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MATERA CONCERT by Daniela

Yes, we finally saw it, the Matera concert was broadcast by the Italian channel 5 television network.

The entire concert is sold on DVD, along with the CD. I have not deliberately watched the DVD these days, so as not to ruin the surprise and see it directly on TV.

The announcement of the program was given with several advertising passages like this:

The wait was sky high and the IL Volo, did not betray the expectations.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, were splendid, elegant, the incredible voices and the perfect video shootings.

The images of the beautiful Matera, are wonderful!

Too bad the audience was not included in the video, because between one song and another, the boys intervene with stories and videos of memories, of their beginnings and their events. All this adds value to the concert and does not exist on the DVD.

I will translate for you the words made by the boys, between one song and another of the Matera concert, words that will certainly fill your heart with admiration.

Daniela 

Matera 01

IL VOLO IN MATERA 2019 – Click Here

PIERO: Everything started as a game, three strangers put together, now after 10 years we are really like three brothers, we weren’t really aware of what we were experiencing, but the game, now it’s over, and it’s become our job, our daily life, our future. We hope to celebrate another 10, 20, 30 years of career together.

GIANLUCA: We met when we were children, and we grew up together, we created, really a unique alchemy, because we share the stage, we travel constantly together.

IGNAZIO: We will never have full awareness of what we are facing, because we always see beauty, we also see things with naivety.

IL MONDO

UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE

Matera 02

IGNAZIO: Our goal is to bring the Italian tradition, through music, to different stages and different cultures.

“Arriving in America” is always a bit of everyone’s dream, and getting to that audience was very exciting, because you realize how much you can be attached to a culture, a tradition, a flag. It is very varied, as an audience, of all ages, from the two-year-old girl to her mother.

PIERO: There is that Christmas song that says “From 9 to 92”.

GIANLUCA: And also the prestige that gives you this kind of music, because we do nothing but follow the steps of our greatest idols, like Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, the bel canto that is truly appreciated all over the world.

IGNAZIO: Surely we must say thanks to the American public that is the first who discovered us. Because after Italy, after that famous show, we immediately went to America, and with “O SOLE MIO” , they immediately sent us great affection and it was certainly nice to be able to share the emotions with all the American audience.

GRANADA

SURRENDER

Matera 03

PIERO: Italy, in our career, has always given us great emotions, perhaps the greatest emotions, because from 2010 to 2015, we sang only abroad, we did many concerts in America, South Ameica, Japan, but in Italy , we didn’t sing.

IGNAZIO: We must tell the truth, we suffered a little from this, we pretended nothing, but we suffered.

PIERO: Very.

IGNAZIO: Arriving in Italy and being practically unknown.

GIANLUCA: But you know, perhaps the “Made in Italy” musical genre has been increasingly revered abroad, especially in the US, a musical genre appreciated perhaps even more abroad.

PIERO: But in 2015 we had …..

IGNAZIO: The revenge …..

PIERO: The courage to participate in the Sanremo festival

GIANLUCA: … and to bring back the “bel canto”, also in Italy, after 20 years.

PIERO: With our song “GRANDE AMORE”, when Carlo Conti said Il Volo, the winners of Sanremo, it seemed like dreaming. But then, the Italian audience has always remained faithful, from the beginning.

E PENSO A TE

Matera 04

IGNAZIO: I’m sure that if we commit ourselves for a moment let’s remember the emotion of the first time we sang at the Verona Arena. And knowing, being aware of being in that scene with your concert, is something that makes you think a little, and be excited, because a few years before it was unthinkable.

PIERO: In our career we have had the opportunity to do many concerts in the Arena, we hope to make thousands of them, yet. But I can say that I struggled to fall asleep immediately after the Verona concert.

GIANLUCA: It is precisely this, the point, also a piece of advice that we want to give to all the guys who dream of living for music, and they want to do what we are doing, that there will be many people who will probably not believe in you, but you must persevere, because you can truly reach the farthest dream. We believed in it and we still believe in it and we are studying, really hoping to continue to stay together for many years to come.

SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN

NO PUEDE SER

VOLARE – NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU

Matera 05

IGNAZIO: In USA for Haiti, we had the opportunity to have an experience, which we will never forget, we were three strangers, small, just arrived in America, and we found ourselves singing in the choir of WE ARE THE WORLD.

PIERO: We were among hundreds of artists, without knowing how to speak half a word of English.

GIANLUCA: Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Maroon Five ……

IGNAZIO: There was also Barbra Streisand, who knows, maybe it was the bell, which then gave her the idea to call us to do the tour with her!

GIANLUCA: Two years later, because in 2012 we went on tour with her, in America and Canada, and this too was an experience that made us grow, professionally but also personally.

IGNAZIO: I remember that the first time we met her was for my birthday, my 18 years (for us Italians is the age of maturity)

PIERO: Your 18 years.

GIANLUCA: You celebrated 18 years, on stage with Barbra Streisand, not bad!

PIERO: She perfectly studied our names and pronounced them perfectly, without the American accent, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, because the Americans, to speak our names …. what an effort!

PEOPLE

MY WAY

Matera 06

GIANLUCA: One of the greatest emotions we experienced in our career was being able to share the stage with a great artist, Maestro Placido Domingo, in a concert tribute to the three tenors.

PIERO: The relationship with the master Domingo, was born thanks to his two grandchildren. He tells in an interview, that he returned to his son’s home in New York, and saw the grandchildren who were watching and listening on television on YouTube, our version of “O SOLE MIO”, and everything was born that way.

IGNAZIO: Surely we must also say thanks to our manager, Michele Torpedine, who then, in the end, was his idea. He wanted to do it for years, and surely we used a little the wake of the Sanremo festival and the success we had in Italy.

GIANLUCA: What then is a repertoire, almost untouchable, we didn’t even want to commit the sin of presumption, also because we are young, there is still so much to study, this is important to say it, also because we didn’t want to imitate or emulate the three tenors, but only to remember this great project, which really brought the “bel canto” the opera, out of the theaters, around the world, and it was an incredible success, which excited millions of people all over the world.

Being able to be joined by the great master Placido Domingo, after 30 years of that great concert, was a great honor.

IGNAZIO: And then we realized that 70-80% of the repertoire, was what we were already singing.

PIERO: It wasn’t so difficult to choose the songs.

MUSICA CHE RESTA

SMILE

Matera 07

IGNAZIO: This year, to start the 10-year celebration, we started with a very special, very exciting event, we found ourselves on a gigantic altar, which was then a stage, turned into an altar, in Panama, for World Youth Day. We had the honor of singing for Pope Francis, being able to share the stage, with our music, with faith, above all, to see 700 to 800 thousand people praying in silence, to have Pope Francis in front of you, to pray together with all those young people.

PIEROWe are believers, and find ourselves, the only ones, there, in front of Pope Francis, who while he prays, listens to your voice, I believe it is an emotion that we will tell, to our children, grandchildren, we will tell it for life.

GIANLUCA: Being able to start the celebrations, of these 10 years, with a selfie with Pope Francis, it is not every day, and above all, to sing the “Ave Maria”, for him and for more than half a million young people, who found themselves there for WYD, and representing all the young people in this important event, was unique. We couldn’t have started the year in a better way.

ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO

Matera 08

PIERO: In life it also takes a little luck. On our last trip to Japan, something unexpected happened to us, in Japan the discipline of ice skating is very followed, and in the last Olympics, the Japanese skater, won the gold medal, skating on one of our tracks, doing the choreography on “Notte Stellata”.

CARUSO

Matera 09

GIANLUCA: There are so many Japanese people who come to study in Italy, especially opera. It is incredible, as some people have told us that they have learned to speak Italian, even listening to our songs. And it’s also nice to see so many young people who are approaching, all over the world, even this musical genre, which is our goal, we are young and we want to bring it to the new generations.

MI MANCHERAI

ARRIVEDERCI ROMA

Matera 10

IGNAZIO: Often an artist does not have many opportunities to talk about himself, he is always engaged in interviews to say “we sang, we did …..”

PIERO: And it’s inconvenient.

IGNAZIO: It is uncomfortable. I think that an artist, to have a space, to talk about himself, to make people understand what he feels inside, and who he really is, is a rare and unique occasion.

WERE DO I BEGIN

Matera 11

IGNAZIO: We are three guys who weigh a lot the words, and in these years, we have always given a particular weight to the word THANK YOU, because being grateful to someone, to something, is always beautiful, it makes you feel better, and we would certainly like to say thank you to several people in this interview. But the biggest THANK YOU, and I think I speak on behalf of all three, goes to our families but above all to our manager Michele Torpedine, who, despite the many difficulties we have encountered in these 10 years, has always been there to give strength to us, and constant determination …

PIERO: His constant presence…….

IGNAZIO: …… that he sent us in these 10 years.

A CHI MI DICE

O SOLE MIO

Matera 12

PIERO: The best thing about these 10 years is to see our fans, grow with us. We met 15-year-olds, who now have 25 like us, and our biggest THANKS goes to you fans, who supported us and endured us for 10 years. We hope to live this long adventure and we love you so much.

LIBIAMO NEI LIETI CALICI

NESSUN DORMA

Matera 13

GIANLUCA: We have had a 10 wonderful years. Unthinkable things have happened to us. We were 14/15 years old and always sharing the same passion that unites us, which is music and love for singing.

IGNAZIO: This is what we want to do in life, and it will be our goal for the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years, until I have to accompany Piero by the arm.

GIANLUCA: 10 years of friendship, of music and above all of fidelity and respect.

PIERO: There will be lots of surprises, we promise you we won’t let you down and we’d like to tell you THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

GRANDE AMORE

 

❤️ PIERO ❤️

Matera 14

 

❤️ IGNAZIO ❤️

Matera 15

 

❤️ GIANLUCA ❤️

Matera 16

 

WISHING EVERYONE IN THE FLIGHT CREW A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

RADIO ITALIA, THE BEAUTIFUL CONCERT by Daniela

And here it is the beautiful Radio Italia concert I attended, as part of the audience, during the recording.

What a thrill to see everything again and how nice to think I was there, a stone’s throw from them.

Good vision to all and tell me your comments.

https://www.facebook.com/radioitalia/videos/539804110187950/

And here a brief and nice interview with Radio Italia, A TU PER TU, with IL VOLO.

https://www.facebook.com/ilvoloflightcrewpage/videos/2487630381480451/

After the pleasantries, the speaker immediately asks what is the most important stage for them and Piero replies that they are many and the Arena of Verona is among them and Radio City Music Hall.

Radio 01

Then he asks the boys if they have a ritual before doing a concert and the boys show that they shake hands, before the concerts and join three punches, before the interviews.

Radio 02

He then asks how they can make decisions or who must respond first and Ignazio replies that in 10 years they have learned very well how to react, and they only need a glance to see if one of them wants to answer or not. Moreover they now have the maturity to understand that maybe, the one that offers one of them is better than their own and they accept that it is the best thing to be presented.

Radio 03

The speaker asks if they have passions that unite them outside of music. Piero and Ignazio say tennis. Ignazio and Gianluca, football.

But all three say gym.

Moreover Gianluca says that they eat the same healthy things, because they must keep fit. In one month they took 22 planes. 

Radio 04

Radio 05

Radio 06

Radio 07

Radio 08

Radio 09

Radio 10

Radio 11

Radio 12

Radio 13

Radio 14

Radio 15

(In this photo, right under Manola’s microphone, is my husband’s face, I was next to him, but I’m covered by Manola, and from my blue cell phone, I was taking a picture.😁😉)

Radio 16

Radio 17

Radio 18

Radio 19

Radio 20

What a great concert. The boys were at ease, and we were happy with this beautiful opportunity.

Thanks guys, thank you Radio Italia.

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO to LA ACADEMIA by Daniela

And in the blink of an eye, here is IL VOLO again in Mexico.

They participated, as guests, in the television program of LA ACADEMIA, on Mexican TV Azteca Uno.

Here is their beautiful performance, they sang “EL TRISTE”, in homage to great Josè Josè.

IL VOLO sings “EL TRISTE” – Click here for a better video

For those who don’t know what kind of program La Academia is, here’s a nice clarification comment by Mahuli Liliana Maresca.

Thank you so much for your kind words, Liliana!

“This is one of the most important shows of Mexican TV. THE ACADEMY is a school of art of music and performers.  A weekly competition in which students are evaluated and must attend the hard daily training. The results are shown in the Sunday exhibition of judges , teachers and public evaluation. I am sure they have been invited as an example of professionalism, moral values, respect and, finally, what dedication can lead to their careers. I have said it many times, they are making the youth, the world, tremble – touching the hearts, creating a change, The Era of IL VOLO.”

Academia 01

Academia 02

Academia 03

Academia 04

Academia 05

Academia 06

Academia 07

Even this beautiful experience has been made.

Come on with so much strength guys !!!

💪 💪 💪

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

EXTRA EXTRA TODAY ONLY! At 8pm Central Time! In Mexico! by Daniela (and some, me)

Many of you have probably already seen this traveling through Instagram and Facebook.  Here is a little more info from Daniela….. 🙂

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Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, are back in Mexico.
Impossible to keep them still, one day they are here and one day there.

Il Volo, as guests, is expected to attend the television program LA ACADEMIA, this evening  (Sunday) at 8 pm, Central US Time…on the Mexican  television network Azteca Uno.

Here is the link (see below), however, when I checked it out, you can access it, but it gives you an error.  I think you may have to sign up or register to see it.  Don’t do like I did and say no.  I did that and I cannot get it back 🙁 .  I have Bing and it also gave me the option to translate it into English, when I kept going in and out trying to get the other thing back, the option to translate to English also vanished!  🙁  P.S. ok, when I just checked the link, it let me translate it and also register/subscribe.  However, when I did it, I was still seeing error messages and the screen says to retry, but nothing happens….  We may not be able to see it….

For us Italians it will be night, but you can follow the live broadcast.
Here is the linkhttps://www.tvazteca.com/aztecauno/la-academia/envivo

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Also on Monday there will be a live Facebook, where you can send questions to the boys.  Wow, what else can we possibly ask about them?  Ok, I, Jana, do have one question…. out of all of their songs they chose, how did they come up with the ONE Christmas song of “O Holy Night” to add to their Best of 10 Years CD?  It does happen to be one of my favorite Christmas carols.  🙂  Just in case anyone is able to get through, can someone ask them that for me?  🙂

 

In this video, the boys warn that Tuesday will be at MIXUP Music Store to do their autographs.

 

Last night here in Italy, IL Volo was host to a transmission on Rai 1 dedicated to Lucio Dalla, author of Caruso.
The boys sang the splendid Caruso, in a virtual duet with Dalla.
Their contribution was registered, because the boys were already flying to Mexico.

Needless to say, the boys were fabulous, they sang a beautiful CARUSO so much.

 

Once again you have surprised us.
A splendid Caruso, yesterday and today already in Mexico and for a few days because the promotion continues …….. next stop,
US. 

Daniela 

 

THE RADIO ITALIA LIVE CONCERT by Daniela

It had been announced, Il Volo would be at Radio Italia to record an interview and a concert that will be broadcast by radio vision on November 25th.

Anyone who wanted could ask to be present, and so I immediately sent my membership and I got two passes, for me and my husband.

Here is the promo announcing the event.

 

……. and yes, in those people sitting on the floor at the end of the video, we’re here too.

To tell you that it was an unforgettable evening is really an understatement.
Everything was great, the guys close by. The room was not huge, so all those admitted (about 150/200 people) were very close to the boys. Everyone could see them and hear them very well.

The only sore point was that we had to sit on the floor, really very uncomfortable, but nothing stopped us.

This photo is by the master Grani.

Radio 01

“A CHI MI DICE”

In the confirm e-mail they sent us, it was clearly written that we could not take photos or videos, and so we left the camera at home, instead as soon as we entered, they told us that we could do both photos and video, but not use the flash .

Damn what a shame …… but with cell phone in hand, we did what we could

And here are my photos.

Radio 02

Radio 03

Radio 04

Radio 05

Radio 06

The interview was short, but very funny. Manola (speaker), asked each of the three, to say something that was never revealed to anyone. Piero started and said that he does the depilation to Ignazio.😁😁😁

Great laughter, and Ignazio, a little embarrassed, said that it is something quite natural now among men, on the other hand he is called Boschetto (in Italian this word means small wood). Then Piero specified that he depilates Ignazio, only his shoulders and chest! More laughter.😁

Too bad that then Piero and Gianluca no longer told their secrets.

Radio 07

Then the boys took the stage for the concert, but before starting, the director projected a video message from Antonella Clerici, who said only words of affection for our boys –  Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca and said that Antonella has always been very present in these 10 years, with messages of affection for them, without ever asking for anything in return.❤

While they waited for the direction to be ready, the boys sang “Grande Amore” in Sicilian dialect.😁

Then the concert started, we were really attached to the stage. It was awesome.

The boys, accompanied on the piano by the master Grani and two guitarists and a drummer, sang: (in random order)

IL MONDO

A CHI MI DICE

CARUSO

ARRIVEDERCI ROMA

L’AMORE SI MUOVE

IO CHE NON VIVO

MUSICA CHED RESTA

VICINISSIMO

VOLARE

GRANDE AMORE

UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE

And here is a collage of my short videos, I recorded short pieces of almost everything.

They sang two meters from me, I could hear and see them very well and it was really nice to hear and to see them so close, actually Vicinissimo!! ❤

Another fun moment, when the director stopped recording and sent two make-up artists on stage.

Look how the boys reacted, everyone laughed and the make-up artists ran away.😁😁

 

Still my other photos of the boys, but how beautiful they are.

(Click on each photo to view a larger version.)

And guess who I met at Radio Italia??? …… Xinjie Wang, who came from Rome to watch the evening.

It was good to see you again, Xinjie Wang, you are always very sweet and happy to celebrate your birthday, with this beautiful evening.

Too bad we forgot to take a picture of us together.

Radio 24

And here is a beautiful photo made by Xinjie.

Radio 25

It was a wonderful experience, certainly to be repeated.

In my most optimistic expectations, I never thought that I would have enjoyed so much, that evening, I was thinking of a much more distant vision.

Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca two meters from me all the time, priceless.

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.