people he believes care for Il Volo in their soul.  He understands who does believe in them, in the person and in the artist.  I want to thank Gianluca for being unique in all his ways.   Serena.

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This article translated by Laura, previously published on Torino Aspetta Il Volo E Poi, and printed with their permission.  Photos have been added to original article.

 

Credit to all owners of photos and videos.

 

~~Jane~~

 

~Notte Magica~ July 8 and 9, 2017, Palmanova and Padova Concerts Review

 

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After a relaxing week off the guys are back in Italy for the next segment of their Notte Magica World Tour!  They look well rested and are having fun on and off the stage.  I know it’s very warm where they are currently performing as is evidenced by them foregoing wearing their suit jackets on stage.  Comfort is the name of the game in  warm summer temps.

I hope you enjoy the collage of the two concerts in Palmanova and Padova.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Piero gets a marriage proposal from a young Il Volo lover.

 

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They sing a beautiful rendition of Tanti Auguri to an Il Volo team member, Eliana.

 

 

Ignazio doing his Happy Dance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These Meet and Greets are getting more fun by the minute!  Ladies, remember to request a pose like this at YOUR next M&G!

 

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And now it’s on to the southern most area of the “boot” of Italy, Catanzaro, for the next concert!

Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

~~Jane~~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~~Interview With Symphonic Orchestra of Asti~~

As sent from Daniela,
A few days ago I read three good articles about the collaboration between IL VOLO and Symphonic Orchestra of Asti that followed IL VOLO on the Italian tour.
In particular, to the members of the orchestra are asked their opinion on IL VOLO.
The articles are published on the Facebook page TORINO ASPETTA VOLO E POI, I thought they were interesting to you and I asked the permission to condense the articles to summarize the content.
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WHAT ABOUT A TOUR YOU DO NOT WRITE…..
With “Magic Night – Tribute to the Three Tenors”, we’ve got to know and appreciate even more in depth the Orchestra that accompanied the guys on this Italian tour. We are talking about the Asti Symphonic Orchestra, made up of young professionals, with some of whom we had the chance to talk in the Veronese weekend …
Working with them was fun, because they are boys in the hand, always with the ready-made joke, behind the scenes and during the tests…..working in a professional way, but it is done in a serene and relaxed manner.
RAFFAELE
“I had several ideas about them before meeting them: for example, you see them on tv, they are VIPs and you think they will keep distances. Instead, on the first day I meet Piero, I am astonished at how he came to me, that I was sitting in the theater during a break, to come forward, telling me: we will surely enjoy this tour together! I was amazed by his humility, he is a famous character that many people know by fame, and thus addresses me. An idea that has remained unchanged, is precisely their popularity and fame they have around the world. “
AMANDA
“I was pleasantly surprised, the concerts have an incredible success and I appreciated that they have exploited their previous fame to open to the public a music that has always been considered” niche “. In mid-applauding concert halls is forbidden, but in a more casual context, it’s nice to hear that listeners appreciate what you do! “
NICCOLO’ RICCIARDO
The guys of Il Volo did not know them personally, but for their successes, especially after the victory of Sanremo, I knew, in fact, Grande Amore and I knew that they sang songs of Italian tradition. I thought they had a great success because they were able to bring back songs, arias and a way of singing that had been a bit lost and that he therefore loved a lot of people. For me, the most beautiful song to play was Grande Amore, for the atmosphere that was created while playing.
I would work with them again because I had a lot of fun and everything went smoothly, always worked with the smile. The most beautiful thing was the atmosphere at concerts: it does not often play in places where there are maybe 18,000 people in Turin, and in an atmosphere of a pop concert with lots of fans. It’s also great to see how three guys often bind three generations and are also very good at interplaying the concert with comic sketches.
GIULIA MASIELLO
My mom followed “TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE”, so I heard them in  some songs and I always thought they had a good voice, I had heard about it later and I knew they had made a great success in America. Following the Festival of Sanremo , I was curious about the song they would bring. I like Grande Amore, text is cute and music I found perfect for Sanremo, it does a lot of effect, especially singing by them three. Before we played together, I had mixed ideas about them: I knew the repertoire was “classic”, but I also knew that they had never studied opera, so I was wondering how to do it. I was very curious to know them and try to really understand what and how to sing.
My favorite air is Una Furtiva Lagrima, I really enjoy it!
They are very nice and helpful guys, even though they have a world renown … ready to make a chat, funny photos and videos … I think they’ve been fine with the orchestra … in the end are guys like us! It was a wonderful experience, we played in wonderful places and could, I would gladly do it again! I’m happy with this tour because I’ve heard in person what they think and can be “witness” to the fact that they know what they are doing (or do not). They know they do not work in theaters, but they want to make this kind of thing known to a different user. I really can not wait to hear them sing a little pop! In my opinion, they can really do great things!
DANIELE LERCARA
I had heard about the guys at TLUC, but I later met them in Sanremo, so in their repertoire I knew only Grande Amore, a song I think built on their three voices to win them … given to others it would have been almost trivial, instead of them it works. One thing that I really liked them is to stand in front of the opera airs: not presumptuously, but with a lot of humility, arguing that it is a field they do not quite consone and that for them is a challenge, a test, not Certainly their main feature. Among my favorite tracks, in addition to GrandeAmore, I must quote Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae, which I find truly gorgeous, both vocally and harmonically for the accompanying, great impact. According to the production, they were very pleased with the Asti Symphonic Orchestra, so there should be other occasions, I would gladly work with them. After about a month, a good relationship, some joke, an exchange of views, both in evidence and before the concerts behind the scenes. The atmosphere of the concerts is very beautiful, but I think more about them … know that 18,000 people are there only for three guys, on a stage where no commercial music will be offered, but “classical” music, opera and popular songs is very much beautiful. One thing that struck me is the variety of the public: from little girls to adults, to old gentlemen. I think they are very lucky to have such a large and very important target.
ROBERTA (harp)
On stage they feel totally at ease, it’s as if it were, and probably we can say is, their second home! I did not know them a lot, but now they have surely gained one  fan in addition, because I learned to know them, both as people and professionally, and will follow them even in their future plans!
Grazie Mille a TORINO ASPETTA IL VOLO E POI.
Questo invece è quanto ha pubblicato l’ORCHESTRA DI ASTI a fine tour.
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With the date of Naples it ended the NIGHT MAGIC TOUR that saw us playing alongside Il Volo. We thank the superb Maestro Marcello Rota, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio for their sympathy, availability and great talent, Michele Torpedine, all the staff who worked with extreme professionalism and all the fans who followed us with great enthusiasm during all dates. We return home with a load of unusual experiences and emotions. Thank you all!
As luck would have it, Penina sent in a fantastic video taken during a sound check   before the final concert in  Naples with this very orchestra!  It is easy to see why these young people enjoyed working with IL VOLO!   I just had to add it on  here as I know you all will love it!  Thanks Penina!!  (Jane)
First published on Torino Aspetta Il Volo E Poi and shared with their permission.
Credit to all owners of photos and video.
~~Jane~~

Royal Albert Hall, May 23, 2017 ~ Personal Review by Patrizia Ciava

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STAGE FOR THE BEST IN THE WORLD

Only seven Italian artists have performed on the most important stage in the United Kingdom, the Royal Albert Hall. Now it is Il Volo’s turn.

For most of the international artists, a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London represents an unreachable dream.

Since its inauguration in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall has carefully built an impeccable reputation. The most famous orchestra directors in the world, such as Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan, have performed there and it has hosted performances from legendary groups such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones and more recently Coldplay and Stereophonics. The fortunate artists, who are able to enter the imposing Victorian Theatre as protagonists, normally arrive there at the height of their artistic careers, after decades of international success.

This is not the case of the three members of the pop-opera group Il Volo, who, with their ages of just over twenty years, are amongst the youngest artists who have ever performed there. Before them only the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who was 23 years old when he first stepped on that prestigious stage for the first time, managed to achieve such a planetary success as to be admitted by the demanding Royal Albert Hall committee.

From 1871 until today, only seven Italian artists have had this privilege: Pavarotti, the great pianist e composer Ludovico Einaudi, Zucchero who with seven concerts from 2004 until today, holds the record of presences for an Italian singer, Umberto Tozzi in 1988, Claudio Baglioni in 2010, Laura Pausini in 2013 and Luciano Ligabue in 2012 and 2013.

On 23 May 2017, Il Volo was the eighth Italian artist to perform on the “stage for the best in the world”, one of the legs of their “Notte Magica – a Tribute to the Three Tenors” tour, thus completing the series of triumphant, sold-out concerts in the United States, including the equally prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York and those of the Italian tour that will see them perform next, on three dates, in the splendid setting of the Greek Theatre in Taormina, Sicily.

The “ Notte Magica” project was supported by the “original three tenors” to whom the tribute is dedicated, Jose Carreras, the Pavarotti Foundation and Placido Domingo, ideally considered the “musical godfather” of the three young singers, whom he has directed in the Florence concert debut and in Los Angeles, during the American tour.

The official site of the RAH reads: “The multi-award-winning pop opera group Il Volo is one of the biggest names in the classic crossover genre, with a sound that combines traditional opera, pop and classical symphonic music. In 2017 they landed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, making their debut in this historic site on Tuesday, May 23. Within a few years, Volo has continued to amaze the public all over the world with their vocal talent and their stage presence, becoming multi-platinum artists worldwide. “

The former “enfans prodiges” of “Ti lascio una canzone” have turned into three outstanding artists who thanks to their undeniable talent but also to hard work and professionalism have bewitched millions of fans all over the world. Il Volo is in fact the only Italian reality not only to collect sold-out concerts in every part of the world but also to reach an extremely heterogeneous audience whose age ranges from 5 to 80 years and beyond. For this reason they are a unique phenomenon in the international music scene.

 

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Transcribed by Susan J. Ambrosini

This review has previously been published on All About Il Volo.

~~Jane~~