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TORPEDINE-RENIS, LET’S MAKE THE POINT! by Daniela

In these days we have all seen articles published concerning the definition in the first instance of the complaint for the dispute between RENIS-TORPEDINE and the subsequent declaration of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

So let’s try to do a little order.

This article, published in Bologna on 30 September 2019, informed us that there was a dispute with a subsequent complaint by Tony Renis, against Michele Torpedine, for the management of Il Volo.

la Repubblica – Bologna Article 2019 – Click Here

I translate the article:

BOLOGNA – The dispute over the management of the earnings of ‘Il Volo’, the trio of singers who surprisingly won the Sanremo Festival in 2015, ends on trial and causes two big names in Italian music, once partners and also friends, to fight. The Prosecutor of Bologna has in fact sued the music producer Michele Torpedine, former manager of Zucchero and Lucio Dalla, among others, for mismanagement of earnings or wealth.

It all stems from a complaint filed four years ago by the lawyers Antonio Cappuccio and Tiziana Zambelli, defenders of Tony Renis, aka Elio Cesari, and who will now appear as a civil party “for due compensation for the damage.”

So, the complaint was made in 2015.

I read  also in another article of 2018 that Renis filed the complaint in September 2015, the year in which in February, Il Volo wins Sanremo and in May is at Eurovision.

The quarrel goes on in the Italian courts. Initially, archiving  is requested , because some documents from those years cannot be found, but Renis’ lawyers oppose and the controversy continues, until a couple of days ago, when the court issues the first instance sentence, which we all have read.

la Repubblica – Bologna Article 2020 – Click Here

I translate for you.

The dispute over the management of the earnings of ‘Il Volo’, the trio that won the Sanremo Festival in 2015, ends in the first degree, with a one-year sentence for the music producer Michele Torpedine, accused in Bologna for patrimonial infidelity.

The criminal case was born from a complaint presented by the defenders of Elio Cesari, aka Tony Renis: Torpedine was originally the director and Renis was a 50% shareholder of Rentor, the company that managed the trio exclusively. The investigations disputed a conflict of interest linked to a contract that in 2014 Torpedine entered into an exclusive agreement in favor of Family Srl, of which he was sole director. With this deed he would have caused Rentor damage equal to the loss of the exclusive rights and the compensation related to the trio’s activities.

The court also sentenced to civil compensation, ordered an executive provisional for Rentor, constituted a civil party with the liquidator Marzia Chessa, defense of the lawyer Gabriele Bordoni, of 50 thousand euros and 20 thousand for Renis, defended by the lawyers Antonio Cappuccio and Tiziana Zambelli, plus 10 thousand in court costs. Torpedine was defended by prof. Gaetano Insolera.

So, for the moment, a verdict has been issued that sentences Michele Torpedine to one year in prison and to pay 80,000 euros.

This quarrel has been going on since 2015 and 5 years have passed, and in all this time, Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, have NEVER given their opinion, but at the publication of the verdict, Il Volo made this publication:

Michele, sometimes truth and justice need time. We know you well. You have been by our side for more than 10 years. You defended us from everyone, you fought for us, you taught us so much and above all you love us. You always made us understand who we should trust and who instead preferred to use us for their own interests and personal glory. We are proud to have chosen you and to have renewed our trust, for ten years, day after day. This is a truth that no sentence can hinder. For the rest, just have patience: in the end the truth always comes. In life and also in the courts.

Really beautiful words, which express all their solidarity and their affection for the one who has always followed them and who has not forgotten them in moments when notoriety was tarnishing, but, like a good father, has always kept them holding hands and indicated the way to follow.

Susan De Bartoli has published a beautiful writing, which many have already read and which summarizes what we all fans of Il Volo feel in our hearts.

Grazie mille Susan, for expressing so well in words the feelings of all of us! Here it is:

An Open Letter to Michele Torpedine:

These three families gave you their sons because they trusted you and believed in you! What you have done for these young men over the last 10 years has helped them to become the fine young men they are today! You always gave them the best advice and they trusted you and believed in you and that is why they are at your side today! You are proud of them as you should be because you helped make them who they are today!

On many occasions I have heard them praise you for all that you have done for them. They said you taught them everything they know but, above all you taught them to stand on their own two feet and to deal with everything that has been thrown at them over the years. You never left their side! You always defended them! You are a second father to them! And you went above and beyond to teach them everything you knew. You love them and they love you!

We believe in you and thank you for what you have done for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca! I know you always acted in their best interest! I stand with you! The truth will prevail.

It is only at the first degree sentence, therefore Torpedine will certainly oppose.

But I wonder why the complaint was made in September 2015, after the excellent results of Sanremo and Eurovision and the upcoming concerts?

By the admission of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca themselves, who returned from America, here in Italy and in Europe, they were not known.

They might have been a flop, and in that case they wouldn’t be interested in anyone anymore, but Torpedine has always believed in them, and therefore, with the new notoriety comes the fight.

It goes without saying that I’m on Torpedine’s side, and I think I also interpret the thoughts of all of you who love Il Volo. 

The dispute will continue and we will read the various results, then the law will be able to put an end to this unpleasant situation.

Daniela 

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THE LION OF THE SAVANNAH

A couple of days ago, a photo of the maestro Alessandro Quarta appeared on Facebook, whom we all remember he accompanied with his violin the performance of “Musica Che Resta” on the fourth evening of Sanremo 2019, very special photo, because it portrayed him in a bed in the hospital.
Here he is.

Accompanied by this, his comment:
TORNERÒ più Forte di Prima, questo è SICURO!!!!!
Dovevo togliere qualcosa di troppo nel mio corpo, qualcosa che non era gradito!!! Ma sto bene, anzi…più forte di prima!!!
Un grosso abbraccio a tutti amici miei e vi terrò aggiornato quotidianamente
Ale

I WILL COME BACK Stronger Than Before, This is SAFE ❤ !!!!!
I had to remove something too much in my body, something that was not welcome !!! But I’m fine, indeed … stronger than before !!!
A big hug to all my friends and I’ll keep you updated daily. ❤
Ale

Many of us wished him a speedy recovery, thinking of some small intervention, even Michele Torpedine commented:
Mick Torp:
Hi Alessandro I can’t imagine how much you will be stronger than before … given the previous level !!!!!! A lot IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF !!!
Today Alessandro published a video, which moved us very much, and left us all speechless, and which I translate for you.
As you can see, I am about to be discharged from the Bolzano Hospital.
What happened? I’ll explain it to you right away. A tumor of 8×5 cm, here, located between the vascular bundle of the neck, and the cranial nerves, as well as at the point where the violin rests.
In the last three years I was struggling to hold the violin (he means still on the neck), it escaped me and it had never happened ….. to try to keep it still I made movements with my head (he makes the movement and it feels bad and then he says) ouch, I have to make it slower (the movement, otherwise it causes pain), because I felt it (the violin) escape from the neck, as if someone was pushing it away and it was this “Easter egg” in here.
I was very afraid,…. yes, however,…. “what does not kill us strengthens us.”  Nobody knew.
I thank Professor Luca Calabrese, European luminary, for face and neck cancers, the Bolzano hospital who treated me and where everyone pampered me in a wonderful way.
And then I thank all of you, you have been many, many, many, many, you have been close to me, you have given me courage, strength.
Who stops Alessandro Quarta?
I’ll come back stronger than before, guys, the lion of the savannah will come back, the pirate … call me whatever you want …. nobody stops me.
I am tired of Covid, I want to return to you, we hope that this Covid disappears as soon as possible, I can’t take it anymore.
I want to live again.
I don’t give a damn about money, I want to live, I want to play in front of you (wipes a tear).
What the hell do you do with money if you get cancer and die!
Thank you, for being close to me, and see you very soon, strength!!
“What doesn’t kill you strengthens you.”
Bye.

It was really a great shock to see this man, who looks like an indestructible rock, get “naked” and thank us for giving him strength and courage.
Alessandro, the warmth of your audience has arrived.
You’ve been through a tough time, but we’re sure you’ll come back strong and confident to what your home is also, the stage.
We will all be there to applaud you, because you are good, but also because we LOVE YOU !! 
We are waiting for you, “lion of the savannah”.
Daniela

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A CHARISMATIC BOY by Daniela

Two weeks ago, Gianluca surprised us, because he published the entire letter from a fan named Martina.

It is a very sweet letter, to which Gianluca briefly replied.

Being a writing, I thought that everyone would translate it, in fact many Facebook pages immediately published the translation.

A couple of days ago, however, a specific request for this translation arrived via e-mail, therefore, we publish it, perhaps not all of you have read it.

(Judy, this is for you)

This is the letter published by Gianluca.

Dear Gianluca,

My name is Martina. I am 19 years old and I have not walked since birth due to damage done by doctors. You are my strength, for this I have decided to write you this letter.

I’m excited just to write about you.

It excites me because every time I do it comes back to me the most beautiful awareness I have, that of having you in my life! I have you in a special way, in a way like I have never had any person before, I have you, and you are there, if real,  you  are alive and breathe the life you improve with the mere fact of existing.

There are no words that can explain, there are no eyes that can keep you inside without bursting into a cry of pure joy, there is no heart that can resist bursting with love, there are no hands that are enough to hold yours even at a distance, there are no and never will be arms so long to be able to embrace everything of you, given what it is then, your immensity!

There is one thing I know, that you will always be the most beautiful fable that I will tell myself to find courage, and the most beautiful one that I will tell when I am a woman when I am a mother, to my children, to make them believe in dreams. I will tell about you.
I already see myself there. Excited to tell them how much this man has profoundly changed my life, how much love I received from him, how much he made me feel, how much courage, strength and determination he gave me, how much life he unconsciously taught me … and I’ll tell him how I first met happiness !!

How someone up there gave it to me stuck in your smile and in your beautiful eyes, and in those arms that I held tightly enough to leave a mark inside my soul. Thanks to you, this wheelchair no longer exists for me even if it exists.

@ gianginoble11 I hope to hug you soon even if it is not easy having this situation … you are my strength.
your Martina

And here is Gianluca’s simple and affectionate answer.

Hi Martina, you moved me, you are in my heart. 

Hope to hug you soon.
Gianluca.

In these moments of Covid, Gianluca also wanted to sponsor this beautiful initiative.

THE SMILE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19.

The book, dedicated “To the victims of Covid-19 and to those who fight every day to treat the sick and defeat the virus”, also has a beneficial purpose. The authors have in fact decided to support, with part of the proceeds, the “Banco di Solidarity Santina Ruggieri” in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

But there was also another event. Gianluca went to visit a museum, the museum that talks about the people of Abruzzo.

Here is the article announcing Gianluca’s visit and which I am translating for you.

IL PESCARA Article – Click Here

Gianluca Ginoble from Il Volo paid a visit this morning to the Museum of the People of Abruzzo. The young tenor from Abruzzo arrived in Pescara accompanied by his father Ercole, his grandfather and his uncle, to make – with interest and curiosity – a journey to rediscover his roots. Here’s what Ginoble said:

“For me, enhancing Abruzzo, my land, is important. I do it with music and with my voice, but it is a great pride and a privilege to know that I have such beautiful things close to us, true works of art. For older people, they have the value of memories. They are important, however, especially for young people, who must know and appreciate them, they must discover and pass them on. And it is also the task of parents, families, to guide them along this along this path.”

On his itinerary Ginoble was accompanied by the vice president of the Genti d’Abruzzo foundation, Luigi Di Alberti, and by the director Letizia Lizza, who guided him through display cases, finds and artifacts. Gianluca paid particular attention to musical instruments self-produced by shepherds, but also to tools related to the typical products of the area, such as wines and oils. Enchanted stop also in the ceramics room. The artist has promised that he will soon return to the city to visit the Cascella Museum as well.

Here, a nice video of the visit, with the translation for you.

VOICE= A third of Il Volo, this morning, at the museum of the people of Abruzzo, in Pescara.
Exclusive opening for Gianluca Ginoble, a special visitor.

GIAN = It’s the first time, and in any case a great pleasure to enhance places like this. I’m proudly from Abruzzo, so absolutely, when you can give visibility to places like this museum, it’s always a great pleasure for me.

VOICE = Maybe it will also be an opportunity to find inspiration for some song.

GIAN = Why not, we are working on new things, it is a period unfortunately, which does not allow us to shoot, to tour right now, so we can concentrate a little more on the music, for sure.

VOICE = Young, important, eager to know the traditions of his territory, so we welcomed him, very happy with this, and now we will accompany him along the exhibition itinerary, which tells the story of our region. We also found out that he is an antiquity history buff so we are really happy with this visit.

VOICE = How did you find out about this possibility to visit the museum?

GIAN = Thanks to my uncle, whom I greet, whom I love very much.

I also had the pleasure of meeting special people, so thank you.

VOICE = Uncle would like you to visit him, he has been waiting for you for two years.

GIAN = I know, but sometimes we see each other, based on commitments, and then with the lock-down it was not possible, but sometimes we see each other. The importance of the family, the family is the most important thing, must always be valued.

Finally a last video, just to show that Gianluca does not forget to train his beautiful voice!

Congratulations Gianluca, your kind soul can only bring big smiles in our faces, smiles of pride because once again we are aware that each of our three boys is a real rare pearl!

I heard right “….. we are working on new things ….” – wow wow, what a thrill !!

Daniela

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TUTTI A SCUOLA by Daniela

Ok, I just attended the performance of Il Volo in the program broadcast by RAI 1 of TUTTI A SCUOLA and I’m still on a cloud.

Thanks guys, it’s been so long that I haven’t heard that beautiful song from your voices anymore and I’m still excited ………. but let’s go in order.

This program is broadcast every year on the day of the opening of the schools, and is broadcast by RAI1.

Today, 14 September 2020, in Italy is the first day of school and this year is a very special opening, because the schools have been closed since early March.

So the message is really strong, it reopens, a thought to the future, with many problems in the present, still not fully overcome, but with a lot of confidence and emotion.

Furthermore, instead of making this connection from Rome, as every year, this year in compliance with the anti-Covid rules, the program is broadcast in Vo’ Euganeo, one of the countries most affected by the virus, a country that has a sad record in the number of deaths.

Many guests will participate in the event, in the presence of our President of the Republic: Sergio Mattarella and other constitutional offices.

Il Volo is the most awaited guest, who will conclude the event, before the speech of our President.

But here they are, always beautiful, elegant but with sneakers, IL VOLO.

Tutti a Scuola Performance – Click Here

Beautiful opening of their performance with the beautiful GRANDE AMORE, which we always listen with pleasure.

I translate for you the speech after Grande Amore.

Man = Good, good, good, very good!

Women = Mamma mia, what a thrill.

G + I + P = Thank you, thank you all.

Man = And then, finally seeing you again on stage, being able to listen to you and admire and enjoy your talent, after very complicated months.

We talked to each other on the computer, via Skype during Eurovision (this year he presented Eurovision Italia) and we had said to ourselves: sooner or later it will start again…..

Piero = Today is a special day, a day of hope. We are delighted to be present at this fantastic event and we send a big hug to all the kids who are back at school today. Study is the most important thing.

Man = Perfect! Guys, by the way, what kind of relationship did you have with school?

Ignazio = It’s really exciting to be here after the lockdown …..

Man = Ah, you avoid the question??

Ignazio = No, why did you understand?? (laughter)

Seriously, we are happy to be here.

Before, a very painful point was touched (bullying) that I experienced too, so I understand and I am very close…….

Man = Are you talking about difficulties at school?

Ignazio = No, I’m talking about cyberbullying in general.

Social media is a serious thing, we often use them, just to play, to have fun, but they are a very serious thing. Social networks give everyone a voice, but not everyone has the intelligence to know how to use them in the right way.

So we are very close to all the guys who need support, we are helping a lot of people, and we are also creating a Foundation for that.

Woman = Beautiful.

Ignazio = Yes, because in 2020 we are far ahead, but also far behind in the way we behave.

Woman = We hope that the school also does a good job, teaching these kids to use social media well.

Man = The real revolution starts from school, education. A teacher, a pupil, a notebook, a pen, and you can begin, not only to dream, but to change the world.

Thanks guys for the introduction to this beautiful speech, which has not been prepared, I am truly amazed.

Ignazio = You were talking about this speech before and it is something that touches us a lot.

Gianluca = Also because, dedicating ourselves to culture, to study, not only makes us educated people, it also helps us to look at the world with other eyes, to the point of making us better people, with a pinch of empathy, of sensitivity, this can happen. So we renew our “good luck” to all students and also to children.

Man = “Better and free people,” said Gianni Rodari (Italian writer). “Study if you want to be free.”

But you have a gift, a little for us, but above all for our extraordinary President.

You explain it yourself.

Piero = Today we have decided to pay homage to the Italian column of music in the world, the maestro Ennio Morricone. (applause)

Man = About the music of “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Malena”, right?

Piero = Exactly, a piece entitled E PIÙ TI PENSO.

Man = Great names like Renis, Mogol participated in this song. And you sing.

Gianluca = We always remember this song with great affection, because we were just over 15 years old, when we had the honor of singing and performing with the great maestro Ennio Morricone.

Man = You speak like a 90-year-old….. and you already have a 10-year career ….. you started at 8 …. (laughter), you are still very young: Il Volo !!

Il Volo sings E PIÙ TI PENSO.

Man = I’m speechless, really, and then live, from a few meters …

Gianluca =  Really Thanks, we also want to thank the maestro Leonardo De Amicis (he directed the guys at Ti Lascio Una Canzone) and all the musicians of the orchestra, who are all boys, just like us. Thank you.

Man = Anyway you joke, but talent, only by studying, studying, can reach certain levels. Thanks, good job and good flight, infinite flight.

I + P + G = Thank you

Man = Hurray for Il Volo, who greets our President, I recommend you distance and mask.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca go down to greet the President, wearing the mask first.

The guys get a personal applause from our President, standing in front of them.

Great guys!!

But let me spend a few words on the superb interpretation they gave of E PIÙ TI PENSO!

How long have we not heard this song sung by Il Volo.

I would like to clarify that Tony Renis wrote the words on this beautiful music by Maestro Morricone, with the aim that it would be sung by Il Volo, then almost unknown kids in Italy.

Since then it has only been sung a few times by them.

On this occasion, they surpassed themselves, with an interpretation full of emotion, a unique sweetness and harmony, which only Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero can produce.

As the presenter said, talent yes, but also a lot of study to achieve this.

Again, I am very proud of them.

After the performance of Il Volo, there was the speech of our President of the Republic. A very long speech but with very beautiful pieces that I translate for you.

“Today is an important day. The inauguration of the school year, never, as on this occasion, has the value and significance of a restart, for the whole of society.

The children feel it, the adults understand it, and also the institutions. We are facing a decisive challenge. Starting over from Vo’ Euganeo gives even more the sense of how this challenge affects the whole country. Just as here in Vo’, after the anguish and closures, life has resumed at full speed, so the reopening of the schools expresses the full recovery of the life of Italy.”……

“As we prepare for tomorrow, we feel the need to remember those affected by the disease, the many broken lives, and the pain suffered by many. We will not forget, and we will try to learn from the exceptional and dramatic events that have affected all continents and that still keep us busy, requiring responsibility and prudence.”…….

“The precautionary measures have become a test that the Italian people have been able to face, as in other difficult moments in its history.

The school also serves this purpose, to train aware citizens, to defeat ignorance with knowledge, to curb fears with culture, to share responsibilities.

The school, the culture, the continuous confrontation, are also antidotes to the virus of violence and intolerance, which can also infect the community, if attention is reduced.”…..

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

Beautiful words from our President, but also the words spoken by our boys, unprepared speeches, which make me even more proud of them, are beautiful and appropriate.

Ignazio said they are preparing a Foundation to help the children.

What wonderful people.

I love them.

Daniela

Let’s watch the video of E PIÙ TI PENSO, sung years ago by three little friends, emerging artists: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca: IL VOLO. ❤️❤️❤️

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IGNAZIO: FUN IS ALWAYS ON THE STAGE by Daniela

Where do we find Ignazio on an ordinary evening?? In Piacenza, in front of Palazzo Farnese, there is a concert by Andrea Mingardi, a good Italian singer-songwriter.

The concert was scheduled for the end of August, but due to Covid it was canceled and resumed on 9 September, with all the Covid rules of distancing in the square and the obligation for those who attend the concert to wear a mask.

Andrea Mingardi turned 80 on 1 August and already deserves applause for this.

With him is a band of 11 musicians, among which we recognize Bruno Farinelli, the nice and good drummer who currently works with Il Volo.

Who knows if it is thanks to Bruno that Ignazio is on that stage, but we see the performance in this video.

Andrea Mingardi, presents to the audience: Bruno and Ignazio!!

 

Ignazio, what a treasure you are, to duet with an artist like Mingardi, too bad it’s short.

But from another angle we can see more of this short video.

I translate their speech to you:

AM = Talent and youth, and then he also plays football well !!

I = I must say that, I am young and I have attended only few concerts, this is one of the few that I have seen, and it is beautiful. It was nice for a boy to hear a little history of music, because in any case you are part of Italian music, to hear it told by you is to hear about all the Italian blues.

AM = When there were still galena (crystal) radios (type of radio without batteries or electricity they pick up radio waves only with a long antenna).

I = Yes, you and all your girlfriends from Piacenza (beautiful city in Emilia Romagna, not far from Bologna).

AM = It’s easy for you, because you are a talent, you are a nice guy, you are nice, witty, you introduce yourself to the girls …. you are Ignazio from Il Volo …. do this (snaps his fingers) …. how do all the girls arrive??? On the fly!! (laughs)

Instead for us, it was much more difficult, the girls of our generation, they were witches, they kept you away with their elbows, so much so that those who are over 40 still have bruises here (on the belly), and then it was much more difficult for us.

But I feel that you have an incredible voice …. all three (Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca) are good ….

I = (pretends to play violin and executes Love Story) Thank you, thank you. Let’s do two screams together??

AM = Sure, let’s do EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE, I start and you answer me.

I = But I can do (mentions short refrain of the song)

AM = Let’s go, so listen !! Because it is a celebration.

I = Otherwise I’m going to play the drums!

AM = No …. are you there?? (they start singing)

(Part of the speech, in closer video.)

This is a photo posted by Bruno Farinelli, with this comment:
“Last night in Piacenza was a truly wonderful evening! Full of REAL friends, surprises, unscheduled and full of desire to have fun and make music together!!!”

Thanks to all the guys in Andrea’s band and a special thanks to Andrea, Ignazio and Corrado!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

What can I say, our Ignazio is fantastic, and this is a rhythm that he really likes.

That’s  determination!!

And Andrea Mingardi is also good, it is clear that he was happy to have Ignazio on stage, because our boys know how to make everyone love them !!

As Bruno said, a nice evening with friends ….. and with Ignazio, fun is guaranteed.

Daniela


Saturday a new television engagement of Il Volo was announced.

Today September 14, is the day of the start of schools here in Italy, Il Volo will be a guest in a program on RAI 1 at 4:35pm Italian time.

The program is dedicated to the opening of the school year and our President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will be present.

See you soon!!

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.