Ok, I just attended the performance of Il Volo in the program broadcast by RAI 1 of TUTTI A SCUOLA and I’m still on a cloud.
Thanks guys, it’s been so long that I haven’t heard that beautiful song from your voices anymore and I’m still excited ………. but let’s go in order.
This program is broadcast every year on the day of the opening of the schools, and is broadcast by RAI1.
Today, 14 September 2020, in Italy is the first day of school and this year is a very special opening, because the schools have been closed since early March.
So the message is really strong, it reopens, a thought to the future, with many problems in the present, still not fully overcome, but with a lot of confidence and emotion.
Furthermore, instead of making this connection from Rome, as every year, this year in compliance with the anti-Covid rules, the program is broadcast in Vo’ Euganeo, one of the countries most affected by the virus, a country that has a sad record in the number of deaths.
Many guests will participate in the event, in the presence of our President of the Republic: Sergio Mattarella and other constitutional offices.
Il Volo is the most awaited guest, who will conclude the event, before the speech of our President.
But here they are, always beautiful, elegant but with sneakers,IL VOLO.
Beautiful opening of their performance with the beautiful GRANDE AMORE, which we always listen with pleasure.
I translate for you the speech after Grande Amore.
Man = Good, good, good, very good!
Women = Mamma mia, what a thrill.
G + I + P = Thank you, thank you all.
Man = And then, finally seeing you again on stage, being able to listen to you and admire and enjoy your talent, after very complicated months.
We talked to each other on the computer, via Skype during Eurovision (this year he presented Eurovision Italia) and we had said to ourselves: sooner or later it will start again…..
Piero = Today is a special day, a day of hope. We are delighted to be present at this fantastic event and we send a big hug to all the kids who are back at school today. Study is the most important thing.
Man = Perfect! Guys, by the way, what kind of relationship did you have with school?
Ignazio = It’s really exciting to be here after the lockdown …..
Man = Ah, you avoid the question??
Ignazio = No, why did you understand?? (laughter)
Seriously, we are happy to be here.
Before, a very painful point was touched (bullying) that I experienced too, so I understand and I am very close…….
Man = Are you talking about difficulties at school?
Ignazio = No, I’m talking about cyberbullying in general.
Social media is a serious thing, we often use them, just to play, to have fun, but they are a very serious thing. Social networks give everyone a voice, but not everyone has the intelligence to know how to use them in the right way.
So we are very close to all the guys who need support, we are helping a lot of people, and we are also creating a Foundation for that.
Woman = Beautiful.
Ignazio = Yes, because in 2020 we are far ahead, but also far behind in the way we behave.
Woman = We hope that the school also does a good job, teaching these kids to use social media well.
Man = The real revolution starts from school, education. A teacher, a pupil, a notebook, a pen, and you can begin, not only to dream, but to change the world.
Thanks guys for the introduction to this beautiful speech, which has not been prepared, I am truly amazed.
Ignazio = You were talking about this speech before and it is something that touches us a lot.
Gianluca = Also because, dedicating ourselves to culture, to study, not only makes us educated people, it also helps us to look at the world with other eyes, to the point of making us better people, with a pinch of empathy, of sensitivity, this can happen. So we renew our “good luck” to all students and also to children.
Man = “Better and free people,” said Gianni Rodari (Italian writer). “Study if you want to be free.”
But you have a gift, a little for us, but above all for our extraordinary President.
You explain it yourself.
Piero = Today we have decided to pay homage to the Italian column of music in the world, the maestro Ennio Morricone. (applause)
Man = About the music of “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Malena”, right?
Piero = Exactly, a piece entitled E PIÙ TI PENSO.
Man = Great names like Renis, Mogol participated in this song. And you sing.
Gianluca = We always remember this song with great affection, because we were just over 15 years old, when we had the honor of singing and performing with the great maestro Ennio Morricone.
Man = You speak like a 90-year-old….. and you already have a 10-year career ….. you started at 8 …. (laughter), you are still very young: Il Volo !!
Il Volo sings E PIÙ TI PENSO.
Man = I’m speechless, really, and then live, from a few meters …
Gianluca = Really Thanks, we also want to thank the maestro Leonardo De Amicis (he directed the guys at Ti Lascio Una Canzone) and all the musicians of the orchestra, who are all boys, just like us. Thank you.
Man = Anyway you joke, but talent, only by studying, studying, can reach certain levels. Thanks, good job and good flight, infinite flight.
I + P + G = Thank you
Man = Hurray for Il Volo, who greets our President, I recommend you distance and mask.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca go down to greet the President, wearing the mask first.
The guys get a personal applause from our President, standing in front of them.
But let me spend a few words on the superb interpretation they gave of E PIÙ TI PENSO!
How long have we not heard this song sung by Il Volo.
I would like to clarify that Tony Renis wrote the words on this beautiful music by Maestro Morricone, with the aim that it would be sung by Il Volo, then almost unknown kids in Italy.
Since then it has only been sung a few times by them.
On this occasion, they surpassed themselves, with an interpretation full of emotion, a unique sweetness and harmony, which only Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero can produce.
As the presenter said, talent yes, but also a lot of study to achieve this.
Again, I am very proud of them.
After the performance of Il Volo, there was the speech of our President of the Republic. A very long speech but with very beautiful pieces that I translate for you.
“Today is an important day. The inauguration of the school year, never, as on this occasion, has the value and significance of a restart, for the whole of society.
The children feel it, the adults understand it, and also the institutions. We are facing a decisive challenge. Starting over from Vo’ Euganeo gives even more the sense of how this challenge affects the whole country. Just as here in Vo’, after the anguish and closures, life has resumed at full speed, so the reopening of the schools expresses the full recovery of the life of Italy.”……
“As we prepare for tomorrow, we feel the need to remember those affected by the disease, the many broken lives, and the pain suffered by many. We will not forget, and we will try to learn from the exceptional and dramatic events that have affected all continents and that still keep us busy, requiring responsibility and prudence.”…….
“The precautionary measures have become a test that the Italian people have been able to face, as in other difficult moments in its history.
The school also serves this purpose, to train aware citizens, to defeat ignorance with knowledge, to curb fears with culture, to share responsibilities.
The school, the culture, the continuous confrontation, are also antidotes to the virus of violence and intolerance, which can also infect the community, if attention is reduced.”…..
Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy
Beautiful words from our President, but also the words spoken by our boys, unprepared speeches, which make me even more proud of them, are beautiful and appropriate.
Ignazio said they are preparing a Foundation to help the children.
What wonderful people.
I love them.
Let’s watch the video of E PIÙ TI PENSO, sung years ago by three little friends, emerging artists: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca: IL VOLO. ❤️❤️❤️
Where do we find Ignazio on an ordinary evening?? InPiacenza,in front ofPalazzo Farnese,there is a concert byAndrea Mingardi,a good Italian singer-songwriter.
The concert was scheduled for the end of August, but due to Covid it was canceled and resumed on 9 September, with all the Covid rules of distancing in the square and the obligation for those who attend the concert to wear a mask.
Andrea Mingardi turned 80 on 1 August and already deserves applause for this.
With him is a band of 11 musicians, among which we recognize Bruno Farinelli, the nice and good drummer who currently works with Il Volo.
Who knows if it is thanks to Bruno that Ignazio is on that stage, but we see the performance in this video.
Andrea Mingardi, presents to the audience: Bruno and Ignazio!!
Ignazio, what a treasure you are, to duet with an artist like Mingardi, too bad it’s short.
But from another angle we can see more of this short video.
I translate their speech to you:
AM = Talent and youth, and then he also plays football well !!
I = I must say that, I am young and I have attended only few concerts, this is one of the few that I have seen, and it is beautiful. It was nice for a boy to hear a little history of music, because in any case you are part of Italian music, to hear it told by you is to hear about all the Italian blues.
AM = When there were still galena (crystal) radios (type of radio without batteries or electricity they pick up radio waves only with a long antenna).
I = Yes, you and all your girlfriends from Piacenza (beautiful city in Emilia Romagna, not far from Bologna).
AM = It’s easy for you, because you are a talent, you are a nice guy, you are nice, witty, you introduce yourself to the girls …. you are Ignazio from Il Volo …. do this (snaps his fingers) …. how do all the girls arrive??? On the fly!! (laughs)
Instead for us, it was much more difficult, the girls of our generation, they were witches, they kept you away with their elbows, so much so that those who are over 40 still have bruises here (on the belly), and then it was much more difficult for us.
But I feel that you have an incredible voice …. all three (Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca) are good ….
I = (pretends to play violin and executes Love Story) Thank you, thank you. Let’s do two screams together??
AM = Sure, let’s do EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE, I start and you answer me.
I = But I can do (mentions short refrain of the song)
AM = Let’s go, so listen !! Because it is a celebration.
I = Otherwise I’m going to play the drums!
AM = No …. are you there?? (they start singing)
(Part of the speech, in closer video.)
This is a photo posted by Bruno Farinelli, with this comment: “Last night in Piacenza was a truly wonderful evening! Full of REAL friends, surprises, unscheduled and full of desire to have fun and make music together!!!”
Thanks to all the guys in Andrea’s band and a special thanks to Andrea, Ignazio and Corrado!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
What can I say, our Ignazio is fantastic, and this is a rhythm that he really likes.
And Andrea Mingardi is also good, it is clear that he was happy to have Ignazio on stage, because our boys know how to make everyone love them !!
As Bruno said, a nice evening with friends ….. and with Ignazio, fun is guaranteed.
Saturday a new television engagement of Il Volo was announced.
Today September 14, is the day of the start of schools here in Italy, Il Volo will be a guest in a program on RAI 1 at 4:35pm Italian time.
The program is dedicated to the opening of the school year and our President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will be present.
Il Volo fans are not like any other fans in the world. To them Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are family! To the older fans, they are our children. They are very much a part of our lives. Family!
I started writing my articles back in March because I realized that these fans were truly concerned about these three young men. They worried about them going home to Italy where we were hearing horror stories about Covid and how it was killing Italians. So, everyone went into panic mode. It seemed their departure was so sudden. They turned off the lights and went home! They canceled their last three performances and the next thing we knew they were on their way home. But being true to form, what did they do? Like good children, they checked in with us as soon as they got home and told us they were safe and, they needed to be with their families now.
Over the next three months they went into quarantine but, they stayed with us and shared their lives with us. A day didn’t go by that one or more of them appeared on Instagram and Facebook to cheer us up. They shared conversations with their friends and, they shared their everyday lives with us. We joined Piero at 4:00 PM every afternoon for his singing lessons. Ignazio brought in singers and comedians to entertain us and let’s not forget he took the time to introduce us to Nico! As to Gianluca, we watched him play piano and sing beautiful songs to us! And then there were the special songs of prayer by each of the guys and who can forget Ignazio’s “Almeno tu nell’universo.” No, they never left us.
And what did we do? Over three and a half months we learned about them, their childhoods and their private lives by sharing, every Sunday, an episode (total 17 episodes) in one of their lives.
Then the quarantine was over and, they left their houses. But the messages continued, go out but wear a mask.
The one thing they wanted more than anything was to get back to work. Well they did have the commitment with Dolce & Gabbana which gave us a spectacular Sunday event. And there was the concert in Monte Carlo but, something was missing.
Saturday night they showed us what was missing!
But let’s step back a minute! When the guys were entering the Arena on Friday, they were stopped and asked about the situation of Covid. Ignazio answered. “It’s time for us to leave our houses, start having fun again but with responsibility.”
Friday afternoon we watched them at sound check give a performance to those present at the Verona Arena that would rival most concerts. And then later in the evening they returned to the Arena for light check. Ignazio and Gianluca were making videos with their phones, while Piero was wandering around. Ignazio got his attention.
Ignazio to Piero:What are you doing?
Piero:What are You looking at?
Ignazio:The light that is there.
Gianluca: It’s Beautiful.
Ignazio:The gorgeous light. Gorgeous! Gorgeous!
Of course, Piero pulled out his phone and started to video.
But what was it about the lights that got Ignazio’s attention? Well they were as Ignazio said, “La Luce Stupenda! “The lights were gorgeous,” but I think he was thinking about the last lights that he saw on stage.
Saturday night when the guys were entering the Arena before the show they were stopped and asked this question by a woman reporter:
Reporter: You are International entertainers therefore you know how much the live dimension is missing. But above all you have defined the stage as your natural element. So, how is it for you to return to a live performance tonight?
Ignazio: It’s like giving candy to a baby. We are happy because we missed it. We missed it to die for but not only for our personal thing but because this is to me the music slowly restarting with the safety measures. But we are restarting it all with Italian music. It’s like I am starting again to grow up on stage and hope that it can be a message of hope for the groups, in the cities, in the emerging local areas who want to start making music. We have to continue making music and we hope that by 2021 full concerts and full live.
It was an absolutely beautiful statement that said it all! What I liked best about this statement was Ignazio saying“It’s like I am restarting it all with Italian music. I’m starting again to grow up on stage…”What did he mean? This time he is starting in Italy not America. He finally feels like he is at home!Bravo Ignazio! You are home.
When the guys arrived on stage, they had a message for the world and all people in the industry:
Ignazio:2020 will be remembered as the year where the world would be constrained to be turned off.
Gianluca:For the music employees the verb turn off means the end of the show, when the curtains close and it is the waiting moment for the next show, but this time the waiting lasted more than expected, the silence was unavoidable.
Piero:Now, the world is getting ready to start again! Now the moment has arrived to raise the curtain! Now, we will turn on the music!”
This beautiful statement was followed bythe performance of the evening.Their choice of“Nessun Dorma”sent an even stronger message. It’s says we may have to perform under these new world conditions, but we don’t have to change who we are or why we’re here. In this ancient Arena we look to the past while following the path to the future. From their first note the whole arena lit up. Their voices were clean and crisp. Their presence was illuminating. Their notes rose above the Arena into the night sky to let the world know music is back! The final note of their song sent the final statement. All three voices rose in unison and their voices sent forth a note that took our breaths away!It said We Have Returned! ”Turn on the Lights.”
Nek = We will sing together on this journey this afternoon. Let’s start immediately with the best of Italian music.
They are three boys, they started when they were little more than children and now, they sing all over the world.
They are Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, they are IL VOLO.
(applause, Il Volo performs UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE)
(at the end of the song, Nek returns to the stage with Alessio Gurrieri, he is the sound engineer of Il Volo)
Nek = Il Volo, a round of applause. Look who I have here? Alessio, the backliner of Il Volo.
G = Great Alessio, our sound engineer.
Nek = Hi guys, let’s get here in the center. For the people at home, he (Alessio) is the backliner of Il Volo, which means their guardian angel. When they go on stage, Alessio never abandons them. Now, Alessio you have to tell me how they sang today?
Alessio = Well, come on!!
Nek = We want to know the truth!!
G = I see Alessio is particularly excited today.
Nek = Sure, because he has a conflict of interest today (Alessio is also Nek’s backliner). But Alessio is too good.
Alessio = You set me up.
I = We shared many things with Alessio, starting with the chamomile tea behind the scenes.
Nek = I know, Alessio is like a father, to all intents and purposes he is also really a father.
Alessio = An older brother, come on.
G = There is a beautiful moment, come on, says Piero.
Nek = In fact, I want to know Alessio, you have seen them hundreds of times on stages abroad, but was there a time when something went wrong? You have to tell us.
P = One day, we were doing the concert in Miami. During concerts, we have moments of solos, and in those moments, I go behind the dressing room, take and scroll through the phone. Relax.
I go back to the stage, I was about to start singing and I realize that I don’t have the microphone in my hand, but my cell phone, I turn around in despair and see behind me, Alessio’s arm, which sticks out with the microphone in hand. An angel.
I = But we’ve been through all sorts of things. Alessio helps us in everything.
Nek = Thanks for this testimony guys. Thank you, it was nice to have you here, I want to hear a big applause for Il Volo and for Alessio!!
P = I just wanted to say that music and concerts go on thanks mainly to people like Alessio.
Nek = Thanks to the workers of the entertainment world.
G = (to Alessio) we love you.
P + I + G = Bye Verona.
Another good performance from our guys.
We would be happy if we could see them every day, as in these last two days.
Let’s be satisfied with this, for now, and …… see you next time!!
Since this year there will be no other concerts ofIL Volo, I was waiting with a little anxiety in front of the TV, to be able to see our beloved ones, live from the Verona Arena, on this beautiful evening in early September.
Already the first short videos, and photos of yesterday’s rehearsals, sent our hearts in arousal. 💓
I believe that Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero were also excited, to be back on stage, and also because the Arena always has its own charm.
We should have been there for the concert a few days ago, instead we have to settle for this performance, unfortunately due to virus.
In the video, Gianluca says, “We have just arrived for the rehearsals, the three microphone stands are already in position.”
(But how beautiful are Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio?)
I= (he says to Piero) What are you doing?
P = I look at you.
I = Damn!! What a great light there is.
G = Beautiful right?
I = A wonderful light. Gorgeous, gorgeous.
I believe that you have all noticed that the need for spacing has caused all the seats to be removed from the rows on the ground. In this way a large stage has been set up in the center of the Arena (which is usually leaning against the steps). The little public that will be admitted will be all around on the steps and well spaced. Only in this way could the show be done. Of course, the impact is very different, but let’s be satisfied ….. even if I have to say that having the central stage is really very nice: “Guys, use it also in your concert!!”
Gianluca = “See you tonight at the Verona Arena, on RAI1 official!”
Ignazio = “Finally we start again!”
Piero = “Tonight we will sing on one of the stages that is most dear to us, that of the Verona Arena, for us it is always an honor to be there.See you in the Arena or in prime time on Rai 1!”
The boys were also interviewed by SEAT, sponsor of the evening.
Woman = We are here with Il Volo. I know that you have an international audience and therefore you know very well how much is missing from performing live on a global level, but above all you have defined the stage, your natural element, so how is it for you tonight, to go back to performing live?
I = It’s like giving candy to a child!
We are very happy because we were missing a live performance.
We missed it, a lot, but not only for our personal reasons, this is a message that the music is restarting …. slowly, slowly, with the safety measures, but we are starting again. All Italian music is starting to hit the stage again, and we hope it can be a message of hope, also for all emerging bands in the various cities, who want to start or continue making music. We hope it bodes well for a 2021 full of live concerts.
Woman = Thanks a lot, guys, see you on stage.
I + P + G = Hello, see you later.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were also interviewed by Radio Italia, here’s what they said.
Radio Italia = It was instead a relaxing summer for the three guys from Il Volo, who had to cancel their concerts initially scheduled: “We had time to rest, relax and sunbathe. Now we will commit ourselves to making music,” they told live on Radio Italia. For the trio, however, it is not the first live in compliance with all the containment measures: “We did a concert in Montecarlo and it was strange: between darkness and masks, you don’t understand people’s expressions,” said Ignazio, who he also wanted to send out a message of hope: “The music must restart,” he exclaimed to our microphones. “We will definitely be back in 2021, in compliance with the rules. We will continue to celebrate 10 years of career,” Piero then reiterated. The three boys, very young, finally invited all their peers to behave responsibly, to protect themselves and others.
And here we are finally at the evening.
How much emotion …….. I am sitting comfortably on the sofa with my husband and we are waiting for the long preview to end ……… and finally ….
I = 2020 will be remembered as the year the world was forced to turn off.
G = For all show workers, the verb to turn off corresponds to the end of the show, when the curtain falls and silence is the wait for the next show.
But this time the wait lasted longer than expected and silence was inevitable. P = Now the world is preparing to start again.
Now is the time to raise the curtain.
Now, let’s turn on the music.
Conti = Il Volo
Vanessa = What a moment you made us live, what can we tell you?
Conti = Thanks guys.
G = Good evening everyone.
Conti = I must say: You are always better!
Vanessa = Guys we were, Carlo (Conti) and I, in silence looking at you, with goosebumps, good!! Of course for Puccini’s Turandot, but also for what you said at the beginning.
I = Yes, it is a doubly exciting moment, because we have been standing still for some months, with music on the stages. There is music on social media, but on the stage it is a different emotion, and especially it was a great emotion to remember all those who unfortunately left us, due to this Covid.
It was dedicated to them. My thoughts go to them and all their families.
Conti = You three are wonderful stars who travel the world and bring Italian music up in the world.
Vanessa = Singing live, of course you miss it, but what do you expect from this future?
G = Here I read a billboard that says: “Not even a pandemic will stop the music,” that’s the point.
This year’s motto is let’s turn the music back on, but in truth, the music has never turned off, and it has kept us company all these months. As Ignazio said, especially for us, it is our job and we missed it a lot, not being able to sing for all of you. Sooner or later we will start again, we will go back to singing in concerts, which are a way to escape from the world, two hours of joy and tears.
Vanessa = For you and the entire audience, it’s obvious.
P = When we leave the house, our fans often ask us when the concerts will resume. We want to say that this is an evening of hope, and to tell everyone that in 2021, in any way, we will return to the stage.
Vanessa = Good.
Conti = You were supposed to be here just a week ago in concert, instead it’s postponed. It’s just, all just postponed, but we’ll be back. Thanks, Gianluca, thanks Piero, thanks Ignazio.
Vanessa = Thanks for being here with us.
G = (addressed to the audience) We love you.
G+P+I = Bye!!
Conti = Great protagonists of this evening, they had the task of starting the official part.
What skill, what elegance, what beautiful words!!
And what about the final high note? They kept it very long ….. congratulations guys!!! My husband and I looked at each other in amazement, that final VINCERÒwas amazing ….. they never stopped emitting their voices ….. great !!!
Only one song, unfortunately.
There are many singers who perform and I remember that they all sing for free, and that the evening was a fundraiser, to support the families of the show workers who have not worked for months and are without salary.
The audience of the Arena, standing for Il Volo.
And here is Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, visibly happy after their performance, for a small video for the Arena.
I = We send a big greeting and a big “good luck” to arenalive.it. See you soon, we hope to start again, the music has to start again.
I + G + P = Bye
But it’s not over yet ….. when everyone finished their performances, Seat Music Awards, showed a beautiful video in homage to Il Volo, as the final theme, and on the beautiful music of GRANDE AMORE, the final titles flowed.