I will translate this beautiful article.
The dream finally comes true and the three young artists of IL VOLO can sing in the presence of Pope Francis their special Ave Maria dedicated to him on the occasion of the 2017 Jubilee of Mercy. The occasion will be the World Youth Day, which will take place at Panama from 22 to 27 January next.
The three artists will perform during the vigil ceremony of the evening of January 26, in Campus San Giovanni Paolo II, where it is expected the presence of over a million people and the simultaneous transmission worldwide monovision of the event that will precede the Mass that the Pope will celebrate on Sunday 27 January.
“How to describe such a profound emotion? We are three young people – say Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio – among millions of young people like us, with the privilege of completing a dream: to sing on such an important occasion for such a special audience, the Pope and the beautiful youth.”
They had promised it to Bergoglio on the occasion of the private audience granted to them to donate to the Pope the first copy of their song Ave Maria Mater Misericordiaè with the intent of being able to perform it live in his presence.
This event will be an opportunity to meet young people from all over the world and live with them an experience of faith and communion.
With all of them Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio will sing a few pieces of the Latin American popular repertoire on the same occasion of the vigil. “2019 is the year of our tenth anniversary – the three artists add – and could not start better, giving us a unique opportunity that will accompany us forever in the memories of our career and our lives.”
Here the Pope’s program:
January 23 = 9:35 hours departure from Rome, arrival in Panama 4:50 pm
January 24 = Meeting with the President of the Republic of Panama and later with the bishops and inauguration of the WYD.
January 25 = Meeting with the inmates and Via Crucis.
January 26 = Mass from the S. Maria la Antigua Cathedral.
6:30 pm Vigil with young people in the San Juan Pablo II camp.
January 27 = 8 am, Mass for WYD, visit to the Buen Samaritano house, meeting with the GMG volunteers in the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
At 6:15 pm, return to Rome.
IL VOLO should sing at the Vigil with the youth, where they will sing songs of entertainment of the Latin American tradition and then at the Mass of the WYD where the Ave Maria Mater Misericordiaè will be sung.
It is because of Poland that we expect this to happen, because of the missed opportunity for IL VOLO to sing in Poland at the World Youth Day 2016.
What a thrill, singing in front of the Pope and the immense audience of people.
We will be glued to the television to see this incredible event.
Ever more proud of our boys.
Credit to owners of all photos.
An evening like so many, I scroll the television programs, and find nothing interesting.
Some images capture my interest, they are on RAI 5 and the images concern Sicily.
I stop to look at this beautiful island that I had the pleasure of visiting, far and wide, last year.
It is a beautiful program that combines images with beautiful verses of poets who have described these beauties.
At a certain point it speaks of Taormina and of the beautiful Greek Theater, and while an “off camera” voice describes the theater, in the background a music that I recognize well : UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, performed by IL VOLO.
With amazement I’m even more interested in it, it’s a cultural program and who thought that IL VOLO was suitable to decant its beauty.
I did not expect this surprise.
Daniela Ci, was able to reproduce the video of the moment in which there are our boys.
Look at it, it’s worth it.
I translate the background words, because they are really beautiful.
GUY DE MAUPASSANT 1883
The theater of Taormina is so wonderfully situated, that there is certainly no other comparable point in the world.
Where are the people who could do such things?
Where are the men capable of building, for the fun of the crowds, buildings like this?
Those men, those of the past, had a soul and eyes, which did not resemble our own.
In their veins, with blood, flowed, something that disappeared: love and admiration for beauty.
J.W.GOETHE Trip in Italy 1787
Beyond the high rock wall that rises to peak, not far from the beach, there are two rocks, connected by a semicircle, whose shape, whatever it was by nature, has been transformed by art, so as to make it a hemicycle amphitheater for spectators.
At the foot and transversely to the stepped hemicycle, the scene was built, joining the two rocks and thus completing a gigantic work of art and nature.
If we place ourselves at the highest point, occupied by the ancient spectators, we must recognize that never, probably, a theater audience will see something similar.
I had the chills, looking at those images, listening to those beautiful and appropriate words of the ancient poets and listening to the sweetness of our guys’ song ……. and you?
Credit to owners of photos and video.
Less than a month is left until the Sanremo Festival and as I feel you are interested in the event, I pass on the translation of how the various evenings will take place.
The 69th edition of the Festival of the Italian Song of Sanremo – which sees Claudio Baglioni’s artistic direction for the second year – will be broadcast on Rai1 from Tuesday, February 5 to Saturday, February 9, 2019 live from the Ariston Theater. The Festival will be divided into five evenings and, new this edition, will include a single race: there will be no more “champions” and “new proposals” but only artists who will compete on equal terms so that their song can achieve victory (two winners Sanremo Giovani – which will take place on 20 and 21 December – will enter the February 2019 competition).
First Evening (Tuesday, February 5, 2019)
The curtain will rise on stage at the Teatro Ariston and all 24 artists will sing their song for the first time.
The voting for each of the aforementioned songs will take place with mixed system: (i) of the public, through Televoto (vote from home through the phone),(ii) ( of the Demoscopic jury (a sample of 300 people selected among the regular users of music, will vote at home, through an electronic voting system) and (iii) of the jury of the Press Room (press room journalists) . The three voting systems will have – in determining the ranking of the 24 songs interpreted in the evening – a percentage weight distributed as follows: Televoto 40%; 30% Demographic jury; jury of the Press Room 30%.
Second Evening (Wednesday, February 6, 2019)
This will be an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to the second listening of 12 of the 24 songs in the competition.
Voting will take place in a mixed system: (i) of the public, through Televoto, (ii) of the Demoscopica jury and (iii) of the jury of the Press Room. The three voting systems will have – in determining the ranking of the 24 songs interpreted in the evening – a percentage weight distributed as follows: Televoto 40%; 30% Demographic jury; jury of the Press Room 30%.
Third Evening (Thursday 7 February 2019)
During this event we will be able to listen for the second time the remaining 12 of the 24 songs in the competition.
Voting will take place in a mixed system: (i) of the public, through Televoto, (ii) of the Demoscopica jury and (iii) of the jury of the Press Room. The three voting systems will have – in determining the ranking of the 12 songs interpreted in the evening – a percentage weight distributed as follows: Televoto 40%; 30% Demographic jury; jury of the Press Room 30%.
At the end of the Third Night there will be a ranking of all 24 songs / Artists, resulting from the average percentage of votes obtained during the First Night and those obtained during the Second Evening (for the first 12) and the Third evening (for the second 12).
Fourth Evening (Friday 8 February 2019)
It will be a real evening-event in which each artist will sing – in the company of a guest – his own song, in a version “revisited” for the occasion.
Voting in the evening will take place with mixed system, (i) of the public through the Televoto, (ii) of the jury of the Press Room and (iii) of the jury of the Experts (composed of characters from the world of music, entertainment, culture). The three voting systems in the evening will have a percentage weight distributed as follows: Televoto 50%; jury of the Press Room 30%; jury of experts 20%.
The average percentage of votes obtained in the evening and those obtained in the previous evenings will determine a ranking of the 24 songs / artists. Rai-Rai Uno Direction reserves the right to assign a special prize to the interpretation-performance with the most voted guest artist in the evening.
Fifth Evening – Final Evening (Saturday 9 February 2019)
After having listened to all 24 songs in the competition, we will discover the winning track of the 69th edition of the Italian Song Festival.
Voting will take place in a mixed system: (i) of the public, through Televoto, (ii) of the jury of the Press Room and (iii) of the jury of experts. The three voting systems in the evening will have a percentage weight distributed as follows: Televoto 50%; jury of the Press Room 30%; jury of experts 20%.
At the end of the voting, the average percentage of votes obtained in the evening and those obtained in the previous evenings will determine a ranking of the 24 songs / artists. Repetition – through live performance or through recording (RVM) of the last performance – of the 3 songs (or parts of them) that have obtained the highest overall score in the aforementioned ranking.
At the end, there will be a new vote, always with a mixed system: (i) of the public, through Televoto, (ii) of the jury of the Press Room and (iii) of the jury of experts. The three voting systems will always have a percentage weight distributed as follows: Televoto 50%; jury of the Press Room 30%; jury of experts 20%. The average of the voting percentages obtained in the last voting session and those obtained in the previous votes will determine a new ranking of the 3 songs / Artists. The song / Artist first in the standings will be proclaimed Winner of Sanremo 2019. The second and third classified will also be proclaimed.
Therefore you understand that voting at home will have a great weight.
We will be able to vote 5 times from every telephone (fixed or portable).
You can also vote from Europe if you use a telephone card (also minimum rechargeable) of the TIM operator, VODAFONE, WIND, 3. It is also possible to vote by text message.
I’m finding out if people in the U.S. can vote by mobile phone and if the vote will be valid.
Sanremo Young, which was broadcast in December, was also visible in live streaming, I think it will also be done for the February race.
This news has just been published: For those who do not have the opportunity to see the Festival, there is an alternative way to view it: watching the show in streaming, thanks to the RaiPlay platform, which is also completely free (however you must register).
I will keep you informed about live streaming and also about the possibility of voting.
Credit to owners of all photos.
The last concerts in Slovenia and Croatia are finished too.
IL VOLO has been very applauded.
Everywhere they have been admired for bravura, modesty and kindness.
But let’s go in order:
And this is the tweet of the U.S. Ambassador in Zagreb.
But now, let’s move on to the last great news:
IL VOLO will be back in the race at SANREMO !!!!!
Here is the moment of public news on television.
And this is the moment when the boys, at the end of the concert in Croatia, have become aware of their presence in Sanremo.
P = Hello everyone, we just finished a concert and we wanted to give you great news.
I = We have just learned that we too will be in Sanremo this year.
G = It will be the best way to celebrate our 10 years of career, returning to sing just in Sanremo, in the stage that saw us born.
P = Hello Claudio, see you in Sanremo.
You got it, right??
Il Volo will be back in Sanremo, but not as guests, as COMPETITORS, they will do the whole race, will suffer criticism, the votes from home and jurors, in short, a real race like almost 4 years ago.
My God, what have these 3 guys thought about doing?
If the result is not positive, they will be very criticized …. but they are already very used to this thing.
We have to say that they deserve all our esteem, just because they will redo the whole race. They could avoid, because they are already famous, and certainly it is much more comfortable being in cotton ……. but NO, they love the risk and we, volovers of the whole world, we must give them all our support.
They will be hard days, exciting, tense, but if they succeed in repeating the success, they would open the streets again for Eurovision.
If you are worried, because participating in Sanremo would mean that they will not make the US tour, my opinion is that you can rest assured, Sanremo will be from 5 to 9 February and Torpedine said the tour will start at Radio City Music Hall in March. I do not think the program will change.
Their song will surely be a pop-opera song, the title MUSICA CHE RESTA means “A music that remains” that you will not forget!
And we hope it’s really like that, I wish them with all my heart.
Good luck, guys, you deserve all the possible success!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
The publication of the special CHRISTMAS VOICES with IL VOLO on RAI 1, despite the very late hour, as I have already told you, had an excellent response to the audience
Gina has found this beautiful article that does justice to our guys and that I now translate. Thanks Gina.
Listen to Auditel TV: At Christmas, the three tenors of IL VOLO double Michael Bublé.
IL VOLO – Voci di Natale registered in Lebanon for the Unifil mission soldiers left the Bublè concert in Hollywood in the dust.
The TV ratings and Auditel data of Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in the late evening see the three tenors of IL VOLO leave in the dust Michael Bublé.
Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble flew to Lebanon to sing in front of the Italian soldiers engaged in the Unifil mission, recording between Tire and Shama’s Military Base the special IL VOLO – Voci di Natale and the bet of Rai1, proved to be winning.
Already because Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have conquered 2,007,000 spectators with 12.9% share, while on Canale 5 Michael Bublé with Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood has stopped at 703.000 spectators equal to 7.7%.
Almost double the share, therefore, for the three tenors (although to be precise, only two of them are tenors while the third is a baritone) who have moved the military away from their loved ones and their families at Christmas, and even the public at home.
We are really happy with the results obtained, it could not be otherwise.
The year 2019 there will be many commitments for Ignazio Gianluca and Piero, but the year is not over yet, there is still a commitment for 2018.
IL VOLO will participate in the program L’ANNO CHE VERRÀ on December 31, they will be guests, among many guests.
Here is the announcement, I will translate the most interesting parts for you.
L’ANNO CHE VERRÀ, New Year on RAI 1 with Amadeus and IL VOLO
On Monday, December 31st at 9 pm, an evening of music begins in the company of young tenors but also of the likes of Malika Ayane and Massimo Ranieri.
The big show of the New Year of RAI 1 is back: it will be Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, the frame of “The Year to Come”. An event as always rich in culture, entertainment, music and dance, this year live from the city of “Sassi”, which with its scenic beauty and historical traditions is UNESCO heritage: at the helm always Amadeus.
From the 21st, as soon as the end of year message of the President of the Republic is over, the suggestive location of Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Matera will host a kermesse (festival) of over four hours, created in collaboration with the Basilicata Region and the Municipality of Matera. Also this year “L’Anno che Verrà”, broadcast in HD on Channel 501, will be broadcast live on Rai Radio1 with a special on-site conducted by Carlotta Tedeschi and John Vignola who will perform incursions and interviews from the backstage during the direct.
Tradition, young stars, news and some unexpected surprise “of the last moment”: on the stage the great Massimo Ranieri will rise, the Istrione for exception, multifaceted artist with multiple qualities that made him unique for all the kind of show he himself interpreted during his long career, with the trio of “IL VOLO” returned to Italy after many tours and successes around the world.
In the picture, Matera, capital of culture 2019, the city of “stones”, where the show of the expectation of the new year will take place, with many guests.
We have not yet finished the clamor of the beautiful program VOICES OF CHRISTMAS that already the guys have another commitment, but this time certainly closer and even less demanding.
Here is a nice video made by TORINO ASPETTA IL VOLO E POI … with a beautiful summary of all the commitments of IL VOLO in 2018.
Ok guys, let us finish the 2018 well and start the 2019 even better.
And now, from Italy comes to all the crew a great wish for a happy 2019, full of health, prosperity, love………. and many concerts of IL VOLO.
GOOD 2019 AND WISHES TO EVERYONE!
And here are our guys a few hours ago celebrating the arrival of the new year, very good as always.
Granda Amore – Click Here
The boys confirm that in 2019 they celebrate 10 years together and the best way to do it is to return to the stage of Sanremo, where they were born.
Volare – Click Here
In this brief backstage interview, the boys confirm that 2019 will be a year full of nice surprises. They are asked how the presentation will be in Sanremo and Gianluca says they will present an “explosive” music.
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
It’s Christmas Day, it’s 11pm in Italy, on RAI 1, as promised, the special registered by IL VOLO in military camps in Lebanon begins, based on an idea by Michele Torpedine.
I try to translate for you by summarizing in degrees.
The video is interspersed with actions taken at the base, songs performed by the guys in the military canteen and songs performed on stage during the concert.
Between one connection and another there are also personal greetings from the military to their families at home.
The video speaks for itself, simply magnificent. The clickable link is below.
Begin with the speech of the defense minister Elisabetta Trenta.
“Hi guys (she turns to the military) , tonight, I had to be with you, but I can not, because I’m here in Afghanistan with your colleagues, here behind me, and they greet you with me.
I take this opportunity to give you many Christmas greetings, to wish your families best wishes, to bring you my greetings, greetings from the government and the whole country.
Thank you for what you do, thanks to your families who, perhaps, will look at us right now, thanks to everyone and, very soon.
The guys are picked up at the airport as they leave for Lebanon. (in the background you can hear My Way)
and on their arrival received by the military.
On the bus to the base, Captain Gianluca Rosa explains that they are approaching the base near Shama, about 10 km from the Israeli border.
At the Millevoi base, they are welcomed with these nice words:
“I welcome you on behalf of everyone, it is an immense joy to have you here, when a piece of Italy comes here, makes us less distant from home, not just for me, but for everyone”
G = It will be an adventure that we will certainly tell, first of all to our families, but then also to our children and grandchildren.
To Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio are assigned a room like those of real soldiers.
The following morning they witness the raising of the flag and the singing of the Italian anthem. (very moving)
Welcome is given with applause to Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca de IL VOLO.
P = Beautiful
Military = For us it is the most significant moment of the day.
I = I have to say that behind me I heard people in tune.
P = Behind me, a little less !!
From the theater of Tiro, White Christmas.
The guys go to visit the souk, the typical Arab market.
The mission of the blue helmets is explained to the guys.
The blue helmets must be impartial towards the people, they must understand and deepen the knowledge of the people of those places in order to have their trust.
From the canteen of the military: Santa Claus is coming to town.
Ignazio = I was born in Bologna from a Sicilian family, I always lived Christmas as a return to Sicily to my grandparents and uncles, then, the true spirit of Christmas, I’ve been feeling it now in recent years, since we started traveling, is the only time of year, Christmas, more beautiful, because we can return home to families, I personally to my sister, that I, I hardly ever see.
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca then visit the archaeological site of Al Bas di Tiro, of Roman and Byzantine culture.
Gianluca = At Christmas I always sang in church, I sang the Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. My grandfather very happy in the front row, even the parish priest of the village, because I live in Montepagano, a small town near the sea, in Roseto degli Abruzzi, so we all know each other and as a child they knew me as the singer of the country, we are a big family in my little country.
This is nice, because everyone loves me and I love everyone, as when I go out in the morning to have coffee at the bar, even Christmas is wonderful because everyone gathered in the square and we celebrate Christmas together as a big family.
From the theater of Tiro, Silent Night.
The boys are made to wear a blue helmet, symbol of military in peace action UN.
Piero and Gianluca enter a tank.
Ignazio explains the function of the automatic defensive turret.
I = It is a beautiful responsibility and a great tension every time you use a vehicle of this type, of course it is your job, but behind it there is a series of sacrifices and study.
From the canteen of the military: Christmas Medley.
Ignazio asks the commander what UNIFIL means.
The general of division Stefano Del Col explains that UNIFIL is very important because for 12 years it is the guarantor of peace in the area, controls and recalls those who border and guarantees that the borders are controlled.
It includes 43 nations, 10,500 peacekeepers and 1,000 civilians.
The blue bins delimit the dividing line and are spread over 120 km and guarantee a strip of peace.
Ignazio says that they are honored to have been part of the story in the few days they stayed in Lebanon.
Piero thanks the general for dedicating part of his time to them.
The general thanks IL VOLO for bringing a piece of Italy in this Middle Eastern context. Together they wish Merry Christmas.
From the theater of Tiro and from the canteen of the military : Grande Amore.
The guys visit the helicopter hangar and get on one of them. (in the background you can hear IL Mondo)
There are always two helicopters ready for any mission.
P = Today, as soon as you breathe Christmas air, you breathe the air of home, because fortunately for the work we do, we turn a lot, we are hardly ever at home, but Christmas is a must return, also because our families have separated, some cousins have left for abroad. Unfortunately in Sicily there are not so many job opportunities and some have been forced to leave home. So Christmas is a moment of recollection for everyone, I can only think of a “moment of joy”.
From the canteen of the military : Smile.
From the theater of Tiro : Adeste Fideles.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, sing, in the canteen of the military, along with the children who were orphaned, and who now live in the military base.
I = Today we sang with the children, a Christmas song. Even more beautiful, it was hear them sing in Italian.
P = This morning, singing along with those “magic” children, was a set of indescribable chills.
G= Today we had the great privilege to sing along with some children who unfortunately were orphaned because of the war. That gave us an even stronger emotion and it was really moving.
From the theater of Tiro : O Holy Night.
A moment of leisure, a game of football in the military base.
And Jingle Bells played with Arabian atmosphere.
From the canteen of the military : ’O Surdato Nnammurato.
From the theater of Tiro : Volare (Nel Blu dipinto di blu).
P = For us it was a very special Christmas, we hope to have given you a smile.
I = Special because … starting from playing soccer with the children, doing crazy experiences inside a tank, by helicopter, letting us explain the life of these soldiers. Everything was exciting.
G = Also because these experiences make you a better person, enrich the soul, and we can say that, despite our different characters, this experience has united us three even more.
I = Being here, has made us more proud of being Italian.
P = Now is the time of the good wishes, from Il Volo …
PIG = Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Torpedine = The next event will be in Panama, at the end of January, on the World Youth Day, the meeting with the Pope. We hope to travel with him and sing the Ave Maria during the Pope’s Mass.
Here are the guys with the RAI troupe who followed them in Lebanon.
Still some beautiful shots.
This program has thrilled me so much, I was very proud of my “Italian being”.
These guys are really UNIQUE, immense treasures, sensitive, educated, humble and good.
The idea of the program was Torpedine’s and I must say, honor of merit, he always has some brilliant ideas.
The topics were treated in a delicate way and the songs were followed with such sweetness and involvement.
The latest news given by Torpedine, the presence of the boys at World Youth Day, where they will sing before the Pope was another twist, another step that makes me even more proud of them.
2019 will be a very intense year indeed.
But no fear will come on tour in America, wait and see!
Of course, despite VOCI DI NATALE was broadcast on RAI 1 at 11.00 pm, you must know that it has made the record of ratings !!!! News that makes us even happier.
We thank Il Volo Sicilia for the photos and
Il Volo Mundial (Oficial) for the Facebook video.