Ave Maria and the Duchess

Well, America now has a real live Duchess.   What a beautiful wedding!  What outstanding hats!  Besides the dress (!) and that Tiara (also a !) was some magnificent music the last number, performed by Cellist Sheku Kanneth-Mason and the orchestra, was “Ave Maria.”  That, of course, reminded me of when our Guys sang the hymn in 2014 at the Senate Christmas Concert.  Remember?  We wish Harry and Meghan (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex) lots of love and laughter.   We wish our Guys the same.  Here is what I was dreaming during that hymn…

MAGNIFICA!

How about an even more recent Ave Maria?  “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”…Appropriately performed at the London Royal Albert Hall on May 23, 2017.

Again, Magnifica…Always Magnifica!

~Marie

~~ We Laugh A Little ~~ by Daniela

Time ago talking to the pirate of our crew, we both remembered having seen this montage of photos of our beloved Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.

Connie, I finally found again. I dedicate it to you.

And all of you, what do you say about these combinations of characters?

To me they seem very apt.

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But, since our boys make us dream, we remain in the world of fairy tales.

Which of you would not like to have a prince like these?

Really nice, are they not?

Which one do you prefer?

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And in a comic version? Also nice here, they could interpret a whole comic!

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What to say, these guys, we like in every way, but what I prefer, is this !

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IL VOLO ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY HEART.

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~The Road of a Success~ by Daniela

This post is dedicated to all those who have not followed IL VOLO from the beginning (including me), but certainly will be a welcome review for those, however, followed  Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca since 2009.

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Mamma Mia!!! They were really small, almost do not know each other, how much sweetness, three children.

 

In this video we are in December 2010, a Sunday television program called “Domenica In”.

I had never really seen this, a participation in the PEQUENOS GIGANTES program, in Mexico.

Really sweet with these little children.

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Same year 2011 but Italy, still guests at “DOMENICA IN”, tribute to Ennio Morricone.

Year 2012, our little treasures, are growing, notable transformation of Ignazio.

Here they are in Pietralcina, at the charity event UNA VOCE PER PADRE PIO.

Same year 2012 still a charity event, this time in France: TELETHON.

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Year 2013, for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Year 2014 in Moscow, in concert with Toto Cutugno.

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Same year 2014 Arena di Verona, in duet with Anastacia.

We have reached the year 2015, Sanremo and the victory, and immediately after the Italian tour. This video was filmed in Naples during the rehearsals of the concert in Piazza Plebiscito. Impressive to see the people present at the rehearsals and who will remain until evening under a scorching sun.

The boys almost can not try, but the affection of the public is really beautiful,an incredible chorus of voices.

Of course they have come a long way in singing, in life and in our hearts!

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Tomorrow might be the Day!! The new Single is Released?Friday, April 20, 2018

Here is a little poem I wrote in anticipation of the new single, hopefully being released on Friday, April 20, 2018!  Enjoy!

fri 8The New Single!

We wait and we wait and we wait!

For that all-important date!

We first heard it was February,

Now, April 20th could be the day?

 

What will it be?

Rap, hip-hop, or R&B?

It doesn’t matter, it is our guys!

The Estefan’s produced it; they are wise!

 

They’ve worked long and hard;

It’s no-holds-barred.

This is their passion,

It’s always in fashion!

 

Some anticipate the worst,

But a new-found energy may burst!

Alive with excitement,

Surprises and wonderment!

 

The new album is expected the end of May,

Per somebody, they say?

We will wait and wait and wait,

For that all-important date!

 

Jana  

~~ Dolce Piero ~~ by Daniela

During the Easter holidays, as we know, the boys were back with their families.

In one of those days immediately after Easter, Piero went to see NOTO, a beautiful Sicilian town near Syracuse.

NOTO is truly beautiful and is the capital of the Baroque style, and is also called “stone garden.”  The historic center has been declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site.”

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Piero, accompanied by his brother and two friends, wanted to be a simple tourist, but having posted his photo on Instagram, was seen by some students of the school of Tourism.  Through word of mouth, they were activated in a very nice positive way, as well as thanks also to their teacher Alessandra Brafa. 

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But here is all explained well by the same words of Alessandra Brafa.

When I arrived in this class, the III A Tourism of Matteo Raeli of Noto, the girls had no dreams or, at least, they could not translate them. I asked them that in the nine months to follow, from September to June, they would have to make an effort to find one, to bring their talents to the surface.

Today these girls have done more. Known on Instagram of the presence of the singer Il Volo in Noto, they asked me to interview him. They were excited, their eyes were shining, they bounced with enthusiasm asking me to make sure to meet him.

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A few minutes later, with the necessary authorizations, we were with him, the tenor of Naro, Piero Barone. He lent himself with kindness and irony. The girls were all excited, and my heart was smiling. After we went to the press office of the City of Noto telling about the scoop  they came home full of joy and with an extra motivation to enhance the skills because “Prof, but knows that it is difficult to do an interview? We found nothing clever to ask!”


The real school I think is the one that knows how to alternate theory with practice, which passes from manuals to people, from the tasks of reality to life, that experiments on the field and looks to the future with hope and certainty that if we start from the dream, in the end what you want becomes reality.

Thank you, Piero Barone of IL Volo for courtesy, kindness of manner and elegance of mind.

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And here is the article made by the students!

Piero Barone, the singer of the trio Il Volo, through the streets of Noto .

The visit of Piero Barone, has escaped many, but not all.

The component of the popular trio Il Volo, spent the morning of Wednesday, April 4,  in the streets of the historic center of Noto.

Il Volo, an Italian musical group, made up of three singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, needs no introduction. And the visit of Piero Barone, the “tenorino” of Naro who enchanted America, in the stone garden certainly could not go unnoticed. 

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To interview Piero Barone, some students of Matteo Raeli di Noto,  did not miss the chance to welcome him among monuments of art and notions of history.

Class 1993, Sicilian, the internationally renowned singer around noon posted a picture that portrayed him along with his friends on the steps of the Cathedral of San Nicolò: a publication that, in a few hours, has exceeded 10,000 likes.

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Barone responded with kindness and irony to the questions about his presence in the city.  To be in Noto for a walk through the baroque magnificence and because animated by the desire to know the city better, since his only visit to this city had been made to a school trip to elementary school.

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He added that he was enchanted by the churches and the color of the stone, fascinated by the story of the terrible earthquake of 1693 and the greatness that followed. 

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The students, who in May will be working on the front line in a project to promote the city on the occasion of the Infiorata, invited the singer to take part in the event and he, has admitted that he has already heard about this event and that he aroused not a little curiosity and interest.  

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Barone has, expressed that at the moment he is very busy with the other components of the trio for the upcoming release of the next record. After the ritual photo, he took his leave for Marzamemi, complimenting the great beauty that is breathed in the city and remains unchanged over time.

Class III A Tourism Address, Matteo Raeli

Many congratulations to the students of the III A Tourist address.

Many, many compliments to the teacher Alessandra Brafa who was able to seize the moment, for her students.

Many, many, many compliments to Piero who proved extremely available.

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Then the visit of Piero continued for Syracuse and the beautiful island of Ortigia.

Did you recognize Piero in the photo?

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“Sony is our Family…”

First, just let me say a big thank you to Jane and Daniela, who, without them right now, there would likely be no site!  As many know, I have been going through a lot of stress in the last several months.  I am feeling better, but need to take care of myself a bit better.  Just knowing their new album will be coming out soon, is starting to cheer me a bit!  🙂 


I remember several weeks ago, when I saw this picture come through on Instagram…  how much it really touched me and reminded me of another picture, where Ignazio and Piero had similar positions.  Of course I can’t remember where I saw it, but I know it’s out there somewhere!  “Sony is our family,” says Ignazio.  His gentle hand is on Piero’s shoulder and the serious, yet consoling look on Ignazio’s face, seems to convey so much.  The apprehensive and maybe even scared look on Piero’s face, under his Panama hat, also tells us a story.  They are there, at Sony studios, likely putting the final touches on the new album.  They did what they wanted to do this time.  Pop, hip-hop, rap, a duet with Gloria and who knows imagewhat else?  The look on Piero’s face, says it all…  Is it good enough?  Will people like it?  Will we lose some fans?  Will we get some new ones?  We’ve put all our trust in Sony, Michele, and the Estefan’s – is it enough?  Will we finally get that Grammy we’ve been waiting for, for so long?  Piero, being the eldest of the group, looks exhausted and anxious.  Does he feel more pressure than the others?  Is he fearing his opera career going awry after this album comes out?  Even his glasses look a bit precarious, sitting close to the edge of the table.

Whoever took that picture, truly captured a moment in time.  That split-second of emotion; the picture that says a thousand words.  For all we know they burst into laughter and had a good joke right after that moment, but did they?  Did Ignazio reach over and give Piero one of his big, bear hugs?  Did Piero respond in kind, with maybe a kiss on the cheek as well?  Did they cry?  Was Ignazio scared, too, but wanted to reassure Piero?  We’ll never know.

“Sony is our family….”  When you think of this, it’s also kind of sad, in a way.  But you tend to trust your family and your family looks out for you – at least you hope they do.  I hope they think their fans are their family, too!  We give them the unconditional love that everyone deserves, especially when they are down, or make mistakes.  We tend to forget that they are human also and young.  And, sometimes as families do, they/we sometimes forget who our families are.  In times of need, we often feel we are alone in the world.  Like the “Footprints” poem, when the person in the poem is in such despair and feels that God has abandoned him in his time of sorrow, since there is only one set of footprints in the sand.  God says, “My son, when you see there are only one set of footprints, it is when I carried you!”

Let us hope that, in the months to come, that the guys always know who their families are.  Not only their blood relatives, but their extended families in Sony, the Estefan’s, and of course, their adoring fans!  We will always carry Il Volo figuratively in our hearts, and if necessary, literally – to wherever they need to journey!

We love you guys – unconditionally!  🙂

 

Jana 

 

(A very big credit to whomever took that photo!)

~ Italian Video ~ by Daniela

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A year ago, a broadcast began with Antonella Clerici called STANDING OVATION. Before the transmission Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were interviewed.

I will translate what they said. You can  read  the good words of the priest at the end of the interview.

 

The guys from IL VOLO, the trio discovered by Antonella Clerici, we went to interview them.  Listen to what they said.  Maybe they will even sing a bit.

 

What a thrill, I’m with IL VOLO.  Hello guys, cheers to STANDING OVATION, right?

I = Absolutely

P = Hurray Antonella

I= The Standing Ovation for an artist is a fundamental thing, that when he sees them, his heart fills.

 

Can you tell me about your first Standing Ovation?

I = It was right with Antonella, our first standing ovation.

But what does an artist think “are they doing it, really to me?”

G = Do you think we were 14 years old when we sang the first time together, so many years have passed and we have lived many beautiful experiences, and being here, after so many years, returning with our dear friend Antonella, will be a beautiful thing.

P = We touch iron because it’s Friday 17.

G = Come on, nothing happens.

I = goodbye

 

Really very successful guys, world success for these guys.

 

Priest = Excellencies indeed.

They are really a beautiful presentation page of our nation abroad.  I know because I attend a lot abroad, and I often live there too. They are a beautiful presentation paper clean, exemplary, also artistically very valid, bel canto likes, rewards the nation and also who interprets it.

We really hope a long success for these guys, they are also a good example for those who want to take care of culture and know that in Italy there is so much, so much space.

A good example of young people.

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This second video was aired the day after the presence of IL VOLO at the Sanremo Festival this year.

At the base of the images there is the writing:

IL VOLO: PICCO D’ASCOLTO DELLA SECONDA SERATA (Il Volo, peak listening to the second evening).

It was put to inform that at the moment of the presence of IL VOLO at the festival, there was the  maximum listening of the whole evening at the time of the performance of the boys. Beautiful satisfaction.

 

 

They chose to call themselves IL VOLO as a tribute to the music that took them by the hand, taking them higher and higher.

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble soon started to put their talents to good use.

They come from Sicily and Abruzzo and began to sing thanks to their grandparents musicians and all three say they have not dreamed of anything but become singers.

Is 2009 when the boys are together on the limelight of the program TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE by Antonella Clerici and then suddenly, the story begins.

Piero, the eldest of the three, has glasses and casual talk.

Ignazio succeeds with great discipline to lose weight.

Gianluca, the youngest of the three, says that with IL VOLO it was like finding another family.

Together they start to conquer the world.

What is certain is that they have become three stars, gathering amazing successes on different theatrical stages and their rise beyond the ocean seems to know no limits.

They are the first Italian artists to have signed with an American major and sang O SOLE MIO as guests of the talent show American Idol, greeted by a riot of applause and standing ovation.

Their debut album, the first day of release entered the tenth place in the list of the best-selling CDs of the U.S.A.

 

Yesterday evening, the IL VOLO boys returned on the Ariston stage, three years after the victory, of the festival with the song GRANDE AMORE.

 

 

 The third video, Exclusiva…

Here’s how they were Piero Gianluca and Ignazio, still young and unaware of the success that would have overwhelmed them.

Known all over the world as the guys of IL VOLO, in a few years they really took off flying, winning millions of fans.

But times change, and the voice should be enough to recognize them, because from the classic look that distinguishes them, here they are making poses, very rock in this photo shoot.

Looks of macho, abdominals in sight, sculpted pectorals, for IL VOLO it’s time for a sexy turn.

The festivities are valid for being bare-chested and showing the abdominals.

Bodies that certainly do not go unnoticed, and that make a massacre of hearts.

It had already been a hot summer for Gianluca Ginoble, called the beauty of the group. After extinguishing the summer flames, he was recently paparazzi in Barbados with this beautiful girl with a Latin charm.

With her, he exchanges tenderness and hot kisses.

Here they are, he and Piero together in the gym during a training session and then realize a photo shoot like real “Riace bronzes”.

 

Even Ignazio has transformed his body, lost the extra pounds, now he dedicates body and soul to physical activity, and the results are seen.

 

One thing is certain, to stay in flight, you must also have a “beastly physique.” (an Italian song says that “it takes a beastly physique ….”).

 

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