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REVIEWS TO MORRICONE’S TRIBUTE by Daniela

Many of you, in the comments after the various articles on the Verona concert, asked me for the opinion of the press.
I have not forgotten about this and therefore here I am giving you my opinion.
I want it to be clear, that it is only my personal opinion, maybe I am too protective, towards Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, or maybe, like a mother, I want the best for them, because I think they deserve it, and therefore also this time, I was disappointed with the reviews in the press, or rather, I was half satisfied, but I certainly expected more.

Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio in white t-shirts before a concert

Let’s start from the fact, that the concert was magnificent and you have all been able to see it.
The television ratings have absolutely rewarded the concert, they had the maximum ratings of the evening, therefore a real success.
The next day, it was Sunday, but I expected that the newspapers and television news, at least those of RAI, would write or say a few words of congratulations.
Those few newspapers that reported the news, did it purely as a news item, “Il Volo had the best ratings”, no compliments to the three boys.
On the Sunday after the concert, I watched the RAI news and also all the entertainment shows that also report the news of the various shows.
NOTHING, no one has talked about it, nor in the news, not even in the gossip broadcasts.
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero in sport coats and ready for their concert

Here are some of the articles, of which I will translate the best parts.
ALL MUSIC ITALIA:
All Music Italia Article – Click Here
The music has restarted and it has done so in a big way with a show that is not only musical. Starring Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and Gianluca Ginoble who, in the unprecedented role also of conductors of the evening, led the spectators and viewers of Rai 1 in an evening dedicated to sharing. Il Volo, Tribute to Ennio Morricone had the merit of turning the lights back on to music.

The opening on the notes of Ecstasy of Gold, the main piece of the soundtrack of Once Upon a Time in the West, was exciting.
Two and a half hours of music, memories and emotions in a journey not only linked to the figure of the Maestro, but which fits perfectly with the musical journey undertaken over the years by the three boys, increasingly careful to bring excellence around the world of our country.
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca then retraced their 12-year career, with significant images and with the performance on the notes of ‘O Sole Mio, a song they sang as children, and Grande Amore, the piece with which they triumphed at the Festival of Sanremo 2015.
Music is sharing and it certainly cannot save the world, but it certainly has the merit of making it more enjoyable. Especially after the terrible year and a half in which we changed our perspective on the present and the future.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero sitting on the edge of the stage during a concert
RECENSIAMO MUSICA:
RECENSIAMO MUSICA Article – Click Here
After a long season without concerts, live music officially resumes thanks to the concert held this evening, Saturday 5 June, in the splendid setting of the Verona Arena. Protagonists Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone, the three souls and the three voices of Il Volo. Two and a half hours of beautiful music, a concert-tribute to the romantic and visionary genius of Ennio Morricone.
Broadcast live on Rai Uno, the event certainly did not disappoint expectations.
In the lineup some of the most beautiful songs already interpreted in the past by the trio ….. Inevitable some of the themes composed by Ennio Morricone for the cinema … national pop scene …. Finally, from the very first listening, the unpublished “I Colori dell’amore” (The Colors of Love), signed for the occasion by Maestro Andrea Morricone, a particularly suggestive piece, crowning an unforgettable evening. We start again … we start again in a great way.

Left to right: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca singing on stage

SKY TG24:
SKY TG24 Article – Click Here
People, as many people as they have not seen in the same place for a long time. With the masks, the right distances ……. the music has started again, the Verona Arena has been granted to a few thousand people who have been excited for almost three hours together with Il Volo which paid homage to the teacher Ennio Morricone. A perfect evening for climate, program and joy, to the point of (almost) forgetting the waiting time “justified” by television times ….. an evening that will go down in history.
Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio start with Ecstasy of Gold, the theme of The Good, the Ugy and the Bad by Sergio Leone. Then a few words, presented Andrea Morricone ………. who will conduct the orchestra in some pieces during the evening. One is Your Love …….. the three artists remember when, in 2016, they participated in the tribute evening to the three tenors Pavarotti-Domingo-Carreras. The composition cannot be anything but the Nessun Dorma and the execution is thrilling; the orchestra, directed by Maestro Marcello Rota, and the choir the latter arranged as tradition dictates in front of the stage, immense …………… The colors of love is the piece created for Il Volo by Andrea Morricone followed, for the last standing ovation, by Libiamo ne ‘lieti calici, aria from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi and the reprise of Estasi Dell’Oro. With a dedication to the people that Covid has taken away and a thought to Vito, Ignazio Boschetto’s father who died last March, the circle closes, the music remains in the air. And, I’m sure, people are finally smiling under the masks.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the tribute stage

SPETTACOLO.EU:
SPETTACOLO.EU Article – Click Here
Il Volo-Tribute to Ennio Morricone: success for the concert that bewitched the audience.
… aired on Rai1 last night live from the Verona Arena, it won the prime time with a 25% share, winning 4,702,000 viewers.
…… The exclusive concert-event of the international trio Il Volo, in honor of Maestro Ennio Morricone, saw Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca alternate conducting, accompanied by Marco Giallini and Laura Chiatti. The Filarmonia Veneta Regional Orchestra was conducted by Maestro Marcello Rota, with special participation in some pieces by Maestro Andrea Morricone.
The event, which also marked the reopening of the Verona Arena’s musical season, lasted over two hours, winning one standing ovation after another from the audience present at the Arena.

 

Certainly these are all positive articles, but they are few and moreover from minor newspapers, certainly not those that, after Notte Magica, have really said very badly about them.

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio smiling

But one yes, I had a great satisfaction reading IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO.
This newspaper had written very badly after Notte Magica, using titles like this: ”Il Volo on Canale 5, the great opera scam: we hope that people will keep them abroad, so, at least for a while, we get rid of them”.
IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO:
IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO Article – Click Here
The three tenors have returned to live music for the only concert scheduled for this year. The Verona Arena was sold out with a Covid capacity of 6 thousand people to applaud the most famous arias of Maestro Morricone and the many guests on stage. Emotion for a special dedication to Ignazio’s father that Piero Barone made at the end of the show.
The challenge was twofold. The great return to prime time live on Rai Uno and all three alone to conduct, without any intermediary. The result of “Il Volo – Tribute to Ennio Morricone”? In front of the screen last night there were 4,702,000 viewers and 25.8% share. Excellent listening that rewarded an evening that was indeed the celebration of the great Maestro but also the story of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, their story between anecdotes and songs from their repertoire included in the lineup. The event was organized in full compliance with anti Covid-19 guidelines and protocols.
……………Excited, the three tenors dedicated the event “to the people who didn’t make it. Our thoughts go up there to them.” Piero then added: “This concert is dedicated to Vito who we miss so much and is watching us from up there.” That is, Ignazio’s father who died of an illness on February 28th. The concert will be broadcast in the United States by the PBS network. Il Volo will return to America next year for a series of concerts, while the Morricone tribute album will be released later this year and will be sold all over the world.
But the journalists who had written so badly about Il Volo after Notte Magica, where did they go?
What happened to them??? This time they didn’t write anything bad, but not only that, they didn’t write anything at all, as if the event hadn’t happened.
And then the articles that I first translated are beautiful, but there is no direct compliment to the boys, nothing that says about their personal growth, artistic maturation, praise to their voices.

IL VOLO at the piano with Maestro Grani during the concert

The only really beautiful article, no ifs and buts, is the one published by VANITY FAIR, really well written, you understand that whoever wrote it was really present and experienced the emotions of that concert.
VANITY FAIR:
VANITY FAIR Article – Click Here
The Arena di Verona reopens its doors to music starting from Il Volo with a show in honor of Ennio Morricone, live on Rai Uno. We stayed with them in Verona.
Months of closed doors, silence. The Verona Arena turns the lights back on and lets the music play, starting with Il Volo – Tribute to Ennio Morricone, a concert event, in honor of the great Maestro. Broadcast live on Saturday 5th June on Rai Uno, it marks the great restart of the summer season of one of the most important places for Italian music.
It is a special evening. The three boys appear excited, after days of rehearsals, which ended at two in the morning the night before.
A show prepared in detail, where for the first time the two tenors and the baritone also play the role of television hosts but choose not to read the hunchback, in order to be more free to be themselves. The difference can be seen, after a somewhat rigid start in the spoken parts, when they finally break up joking with each other. It is their beauty. Serious and composed as they sing, they appear much more fun (and entertained) if they let themselves go to their dynamics of colleagues (and especially friends) who have been working together for the past 12 years. Instead, no hesitation in the sung parts, from the first note of Your Love, the song that opens the concert, among the images of the film Once upon a time in the west. They show once again, in this first concert after a year and a half of stoppage which for them is also the first live television broadcast, that they are professionals able to fill the sky of Verona with three powerful voices that fit together perfectly and excite an audience that stands up many times, in continuous standing ovations, demonstrating great participation and emotion to the three protagonists.
“These have been difficult days for us. We’ve been thinking about doing a live broadcast for a long time, but we’ve always wanted to wait, we didn’t think we were ready. Today we want to send a message to young people. Never give up on your dreams. Because we didn’t do it,” says Ignatius, just as one of their dreams comes true.
…………It is their only 2021 concert in Italy and is also broadcast in the United States by the PBS network. “The best thing is to see so many people working on this event,” they say. And with them there are also the dancers, as if to emphasize that the art that must start again also passes through dance.
………….What you don’t see on TV are the ladies in the front rows waving to greet them or the people outside the Arena listening. The greetings of the three, when they are not framed and the words during the advertising blacks. There are also many foreigners who have come from abroad to attend the show. “We have experienced shortcomings and distances. There are those who have had great losses and those who have great satisfaction. We are dedicating this concert to people who have not made it. Our thoughts go up there to them,” says Ignatius. And among them there is also his father Vito, who died suddenly in March. “This concert is dedicated to Vito who we miss so much and is watching us from up there,” says Piero at the end, in a moment that becomes very emotional but which again leaves room for the professionalism of three friends who support each other. And so, while Ignazio sings perhaps at his best, the hands of Gianluca, visibly moved, look for his, to support him, in the most difficult, but also the most exciting, moment of the whole show.
They show their nuances, especially when they go on stage alone. Gianluca sings Your Song by Elton John showing his more pop side, dedicating the song to his mother, sitting in the front row. Piero, with Andrea Griminelli on flute, No puede ser nueva and Ignazio Listen accompanied by an eight and a half year old boy, Julian Iorio, on saxophone.
The tribute to the maestro therefore also goes through great songs such as Volare, My Way, O sole mio. And there is also Grande Amore, the song with which they won in 2015 at the Sanremo Festival. At the end they thank them, they dedicate an encore to the cameras off to the standing audience, they hope they enjoyed the show «We were very anxious. But we gave everything .
In their future there is now a period of rest. One more day in Verona and then everyone at home, waiting to be able to leave for a tour in 2022 that they hope will keep them busy for at least two years. Before then, however, a new disc for Sony Music, which will be this tribute to the maestro and which will arrive after the summer. “After a year and a half you gave us oxygen,” they tell the audience. And the public too, it is evident, has breathed this evening.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero sitting and singing on stage
Of course, other newspapers have reported good comments, but they are publications linked to them by friendship, such as Il Resto Del Carlino (newspaper of Bologna) or the newspapers of Abruzzo and Sicily, even the newspaper of the Arena, but there was no doubt that they wrote well of Il Volo.
Mute scene, however on the part of all the television programs, nobody talked about it.
In short, I was satisfied because there were no obvious “attacks” on our boys, but I’m not thrilled with what was written.
I repeat, maybe it is my feeling, but I would have liked more, for so much work, so much art, so much beauty, which Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have certainly been able to give us.
Let me know your thoughts.
Daniela

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio sitting and singing on the stage steps

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

JULY 2021 – CROATIA-BULGARIA-ROMANIA by Daniela

And so, after a rainy start, which forced IL VOLO to postpone the concert date in Opatija (Croatia) for the third time (the other two for Covid), the concert finally took place and it was a great success.

But let’s start in order.

Day 4 July, incessant rain and the open air concert, must be postponed.

But on the evening of July 5th, there were no problems. It was all very nice.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, beautiful, rested, elegant and as always very good.

Ignazio smiling and kneeling on stage with Piero and Gianluca behind him

The songs performed are part of the 10 Year Tour, so there is nothing of Morricone.

A summary of some songs and moments.

IL MONDO

O SOLE MIO

Note that the boys do not give up going into the audience that is all without a mask, but the three of them put it on before going down among the people.

Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio singing on stage

This is today’s article about the concert:

Please click on the photo below to view the La Voce article.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on stage

The audience of the Abbazia Summer Scene had the opportunity to finally attend the long-awaited concert of the Volo, the Italian trio famous for modern arrangements of famous Italian opera songs and the interpretation of hits tonight, Monday 5 July, pop in a classic key. Postponed three times due to anti-epidemic restrictions and unfavorable weather conditions, the event was held at the Opatija open theater, achieving great success with the public.

For Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, it was the third live performance in front of a Croatian audience and, judging by the standing ovations that echoed in the summer scene, it will certainly not be the last. The two tenors and a baritone, with over two million records sold, 220 million streaming on digital platforms, as well as more than 500 million views and 1.5 million subscribers on the official YouTube channel, presented the songs to the public of Abbazia with which they achieved world fame, merged into the collection “The Best Of: 10 Years”, published in 2019. The disc collects about twenty of the most significant songs interpreted by the trio, from the famous compositions of Italian opera (such as “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”, contained in Giuseppe Verdi’s Traviata) to the greatest hits of popular music (including “Arrivederci Roma” by Renato Rascel and “Caruso” by Lucio Dalla), not forgetting international hits (such as “Be My Love” by Italian-American singer Mario Lanza).

Some photos . . .

Left to right: Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca,singing on the arena stage

IL VOLO on stage with blue lights

IL VOLO standing near the piano with Giampiero Grani accompanying them

Left to right: on state - Gianluca smiling, Ignazio with hands together as praying, and Piero smiling with left hand raised up

View of IL VOLO on stage from t he audience

But there is only time to go to sleep satisfied and then leave immediately from Bulgaria, because tonight 6 July there will be a concert in Plovdiv.

Inside the plane to Plovdiv: Bruno Farinelli, Gianluca and Piero

Ignazio in doorway of plane with Barbara Vitali standing on the ground below

As soon as they arrived in Plovdiv, they had a radio interview (in English) with a radio station from Romania: Magic FM Romania.

Ready for the beautiful evening in Plovdiv.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing dressed for the show and caption saying "Ready to go!"

Look at the theater, how wonderful, the beautiful ancient Greek theater.

Stupendous!

View of the Plovdiv theater from the audience

People welcomed them with great enthusiasm and they gave their best.

There are many videos that show us the concert, in a beautiful setting, with many happy people who are there to hear and admire Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

Have fun watching them all.

IL MONDO

DELILAH
NESSUN DORMA
CARUSO
ARRIVEDERCI ROMA

SURRENDER

O SOLE MIO

LIBIAM DE LIETI CALICI
Some photos

IL VOLO on Plovdiv stage in the daylight

IL VOLO singing on the Plovdiv stage in the daylight

Black and white photo of IL VOLO singing on stage

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on stage

Black and white photo of Croatian audience holding a long sign that says IL VOLO WE LOVE YOU

View of the stage lit in red from back of the arena

Close up of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca on stage singing with Piero looking into the camera

The guys of IL VOLO embrace on stage

IL VOLO singing on stage with Ignazio kneeling between Piero and Gianluca

Piero and Gianluca singing with Ignazio between them bowing his head

Here is an article in the press from Bulgaria, very nice indeed and that I translated for you.

Please click on the photo below to view the Bulgarian article.

IL VOLO on the Plovdiv stage

With a vision of pop stars and divine voices, baritone Gianluca Ginoble and tenors Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone captivated the audience in Plovdiv. The long-awaited concert, postponed for a year due to the pandemic and the closing of the music stages, filled the stands of the Ancient Theater and raised the music lovers to their feet with the second song from the repertoire of the eternal classics.

The Italian trio “Il Volo” came to Bulgaria to celebrate their 10th anniversary on stage and made sure that even without a cake and candles the audience under the hills felt special. Maybe because of the fact that they were here for the third time, but only now they had the opportunity to appear on the stage of the Ancient Theater – the place where their art really sounds magical.

The visit of the trio was part of their world tour, but it will certainly remain in their hearts as one of the warmest and most exciting experiences.

The program of the three performers was more than influential and recognizable – “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini’s “Turandot”, the eternal “Un Amore Così Grande” and “O Sole Mio”, “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” by Verdi’s “La Traviata”, “Grande Amore” – the song with which the boys won the audience of Eurovision in 2015 and she awarded them first place. They sang the song on encore. The boys bowed to the audience and took on their next challenge, promising to return with their new music program with lots of film music that would touch the hearts of their fans.

IL VOLO on the Plovdiv stage in the daylight

Another great success, but time is very short, IL VOLO is expected in Romania, so the next day, immediately departures for Bucharest, Romania.

In this video by Giampiero Grani, here are the border gates between Bulgaria and Romania and the bridge over the Danube.

In Romania, they will perform in the beautiful Arenele Romane open-air theater, built in 1906 according to the Roman model.

Il Volo is highly anticipated in Romania, because it is the first concert they have performed in this country.

The whole audience will have to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated, or have a negative swab performed within 24 hours, or they can take a quick test before entry.

The weather is excellent, so it promises to be a beautiful evening.

And here they are !!
VOLARE

SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN – Gianluca Ginoble

QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA

MAMMA

A friend came to visit them backstage, Laura Bretan, remember, she was a finalist on America’s Got Talent and sang “Nessun Dorma” along with Il Volo.

IL VOLO backstage with Laura Bretan

Laura wrote:

“Got to sing with the faves tonight.💛 Y’all are amazing, Il Volo!”

And in fact they sang the beautiful CARUSO together. I don’t think it was a prepared thing, I think it was a last minute surprise, but a nice and welcome surprise.

CARUSO with Laura Bretan

These beautiful photos, published by BG Sound Stage.

Left to right: Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca singing on stage

A laughing Ignazio seated on stage between Gianluca and Piero

Laura Bretan singing with IL VOLO at the piano

Ignazio on stage with his arms spread wide behind Gianluca and Piero

View of IL VOLO on stage from the audience

IL VOLO singing on stage with the Romanian flag draped over Gianluca's shoulders

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio seated on steps on the stage

IL VOLO at the end of the concert doing their jump

Well, the only three concerts of 2021 in Eastern Europe have been made.

It is always a good show and always a good success to attend an Il Volo concert.

Now even this little parenthesis has passed, but the guys said they are preparing big surprises.

We look forward with joy!!

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

THE CONCERT STEP BY STEP – Part 3 by Daniela

Here we are at the final part of the concert. There will be some things that you may not have seen, because they do not exist in the RAI video.
Gianluca singing his solo with Piero and Ignazio sitting behind
After the electrifying experience of VOLARE, while I am still flying on the clouds …. the actress Laura Chiatti returns to the stage who says that as a muse, she has to make a request to them, she wants to hear the beautiful UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE. How could we blame her, it is a beautiful song that Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca sing excellently, so we are very happy to listen to it.

I admit that the choreography behind our boys, although beautiful, is a little deviant, also because it has nothing to do with the song, but the voices of our boys are truly formidable.
The boys continue, apologizing to the Arena audience for their backs, because they speak directly to the people at home and confirm that they have always admired the American genre and then introduce the beautiful MY WAY.

I must say that I have always considered the top performance of this song, the one made by Gianluca and Piero, but I admit that tonight, in trio, they gave their all, everyone interpreted and all together were simply stellar!!!
Such an intimate moment, the three of them sitting on stools and for us audience the possibility of being able to admire them in all their beauty, as well as hearing these magnificent voices.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero sitting and singing on the arena stage
Ignazio continues with renewing his thanks to the Morricone family and in particular to the maestro Andrea Morricone who directed them in some pieces.
Piero announces that Maestro Andrea has written a piece for Il Volo, an unpublished one: I COLORI DELL’AMORE (The Colors of Love).

It was a wonderful surprise, an unprecedented one. Beautiful music and beautiful words, it is a song very suitable for Il VOLO, which performs it with a lot of feeling. I hope to hear it often in concert.
Here are the beautiful words:
Strade buie e vuote un solco dentro me
Passa il tempo con la mente senza un se
Le mie foglie cadono sopra di te
Sono bruciature dentro l’anima
Notti insonni senza fiato a scrivere
Un suono in lontananza
serve a vivere
Vetri appesi alla speranza di chi c’è
Sguardi trasparenti e pieni di perché
Ritornerai
accanto a me
Ti spoglierai
dentro di me
E rivivrai
il tempo di una realtà
con me
Sono i colori dell’amore
di passione e libertà
in mano un fiore e poi
due attimi di noi
immagini di un film
istanti senza età
 
Semino parole irraggiungibili
Occhi già bagnati senza brividi
Due gocce di sudore cancellabili
Un urlo si dirada
siamo liberi
Abbraccerai
la luce che
si accenderà dentro di me
 
Sono i colori dell’amore
di passione e verità
in mano un fiore e poi
ci siamo solo noi
viviamo dentro a un film
E il tempo svanirà
E il tempo svanirà…

IL VOLO with Maestro Andrea Morricone waving

Dark and empty streets a furrow inside me
Spend time with the mind without an “if”
My leaves fall on you
They are burns inside the soul
Sleepless nights out of breath to write
A distant sound
serves to live
Glasses hung on the hope of whoever is there
Transparent gazes full of whys
 
You will return
next to me
You will undress
inside me
And you will live again
the time of a reality
with me
They are the colors of love
of passion and freedom
in hand a flower and then
two moments of us
pictures of a movie
ageless moments
 
I sow unattainable words
Eyes already wet without shivering
Two erasable drops of sweat
A scream disappears
we are free
 
You will hug
the light that
it will light up inside me
 
They are the colors of love
of passion and truth
in hand a flower and then
there is only us
we live in a movie
And time will fade
 
And time will fade …

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage

Great applause and the boys once again thank Maestro Morricone, the orchestra Filarmonia Veneta  and also Maestro Rota who has alternated with Maestro Morricone.
There is a nice standing ovation for everyone. They were all flawless.
Ignazio says that we are at the last passage.
Oh NO !! It was all so beautiful and so fast that I didn’t even notice the passage of time.
The notes of LIBIAM NE LIETI CALICI begin, we end up in joy with a very festive lyrical air, taken from LA TRAVIATA.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage
People immediately start clapping their hands to the rhythm. There is a beautiful atmosphere of joy.
In the background scenography the interior of a theater is projected, beautiful, it seems to be in the balconies of an important theater, even the choir takes a position.
Ignazio’s ringing voice begins joyfully, Gianluca and Piero immediately follow and then the choir. How wonderful, an apotheosis for what we hear and for what we see, we all clap our hands in time, with Ignatius directing us from the stage.

All standing for a beautiful and well-deserved standing ovation.
The notes of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY begin and Ignazio shouts “Grazie mille Verona !!!”, the boys thank the people, they are visibly happy.
In the RAI video, the closing credits start.
Ignazio says it was a wonderful evening,After a year and a half you gave us oxygen, thank you very much for being with us.”
Thanks to all participants, Torpedine, Barbara Vitali and Eliana Biondi (staff) and the families of the guys.
Ignazio warns us to stay connected, because there will be a goodnight greeting (after the midnight newscast).
Luckily, so there is still something !!
Last verse is sung of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, and the concert is all over.
Gianluca says:
“See you soon for a surprise.”
Ignazio brings his right hand to his heart, Piero greets everyone with his arms raised.
Standing ovation!
IL VOLO on stage in an embrace
The boys go backstage, amid the applause of the people, but only the time to have a drink and perhaps wipe their foreheads, and here they are again on stage, accompanied by Marco Giallini.
As the short midnight news is being broadcast on RAI1, they are back on stage to keep us company, so that we don’t get bored waiting for them ….. what sweets !!!😘😘😘
The boys thank Giallini for his support. You must know that in Italy, it is known that Giallini is a lover of hard rock, therefore, a completely different genre from that of our boys. Giallini takes the opportunity to greet and give his esteem to the drummer Bruno Farinelli who is always on tour with our boys, remember, I did an article about him.
Black and white photo of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca standing on the stage
Then to pass the time, Ignazio says he can tell a joke and the others agree, as long as it makes people laugh.
Ignazio says: “Do you know what lipless cows do ???”
“UUUUUUUU”
….. Gianluca: “But it didn’t make anyone laugh !!!!”
These guys are really too strong and nice !!!😁😁😁😁😁😁
Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero on stage with Marco Giallini behind them
The RAI operators communicate that it is resuming live and so the boys resume thanking Giallini, who was an important presence for them, because Ignazio says it is their first live broadcast and he has given them great confidence.
Giallini thanks and tells them to sing the last song to say goodnight to everyone. Giallini greets and goes out.
If you watch the RAI video, you will see that at this point Piero makes a sign with a hand, behind Ignazio and Gianluca, to someone behind the scenes, as if to say “wait”.
Piero takes the floor to announce an absolutely moving and certainly not agreed moment.
These are his exact words.
“We want to say something important for the three of us.
This concert was dedicated to Vito, who we miss so much and is watching us from up there.”
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the arena stage
Gianluca hugs Ignazio who closes his eyes.
People applaud, Ignazio thanks with joined hands.
Piero bit his lip, moved and Gianluca too has tears in his eyes. The three friends hug each other.
The applause and the standing ovation continue.
The fraternal affection that binds Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero is evident and in these moments it is very strong.
It is a very, very moving and unique moment.❤❤❤
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero in an embrace on the arena stage
CONRADIANA begins, a beautiful song set to music by Morricone and the words are by Andrea Bocelli.
I admit that I had never heard this song before, but I must tell you that it is wonderful and the words, beautiful.

Notice Ignazio, in the beginning, his face is absorbed.
The music of the violins is poignant and the choir raises the voices, wonderfully the voices of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, united in the last verse.
Long applause, still standing ovation, the three boys embraced, thanked and greeted and started backstage.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the arena stage
The RAI live broadcast ends, but it’s not all over, not yet !!
People continue to applaud and start saying BIS BIS (which means you want to hear a song again) and shortly after, the boys come back, the RAI connection is over, so they feel free from the impositions of the live broadcast.
They start singing the whole song of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Ignazio has already got rid of his jacket, immediately also Gianluca and then in the end also Piero.

Without any inhibitions, all three run to embrace the maestro Rota, a  truly genuine gesture. (Which artist would do it this way?)
They are visibly satisfied and as the last notes are over, Ignazio stretches out his arms to look for his friends-brothers in a final contact.
A tender hug between Gianluca and Ignazio while Piero greets everyone.
It’s over.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing in casual attire on the arena stage
The boys say goodbye to everyone and quickly run backstage, now it’s all over.
The people who during this last song, had gathered near the stage all standing, greet and thank by applauding.
Slowly we reach the exit, greeting all the friends we see to the right and left.
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio singing on the arena stage
It was a wonderful evening. The concert was perfect and Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio sublime.
The boys did not spare their strength, always remaining present, all three, from start to finish.
It was the reopening concert, the one that had to give the message that everything is back to normal, the first concert at the Arena after a year and a half of silence.
But it was also the concert of memory, of all those who are no longer there, primarily Vito. 
And finally it was also the evident renewal of the affection that binds Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, a deep affection of true friendship, of brother friends.

Now our thoughts are when will the next concert be?Fingers crossed!!! It will be soon!!!

Daniela

THE CONCERT, STEP BY STEP – PART 2 by Daniela

Here I am, with the second part of the concert step by step, this is exactly what I saw and heard on that beautiful evening of June 5th.
I had already written all this part, reaching the end of the concert, but due to a wrong movement, everything was deleted, and so I had to rewrite everything and, in order not to waste too much time, I preferred to redo up to the song VOLARE, and then there will be a third part.
I hope this does not bore you, also because in the third part I will tell you some things that you cannot see from the video, but that have happened.
So we were left at the first advertising break after the song METTI UNA SERA A CENA …….
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage(Francesca Brazzale ‘s photo)
The concert begins again.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have changed the men’s suit.
Now they wear a blue D & G suit  with a double-breasted jacket and under the jacket, a midnight blue silk polo shirt.
A less formal elegance than the first, but what can I say, a real treat for our eyes, always elegant and beautiful, our golden boys !!!❤❤❤
Start a beautiful song, which was the starting stone of IL VOLO. The boys sing O SOLE MIO.
During the song Piero and Ignazio run from one side of the stage to the other, to allow people on the steps to see them more closely. Really very kind and generous.

At this point there is a small exchange of words between the three boys who happily remember their physical appearance when they were little, Ignazio and Piero who were chubby and instead, with amazement they say that Gianluca is always the same, handsome as always and always with the same pose. 😁
Piero presents the next song and it is a “milestone” in the career of our boys.
Hearing the first tolls of the piano, we all think about Sanremo 2015 and the joy of victory.
We listen to the always beautiful GRANDE AMORE.
In these days, Francesco Boccia (author of Grande Amore), posted this comment and this video,
“Thanks to Il Volo for this wonderful concert, you are always my #grandeamore .️”
He has to be very proud, his song is known all over the world, and of course the audience gives another standing ovation.
From the left side of the stage, Marco Giallini is framed, reading the sad chronicle of the story of Sacco and Vanzetti.
I look at Giallini and I don’t realize that, to perform this song with beautiful lyrics by Joan Baez, the boys go down the corridors among the audience.
My husband tells me, “Did you see Piero who passed by you?” Damn, I was looking at Giallini and I didn’t see him !!
I turn and see Piero in the corridor next to me, he is turned from behind, just as Ignazio and Gianluca, in the other corridors, are ready for the RAI operator to frame them, as soon as Giallini has finished reading.
It is at this point that I see the scene of Piero helping the two elderly people to return to their places and which I have already described to you.
Immediately after, I start filming with my mobile phone, it is not well made but it gives you the feeling of how close Piero was to me.
Behind him you will notice “the hunchback”, where all the words scroll, even of the songs, but I know that the boys preferred not to read but to “go off the cuff” (improvise).
In the video you will also hear my voice “Bravo Piero”, but what a thrill, he was so close !!
The voices of the choir also lend solemnity to the moment: HERE’S TO YOU.

Small advertising moment.
The boys return to the stage accompanied by Giallini who talks about the beautiful film “Once upon a time in America,” by Sergio Leone. For this film Morricone made the soundtrack, and then Tony Renis composed the text for Il Volo which recorded it in 2010.
Beautiful song E PIÙ TI PENSO.
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio singing on the arena stage(Francesca Brazzale’s photo)

It’s time for solos.

Mamma mia, I’m excited, I don’t know what to expect, but I want to be amazed!
Very jokingly, the boys introduce the moment. Gianluca begins, explaining that this time he wants to pay homage to a great artist: Elton John, with the beautiful song written 51 years ago (yes Jo Ann it’s really true, I checked) YOUR SONG, which he lovingly dedicates to his mother who is in first row. Sweet Gian ❤

Gianluca closeup pointing as he is singing

The arrangement of the song was done by maestro Melozzi, who wrote:
“Last night at the great concert of the reopening at the Arena di Verona there was also a piece of me. I am very happy with this arrangement of mine which has collected no less than 4 open stage applauses and a standing ovation. Bravo Gianluca! Long live Abruzzo.” (You will have understood that the master Melozzi is also from Abruzzo.)
The beautiful and velvety voice of Gianluca envelops us and we are on a very sweet cloud. What a beautiful interpretation, full of sentiment,  a beautiful standing ovation for him!❤
The boys joke about who has to do the second solo and the next to perform is Piero.
He presents his “workhorse” NO PUEDE SER, this time accompanied by the flutist Andrea Griminelli.
Maestro Giampiero Grani (who always accompanies the guys on tour) wrote this comment:
Piero singing his solo with Andrea Griminelli accompanying him on the flute
“This is a photo I really care about, even if I’m not in the frame. The reason is that I wrote the part for the intervention of Andrea Griminelli, an international level musician (Pavarotti, Sting etc etc). He appreciated it, and a great collaboration was born! The satisfaction of writing notes and a talented musician improves what you thought!”

Bravo Piero, an interpretation that is always perfect and what acute, what power. Your voice becomes more and more powerful and we all have the feeling, during your high notes, that you make no effort to get it, you make it all sound so easy, but it isn’t. Bravo!
For him, a standing ovation. ❤
And we are at the last solo, Ignazio,  immediately warns us that he will not be alone but accompanied by a talented little saxophonist: Julian Iorio.
Let’s dive into listening to the beautiful LISTEN.

What a great duo. Spectacular!
Julian you are a boy of only 8 and a half but how talented. Ignazio, fantastic, we all know about your soul soul, but you have pleasantly surprised us! Your interpretation wowed all us and your voice, oh what a voice!! Chills!
A standing ovation for both of them!
Ignazio is visibly satisfied and, at the end, he does Julian a funny little interview.
The moment of solos is over, but what a wonder of a moment of the highest level.
Multiple emotions have unleashed these three artists: amazement, admiration, wonder and so much love, because there is so much skill, so much talent, but also, and it shows, so much affection between them.
Congratulations to all!!!
Julian Iorio playing the saxophone with Ignazio smiling at him
Marco Giallini returns and explains that those who have seen the film Mission surely know the sad story of the Jesuits and the Guarany Indians.
Giallini explains that Morricone went to London to see the film that had already been edited. He told the director that his film was so beautiful, there was no need for his music, but the director insisted that he compose the backing track.
Morricone was inspired by the scenes of the film, where Father Gabriel, in the forest, to warn the Indians of his presence, played a rudimentary flute, moving his fingers at random over the holes. Morricone tried to interpret with the notes, the movements of those fingers and thus the beautiful music of GABRIEL’S OBOE was born.
Then the lyrics were composed and the song took the name of NELLA FANTASIA.
The scenarios completely change color, we are immersed in a lush forest, beautiful scenery, beautiful choreography, sweet music and the voices of our boys who imitate the way of singing of the Jesuits, all very beautiful and very mystical.

Here are the lyrics: NELLA FANTASIA 
Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo giusto
Lì tutti vivano in pace e in onestà
Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere
Come le nuvole che volano
Pien d’umanità in fondo all’anima
Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo chiaro
Lì anche la notte è meno oscura
Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere
Come le nuvole che volano
Pien d’umanità
Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo
Che soffia sulle città, come amico
Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere
Come le nuvole che volano
Pien d’umanità in fondo all’anima

IL VOLO singing accompanied by Andrea Griminelli on the flute

In fantasy I see a just world
Everyone there live in peace and honesty
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the clouds that fly
Full of humanity at the bottom of the soul
In fantasy I see a clear world
Even the night is less dark there
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the clouds that fly
Full of humanity
In fantasy there is a warm wind
Blowing over the cities, as a friend
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the clouds that fly
Full of humanity at the bottom of the soul
IL VOLO singing accompanied by Andrea Griminelli on the flute
The setting in the forest gives reason to Ignazio and Piero to talk and to thank Legambiente, a non-profit association that defends the green, and that has saved from degradation, one of the most beautiful beaches of Lampedusa (an island close to Sicily).
As Ignazio and Piero have mentioned Sicily, Gianluca takes the opportunity to greet all his friends from Abruzzo. Piero and Ignazio laugh because they expected this quality / defect of Gian !! 😁😁😁
Small commercial break.
The first notes of VOLARE begin, the beautiful song by Modugno.
I’m careful, because I know very well that the boys, during this song, go down in the audience, and the first one to go down is always Piero.
So my eyes follow him fixedly and in fact he goes down the corridor furthest from mine, but then at the first intersection, he doesn’t go straight on, he also forgets a couple of words of the song, but then he turns towards my position.

Damn, he’s coming towards me !!!

Ignazio urges people to sing with them, and people react immediately by singing.
Blue lights flood the Arena, it’s like being in a blue sky and we’re flying !!
Ignazio on stage pointing his microphone towards the audience(Francesca Brazzale’s photo)
Piero stops right next to me, to go high, people touch him and I say: “Bravo Piero”…. 
……Vooooolareeee,……. even Ignazio has reached him is very close to me…….oh oh.…… and with the microphone Ignazio turns towards me and all together ………….. cantare, oh oh oh oh.
Gian has arrived too and then all three quickly return to the stage, but what a thrill!!!
I filmed everything with my cell phone, it’s not great, but it gives you an idea of how close they were to me.
I’m still in awe of what happened right in front of me. Fantastic!

In this beautiful screen shot taken by RAI, you see exactly the moment when Piero and Ignazio are close to me. I am sitting behind Ignazio, completely covered by him.
Ignazio smiling closely at Piero while he sings in the audience
But finally, thanks to this short and beautiful video by Francesca Brazzale, I can see myself, while I watch the whole scene, thanks Francesca.
Yes, I’m the one with the electric blue cardigan, in a slightly tilted position because I was filming with my cell phone.
It was really exciting.🤗

Also, at the beginning of this video, you will have noticed that Ignazio goes to give a kiss on the forehead of his sister and not his mother, as I already told you. Of course we all know the strong bond of affection between Ignazio and Nina.❤
Left to right: Closeup of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the arena stage with Gianluca looking to his right and smiling at the camera(Francesca Brazzale’s photo)
That’s all for now.
At this point of the concert, I was already fully satisfied, everything had been magnificent, but by now I know, with Il Volo, there is always so much more to discover, because they don’t spare themselves, until the last moment of the concert they donate more than they can, without ever stopping.
Wonderful!!
Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

THE CONCERT, STEP BY STEP – Part 1 by Daniela

After giving you a quick overview of the whole concert in the Arena on June 5th, here I am back to you, to tell you every moment.
Jo Ann has already translated the “chat” of the boys and Susan has already given you other explanations.
I will recall to you the smallest details of my beautiful evening and I will linger for a long time, because I do not want you to lose even a moment of this fantastic concert.
I start by telling you that Saturday started with the best wishes, a beautiful day, the sky of an intense blue, and so much emotion for the concert that I would see in the evening. A perfect start.
I have already told you other times that Verona is very close to Brescia where I live (only 50 miles), so my husband and I would have gone in the early afternoon and returned after the concert.
Here in Italy there is a curfew at 11pm (from 16 June it will be abolished), but the government had given special permission only to those who were in the Arena for the concert, to return to their homes by 02:00 am.
Right after lunch, I tried to rest, knowing that the evening was long and certainly exciting. But the sky turned gray, the sun was gone, and a little later it started drizzling. An annoying drizzle, but light and really boring. Damn, I hoped it wouldn’t rain in Verona, I was thinking about the guys, after so much work and such a long stop, this inconvenience was not welcome.
The light rain, which almost did not wet the earth, came and went. Every now and then a few drops and then nothing, just to make everyone nervous.
Ready for the evening, and with the best expectations, my husband and I left for Verona.

Daniela Perani with her husband, Beppe

Arriving, without any problems, we park the car quickly and head towards the Arena.
It goes without saying that Verona always has a magnificent charm. It is a beautiful town that preserves the flavor of the ancient.
Among the old alleys of beautiful Verona, we can all still think of Romeo running to go to his Juliet. The great entrance gate with the scalloped walls, which still continue through the city, and which once closed the whole city, are magnificent.
After the city gate the huge Piazza Bra, with the beautiful buildings that surround it and in the center, the ARENA is imposing and memorable.

View of Piazza Bra

The first thing I have to do is contact my friends who are waiting for me to be able to greet me, some of them who have really come from far away, from the US.
The first one we meet, right in front of the Arena, is Laura with her husband Ugo, they are Italians, from Trieste, but Laura met me through Flight Crew, they are our readers and it is really special that we met like this.
Soon after I go in search of my American friends.
Here they are, beautiful and happy, together at the coffee table, looking forward to the evening, Deborah, Wendy and Joanie, whom I already knew personally and Judith, whom I had never met.

IL VOLO friends at table before the concert

Only a few words of greeting, unfortunately, because Nonna Maura is waiting for me in front of her hotel, but what a pleasure to see my sweet friends who have faced such a long journey to be here.
Yes, because Il Volo is also this, the pleasure of meeting each other, of making friends from one end of the world to the other.
So let’s go to Nonna Maura’s hotel, I remind you that she is 90 years old and arrived in the morning by train from Rome. Fantastic Maura, she would not miss a concert of Il Volo and her beloved Gianluca for anything in the world.
Also Maura and I met thanks to Flight Crew, isn’t that great?

Maura Pucci, Daniela, Beppe and friends at table before the concert

The weather continues to give us a few drops of rain, so my husband goes back to our car to get some rain dusters, in case they were needed and then we approach the Arena, the entrance time has already started and the adrenaline starts to rise.
The controls to enter the Arena are meticulous. There are different entrances depending on the places awarded. They check us for fever, documents and related tickets, and if we have the FFP2 mask (only that is allowed) then they see the camera that my husband is holding and tell him to take it in the car, because otherwise they won’t let him in. So my husband goes back to the parking lot to deposit his camera. When he comes back, we can finally enter the Arena.
We reach our seats, we are in the central row, right in front of the stage, row 11, excellent position. Between one occupied seat and another, due to Covid rules, an empty seat is expected.

Daniela wearing her mask and standing at her seat in the arena with the stage behind her

The orchestra pit (the space between the stage and the first row, where the orchestra is usually placed) is empty, but in the center a round stage is positioned, as if it were a protruding extension, of the current stage, on it  already in placed, 3  microphones with the auction, it is clear that often the guys will sing from there, and it is right in front of my position.
On the rear stage, the whole orchestra is positioned. A huge backdrop that continuously changes color and position with two large lateral pillar columns and two large lateral videos, completes the scene. The whole at the top is covered by a roof in which hundreds of lights are placed. If it rains, at least the guys will be protected.
Everything has a really great impact.
A voice on the speakers often reminds us that we must keep the masks well worn and that we cannot leave our seats to greet other friends.
While we wait, I look for the various scattered friends and raise our arms, we greet each other in the distance, and then, we wait patiently for the scheduled time to arrive.

Closeup of Daniela wearing her mask with the stage behind her

Fortunately it does not rain and it will not rain all evening. There is a good temperature, everything seems to be going well.
At a certain point the boys enter the stage, normally dressed in jeans and a jacket. We are amazed, but they greet us smiling and tell us that they are waiting for the connection with the evening news. Meanwhile, they smile, they tell us they are excited, we take advantage of them to take pictures of them.
The boys look at the audience and recognize their American friends, greet them and say “you came up here for us”, they are happy with this and then on the other side, Alicja from Poland and they say “Ah, also from Poland”.😁
Left to right: Ingazio, Piero and Gianluca greet the fans before the concert
Here is what appeared during the television broadcast.
The guys say they are happy and honored to be doing this concert, so they say hello and invite people home to watch the evening.
After the connection with the TG1 news, the boys greet us and go to change their clothes and get ready. A voice tells us that we have to wait for television time, because this concert is live.
Meanwhile, I see Nonna Maura in the front row, lucky her, she is right in front, I’m really happy for her. Ercole and Eleonora arrive, Gianluca’s parents go in front of the front rows and Eleonora stops to greet Maura.

Maura Pucci is greeted by Eleonora Ginoble before the concert

I also see Michele Torpedine in front of the stage.
Ernie also passes in front of me and also Gaetano Barone, whom I then see, joins his wife already in the front row.
Shortly before the concert begins, Caterina and Nina Boschetto also arrive. Nina is now leaner and prettier with longer hair than usual.
People continue to enter and the Arena is filling up with the 6,000 admitted people.

View inside the arena from the stage showing the audience

It begins to get dark, the lights of the stage come on, every now and then you can hear the voices of Piero and Ignazio who from behind the stage make the warble (warmup) for the voice: iiiiii eeee aaaa ……
In silence, the 70 members of the orchestra take their place on the stage and in the orchestra pit (i.e. in front of the stage) the choir takes place, making two wings on either side of the central round stage.

Here we are, everything is starting, what emotion!

View of the arena stage from the 11th row.

The preview is projected on the screens, where Piero Ignazio and Gianluca, in the back of the Arena backstage, meet the actor Marco Giallini and talk about Ignazio’s shoes, nice skit, the boys say they are excited.

Marco Giallini and the guys talk backstage

And here they are, the lights create the atmosphere, three silhouettes can be seen at the end of the scene, it’s them !!!  😍

IL VOLO arrived on the stage

The boys advance and the music begins, the applause that welcomes them is a little hesitant, I think we are all a little inhibited due to the Covid restrictions and also the live television. But Gianluca, in a strong and confident voice, begins to sing.
His voice is beautiful and Ignazio and Piero follow, and everything becomes magic. Chills on the skin, the beautiful music of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, fills every corner of the Arena and the voices of our boys, rested after the long period of inactivity, are stronger and safer than ever.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage

The scenography is beautiful, while the boys sing, on the screens and on part of the scenography, the images of the film scroll, the lights constantly change colors. The voices of the choir rise high.
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca are very elegant in their beautiful midnight blue D&G tuxedos with lapel pins, a beautiful elegance that is increasingly rare in today’s young artists.
The boys are also visibly excited.
The song is beautiful, at the end there is a big round of applause.
Ignazio is the first to speak, these are his exact words.
“Good evening!!
You really can’t understand how happy we are to return after a year and a half of silence, to wait for this very day to arrive. Surely all the guests of honor are all of you tonight. Thank you so much for coming, thank you very much.” (applause)
The emotion of the boys is evident, Gianluca admits that their legs are shaking.
Piero thanks the Morricone family.
And we proceed immediately with the second song “YOUR LOVE”.
This song, for all of us, is full of profound meaning, given the moment it was sung in Sanremo. It is really moving to see Ignatius who, from the beginning of the song, caresses with his fingers the ring he wears in his right hand, a wedding ring, which we think belonged to his beloved father. Even his eyes often close, as if to make eye contact with the one who is no longer there.❤
It is a very intimate and touching moment, as well as the beautiful music and the words, which seem to be written on purpose:

“….. Your strength has made me strong,
though life tore us apart
and now when the night seems long,
your love shines in my heart …..”

(video made by Deborah Georgini Beaupre)

And then, immediately below here is a tribute from Notte Magica, Ignazio asks the audience who was there that evening, of course I raised my hand !! Piero remembers the beautiful evening in Florence in Piazza Santa Croce, remembers the master Placido Domingo who directed them and begins “NESSUN DORMA”.
At the end of the “Nessun Dorma” there was a long applause and the first beautiful standing ovation .
The standing ovation excites the boys a lot, they hug, they thank and Piero says: “So, you make us excited, they have a lot of effect, these applauses, after a year and a half.”

Enter the actress Laura Chiatti and, with the boys there is a nice “curtain” (nice dialogue) that Jo Ann has translated well.
Laura introduces a short video, an interview with Morricone, where the presenter tells that Morricone that he has a very intense relationship with “doing” (in the sense that he works very hard) and Morricone replies that “doing” (in Italian FARE), is not just a verb, but is the union of two musical notes: the FA (F) and the RE (D).

Laura Chiatti and the guys chat on the arena stage

Ignazio presents the song “SE TELEFONANDO”, which, as Susan has well described, was written by Maurizio Costanzo, set to music by Morricone and sung by Mina many years ago. Beautiful and timeless song.
Ignazio explains that Morricone thought of this music, while he was in the post, queuing to pay a gas bill, and then he concludes by saying that he (Ignazio) only goes to the post office to pay the fines. 😁
The guys making animated comments on the arena stage

Left to right: Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca singing on the arena stage

Upon returning, the exchange of words on Ignazio is beautiful: he is always a disaster, but also he has an incredible voice, then Piero introduces “IL MONDO”.

While Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca sing Riccardo Cocciante enters and they sing together, but what about, Cocciante performs a verse of the song, but when he finishes the verse, Ignazio begins and for me, Ignazio’s voice is truly unique and powerful.
Cocciante met Morricone personally, but he doesn’t want to remember any anecdotes, because he says that the greatness of an artist is in his works. Then he plays a beautiful song of his.

Left to right: Ignazio, Gianluca, Riccardo Cocciante and Piero singing on the arena stage

Marco Giallini enters, he says is very impressive to be in front of the audience of the Verona Arena. Together they introduce “SE”, the song taken from the film Cinema Paradiso. A scene from the film starts with little Totò Cascio. The melody  is written by Andrea Morricone, (the son who is conductor).
At the end of the short clip, Totò Cascio enters, now an adult. Totò says that during the shooting of the film, Philippe Noiret acted in French, while Totò in Sicilian and Italian and between them a good feeling had been created and he remembers it with affection. Then Totò also remembers the director Giuseppe Tornatore, whom he calls Peppuccio (Giuseppe in Sicilian) and whom he considers as an older brother.
Here are the lyrics of the song SE.  
Se tu fossi nei miei occhi per un giorno,
vedresti la bellezza che, piena d’allegria,
io trovo dentro gli occhi tuoi,
non so  se è magia, o realtà.
Se tu fossi nel mio cuore per un giorno,
potresti avere un’idea,
di ciò che sento io,
quando mi abbracci forte a te,
e petto a petto noi, respiriamo insieme.
Protagonista del tuo amor
non so se sia magia o realtà.
Se tu fossi nella mia anima un giorno,
sapresti cosa sento in me,
che m’innamorai,
da quell’istante insieme a te,
e ciò che provo è
solamente amore.
Da quell’istante insieme a te,
e ciò che provo è
solamente amore.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio (singing) and Piero seated on the arena stage

Translation:
If you were in my eyes for a day,
you would see the beauty that, full of joy,
I find inside your eyes,
I don’t know if it’s magic or reality.
If you were in my heart for a day,
you might have an idea,
of what I feel,
when you hug me tightly to you,
and chest to chest we breathe together.
Protagonist of your love
I don’t know if it’s magic or reality.
If you were in my soul someday,
would you know what I feel in me,
that I fell in love,
from that moment together with you,
and what I feel is
only love.
From that moment together with you,
and what I feel is
only love.

Left to right: Gianluca (singing), Ignazio and Piero seated on the arena stage

Sweet words, sweet moment and sweet Gianluca, who touches Ignazio’s shoulder with his hand, as if to encourage him.
There is also a beautiful dance moment with the circles.
What to say, the sound and visual combination is very beautiful, and how much interpretation in our boys, everything is perfect!
Laura Chiatti is now in the audience and tells us about a film that made an era, transgressive (for that time), which talks about love triangles.
Two other guests arrive: on stage Raphael Gualazzi and Nina Zilli and all together they perform the song of “METTI UNA SERA A CENA.”
And after this beautiful performance, Piero announces the advertisement and ends the first part of the concert.
At the piano, Raphael Gualazzi who accompanies IL VOLO singing with Nina Zilli
I hope you enjoyed reading every moment of the concert, I believe that by combining what JoAnn and Susan have written for you, you can get a fairly complete overview of what happened, but we are only at the first piece of the concert, if you want to read the rest ………… I wait for you in a few days !!!
Daniela

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