Grande Amore – 100 Million Views!

Hello all!  Just in case you hadn’t heard…. 🙂

Here is the Google Translate version of the article posted in the previous blog posted late Monday – kind of by accident.  (it said you could reblog post at the end, so I did!)  Ah well, live and learn!  Also posting some various photos circulating social media….thank you and well-deserved credit to all owners of the photos with such creativity!!  And of course, “our boys…”  🙂  For without them, we never would have known such Grande Amore was possible – meeting all of these wonderful people all around the world.


“Today, October 9, 2017 (now Italian!), The video of Grande Amore de Il Volo reaches 100 million views, obtaining VEVO certification. * Grande Amore can definitely be considered the battle horse of the 3 artists who, precisely with this song, written by Francesco Boccia il volo thank youand Ciro Esposito, won the 65th edition of the Festival of Sanremo. Thanks to this victory and the third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, Volo has become more known in Italy and the rest of Europe. Grande Amore’s video, directed by Mauro Russo, was shot in a single day, January 15, 2015, in the magnificent Villa Caroli Zanchi in Stezzano, near Bergamo. Congratulations to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca for this new finish !!

This is the blog site I got it from:  Grazie Mille!!

https://torinoaspettailvoloepoi.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/grande-amore-100-milioni-di-visualizzazioni/

Various pictures…. some from Gianluca, some from Il Volo, some from Gary Istok….

 

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There is Gian, always teasing us!!  Really Gian?  You have to ask?  🙂 

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“When I think, I think only of you….”  How true – aren’t they always on our minds and in our dreams?

 

Ciao – til tomorrow….

Jana

 

 

Notte Magica – “They went Rio – de Janeiro!” September 28, 2017

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Ah, there go our boys again… to Rio!  Do you know there are over 100 songs that have been written about Rio de Janeiro?  According to Barry Manilow and many others, it’s the “hottest spot north of Havana!”  The guys enjoyed 5 awesome concerts in Brazil and it’s no wonder their Notte Magica CD/DVD won the highest award!  The crowds at their concerts certainly proved that point.  There were some beautiful pictures posted by Piero and Ercole of the Copa.

Thanks again to all owners of pictures and videos!

Here are your Meet/Greets!  Those are some brightly colored shirts at the end!

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-28-2017/

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Piero, in suspenders?  Maybe Igna should give them a whirl?  🙂 

 

 

 

 

We leave you with one more review from South America – Chile!

We saw Ercole posting he was flying back to Italy, but it looks like Piero detoured to Miami, but where are the other two misteriosos?  Only Twitter and Instagram know… 🙂

Alessandra posted an adorable picture of Franz, waiting for his master’s arrival!franz  (Oh, yes, I can see the comments now…  lol)

 

Til next time…

 

Jana

Beauty with a Purpose – Il Volo in Puerto Rico! September 16, 2017

Il Volo took a side trip to Puerto Rico before heading off to Quito, Equador.  This gala was called Beauty with a Purpose and thanks and credit to the Miss World Facebook page for pictures, video and the story, below!  Muchas gracias!  🙂  Also thank you to Lisa Joy and Laura Peyretti for several of the pictures that were posted to her Facebook page.

 


A Royal Gala

Beauty with a Purpose, a Royal Gala takes place tomorrow September 16th at 7pm at the El San Juan Hotel to benefit the first pediatric liver and kidney transplant unit for the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital. Stephanie DelValle commented
“When we first arrived in Puerto Rico for my homecoming we visited the Auxilio Mutuo hospital and they told us about the necessity for this transplant unit for the children of Puerto Rico and the islands of the Caribbean.
Right now there are 25 kids receiving dialysis and waiting for their transplant. However, the majority of the children will not receive the treatment that they need to survive. Beauty With A Purpose has joined forces with the hospital to achieve our dream of providing a lifeline to these children.
“We are all very happy that The Royal Gala will go ahead
There will be people from all over the world joining us for this event

including our guest artists “Il Volo” from Italy, and Chief Mandela with his wife and son from South Africa and some surprise guests!!
In additionPuerto Ricans have come together from far and wide to show their support . A big thank you to all of the people who are joining us at this event, to the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital for helping working with us and a GIANT thank you to my parents, Diana and Jesus Del Valle, as well my extended family, Julia and Steve, for supporting me every step of the way”.
Good luck Stephanie!!!

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‘beauty with a purpose’, Royal Gala that will take place tomorrow, 16 September at 19 pm at El San Juan Hotel organized for a benefit: Buy the first pediatric transplant group for the liver and kidney, for The Hospital Auxilio Mutuo.
Commented Miss World miss world-Stephanie Del Valle: ” when I arrived in Puerto Rico, back home, I visited the Hospital Auxilio Mutuo and they told me the need for this unit of transplantation for Children of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.
Today there are 25 children on dialysis and waiting for their transplant. But most children will not receive the treatment they need to survive.
The Beauty with a purpose, ‘ joined forces with the hospital to achieve our dream of providing a hope of salvation to these children.
” we are all very happy that the royal gala has been achieved; there will be people from all over the world participating in this event, including our guest artists Il Volo from Italy, Chef Mandela with his wife and son from South Africa and some surprise guests!
Many Puerto-Ricans have gathered long and wide to support.
A thank you to all the people who attended this event, at the Hospital Auxilio Mutuo who worked with us to help us in our organization, and to giant.
A thank you to my parents, Diana and Jesus Mario Del Valle, as well as my extended family, Julia and Steve, for supporting me, step by step, in this path “!!!


Ciao all – enjoy the pictures and videos!  Jana

 

 

 

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ENERGETIX, by Daniela

Our heartfelt wishes and thanks to all the Laborers of the USA and Canada, wishing them a safe and happy Labor Day, if they get the day off!!  It’s a bit ironic, a day to celebrate the workers and unions, the government gives us the day off, but many in retail and other fields of work, have to work!


On September 2, our boys had a commitment to Berlin.

Little was known about this commitment, perhaps because it was a private event.

But the event had already been advertised by our guys with a video some time ago.

 The boys made a photo shoot in Siracusa, Sicily, this summer for the new catalog of the ENERGETIX jewelery line.

On September 2, the new catalog was presented at this event!

 

The event took place at the Estrel Berlin where many people had the pleasure to see and feel the exceptional guests: IL VOLO.

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Here are some photos in the catalog.

What about beautiful jewels worn by our wonderful home jewels: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

 

What is your opinion of the cover photo as “Sicilian picciotti?”

 

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This appears to be a recording of the guys singing, Grande Amore, put to a beautiful artistic impression, presented to the audience before the concert actually began.  

You do not see very well but look at that presentation

 

 

Then the guests could hear a real concert of IL VOLO, were they not lucky?

 

The concert included:

 

GRANDE AMORE

NESSUN DORMA

O SOLE MIO

CARUSO

CANZONE PER TE

L’ AMORE SI MUOVE

IO CHE NON VIVO

LIBIAM NE LIETI CALICI

VOLARE

 Grazie Mille and vielen Dank to die fruende  Il Volo Bavaria for this beautiful video of the concert!!  🙂 

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Here is a link to the Energetix jewelry site.  And as Jana put it, “Hey, this stuff is actually affordable!”  🙂

Also below is a link to Amazon – where else!?  🙂

Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Pavarotti’s Death – Sep 6, 2017

Ciao a tutti!

A few important dates coming up for our guys…. on September 2, 2017, they will be performing in Berlin.  However, I found very, very, if no information on it on the internet anywhere.  Even though the guys did a promo for it in English that I saw on Instagram and “not to miss it.”  That’s what they said!  🙂  At 7:00p.  Maybe some of the folks in Italy or Germany can clue us in a little better?  🙂

The second one is below…and was found by Pat.  Here is a link to RadioItalia: http://www.radioitalia.it/news/luciano_pavarotti/evento/15271_luciano_pavarotti_zucchero_giorgia_e_ramazzotti_al_10th_anniversary.php# (the article/page is in Italian, but if you right click, your computer should translate it)   It says it will air on RAI Uno, but like the Wind Awards last time, we probably cannot get it in the US.

there is a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1302773589792090/

IL VOLO will be performing at a Grand Gala in the Arena of Verona on September 6th in honor of Luciano Pavarotti and the 10th anniversary of his death. Andrea Bocelli, Giorgia, Zucchero, Eros Ramazzotti, Nek, IL VOLO, Fiorella Mannoia, Vittorio Grigolo, Massimo Ranieri and many other stars will perform. The show will air on Rai Uno TV in early evening by Carlo Conti. The first Italian radio RTL 102.5 is the media partner of the event.

They must be flying out right after the performance, as they are due to be in Mexico on September 7!  Does not leave a lot of time for rehearsing!

 

Also, there is still time to do the survey if you haven’t already….

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZ5JSFK

 

Grazie mille!

Ciao!  Jana

 

 

Personally Speaking ~ Italian Correspondent Extraordinaire!!

  Some companies have CEOs…  Well, the Flight Crew is so fortunate to have an ICE…ITALIAN CORRESPONDENT EXTRAORDINAIRE!  I am speaking of our very own Daniela Perani.  She is no doubt blushing about now, but hang on Daniela, you deserve every word that is coming.

  Having had the pleasure of meeting her in person last year I can tell you she is a genuine treasure for many reasons.

 I thought it would be interesting every now and then to tell you a little bit about those of us who love the men of Il Volo just as much as you do and whose words you come here to  read everyday.  Daniela has graciously allowed me to give you a little insight into her life.  

Did you know she used to be a ballerina??  Just look at these beautiful photos of this young woman at the age of 19!20170620_075556

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She carries herself with style and grace to this very day.

 

Daniela and her Sicilian husband, Beppe, reside in the beautiful town of Brescia.  They have two grown children and one precious granddaughter.  She also owns and runs a Bridal Store business with her daughter, Stephanie!  How special is that?  🙂

 Both she and Beppe  possess a passion for Il Volo that runs deep.  Maybe it’s the boys from Sicily that he connects with so easily, but either way he is right there next to Daniela at concerts and listens to Il Volo music cranked up real loud!  The best way! 

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Daniela is always there for us to help with translations, stories, explaining the meaning of Italian ways as well as providing translators for others who have written for us.   She is never too busy when asked to do anything for us, except if it’s the middle of the night in Italy and evening here in the states. She will say she has to sleep and get back to it in the morning.  Ok Daniela, if you insist!   She even gives HUGS and KISSES to us on the site in the classic Italian way.

Thank you, Daniela, for being our very own ICE!

~~Jane~~ 

The Wind Music Awards! June 5 & 6, 2017 – Arena di Verona! – by Myron Heaton

The “ WIND MUSIC AWARDS” and some other thoughts for this summer of Il Volo 2017.

 

I was pleased to view the Wind Music Awards presentation today and to see that our group, Il Volo, was presented with an award honoring 1myronthe fact that their Notte Magica has achieved a Platinum album level of sales (meaning sales of a miniumum of 50,000).   Also, in this category, Amazon lists “Notte Magica” as number one in sales. There are also some other awards they have won this year having to do with sales and honoring the fact that they are the best Goodwill Ambassadors that Italy has ever had to the rest of the world.

During the presentation the guys sang Nessun Dorma again, which makes sense since this song has a very, very wide audience around the world – opera lovers or not. But only one song is not a good way to judge a singing performance. Usually we have 15 to 20 songs to use for source material, but I will say that the guys’ singing artistry was very fine as usual. If I were to make one tiny comment it would be that they sounded a little tired – vocally – which makes perfect sense. After all they have been on tour ever since the last part of January with only a few short breaks and further more they have more to do yet up to near the end of July. That is a lot of concerts. One good thing I noticed when they started here in the USA in February was that they are avoiding having two or more concerts back to back to back. That sort of poor planning really hurt them during the 2013 Latin America tour. If you play Trumpet and break it then you can go out to a store and buy a new one but if you ruin your voice you cannot go to the store and buy a new one. The human voice is very resilient, but sometimes we push it too far and it does not bounce back fast or, maybe, at all. The Latin singer Jose Jose is an example of that sort of thing. He can never sing again – ever. You may remember that for the Latin Grammy awards show a few years back the boys sang Jose’s “El Triste” on a program where they were giving him an honor. He received the award and could barely talk – sounded like gravel – too much over singing, too much booze, too much drugs, and too much bad living. Thus, Il Volo sang his song for him.

I have written about this already, but want to share it again. When the boys came to Las Vegas this March they had been already fighting the desert-dry throat since Los Angeles so here our people made sure that there was humidity on stage and plenty of water bottles.  My point is that because of taking good care of themselves, vocally, they sang one of the best concerts of the whole USA tour.  This sort of thing has to be handled and taken care of from one moment to the next through all 2 ½ hours of the concert. But these guys are very smart about handling themselves. I sat in the front row and (as a vocal coach) admired tremendously how well they adapted. The singing was SUPERB! Less well trained singers would have coughed or broken phrase or sang out of tune. I know because I have heard some very famous singers give way to exactly that.

But not our boys. They had it under control from beginning to end. This is what professional singing is all about. Not just the money. All that and the fact that this program is THE most demanding set of songs that they have ever put together for a concert. The famous tenors did this program when they were in their 50s, but our boys are doing it in their early 20s. Bravo !

We need to hope that they keep this pacing steady as they head into the next batch of concerts. I am so proud of these guys.

My two cents worth….(Jana)

On the 2nd day of their performance, the guys did a “360 loop,” opting for a change in dress from their formal wear for Nessun Dorma, to a more comfortable leather and jeans, to sing their cherished hit, Grande Amore!  The guys didn’t miss a beat, battling downpours of rain – even stepping out from the stage to get a little wet – all for the love of their fans!

They were also presented with a new award this year.  They received the “gold” award for audience attendance.  This seemed to be calculated only using the concerts from Italy during May 2016 to May 2017.  The gold range level was from 40,000 to 100,000 audience attendance.  Per Daniela,

The concerts from May 2016 to May 2017 are taken into account. I believe, but it is my opinion that only Italian concerts are taken into consideration, at that time (2016) the concerts in Italian palasport had already been made, only Florence And Verona that you also saw (6000 + 12000) then concerts in 2017 in Italy but only until May, so the major ones were Torino 11.000 milano 11.000 Verona 24.000 (both night) Roma 12.000 (both nights) then others have more capes small Ancona, Roccaraso  Livorno and Bologna.

Last night they were good, admirable for being differentiated from the rest of the performances and also brave to bring a piece so busy on a very light evening. They have shown yesterday that they are serious professionals, elegant, mature at their age. Today they are three boys in jeans and leather jackets, show their age, have been addicted, certainly more suitable to this type of audience, they were cool and nice. They sang under a rain shower and Torpedine accompanied them to the drum. Bravo in both cases, have shown two faces of IL VOLO, they can do it.

Thank you to Daniela who sent us the link to the show!  Watch it before it is gone!

http://www.raiplay.it/video/2017/05/Wind-Music-Awards-2017-a460e9c0-9369-4c01-b348-85efd9652df6.html

Here they are singing just Grande Amore:

Here they are singing Nessun Dorma!

A little sad… this is from 2015 – listen how the crowd sings along 2 years ago!

This is Maria/medley from 2016 WMA:

Here are some pictures!

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Ignazio and the rain!

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I think this is so cute – they are all looking at the award at the same time, the same way!

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The last 3 years of memories for the WMA – what will the future hold for them next year?  Only time will tell….  Maybe they will win a movie award of some kind for Notte Magica or Un Amore Cosi Grande?

We can only hope, but no matter what, they continue to soar upward and onward, setting their own flight path and no one can stop them!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post by Myron with a few bits from Daniela & I.  Photo/video credits to all owners….

Ciao!  A presto!

Jana