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REPUBLIC DAY IN ITALY

How do Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca identify as Italians?
Today is a National Holiday in Italy. It is Republic Day. It commemorates the birth of the Republic of Italy with the constitutional referendum of 1946, when the Italian population was called to decide what form of government (monarchy or republic) to give to the country after World War II and the fall of fascism. After 85 years of monarchy, Italy decided on the abolition of the monarchy, ruled by the House of Savoy, and established the Republic.

Italian flag

Italians are the only people in the world who do not identify with their country. They identify with their region and their people. In America we are all immigrants. We all came from someplace else. If you ask a German where his family is from, he’ll say Germany, same with France, Spain etc. but if you asked me where my family is from, I would answer, my mothers’ family is from Abruzzo, my fathers’ father is from Calabria with roots in Marsala and fathers mother is born in New York and her family was from Campania. We never say we are from Italy. We associate with who our parents are and the region of Italy they came from.

Map of Italy and Regions

Think about the guys. Now we know they are Italian, born in Italy but Gianluca says I’m Abruzzese, Piero says I’m Sicilian and Ignazio, is the interesting one that proves my point. He says he’s Sicilian but, he was born in Bologna in Emilia Romagna. Why Sicilian, because his parents are Sicilian born in Sicily. Which begs the question, what will Ignazio’s children be?
So, 150 years after the unification of Italy, nothing has changed.
They are who their people are!

Green, white and red Italian heart graphic

Today, live from the Arena di Verona, for the feast of the Italian Republic, Il Volo will perform the “Canto degli Italiani” (national anthem).

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing in the Arena tunnel

The hymn was written by Goffredo Mameli, poet and patriot of the 1800s.

Goffredo Mameli who wrote the Italian national anthem

And here it is the beautiful interpretation performed by Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, certainly proud to sing ancient words of unchanged charm.
Click on photo below to hear IL VOLO sing the Italian national anthem.

Aerial view of Verona Arean

At the beginning of the video the boys say some thoughts.
Gianluca reads the first article of the Italian Constitution.
GIANLUCA = Italy is a Democratic Republic founded on work, sovereignty belongs to the people who exercise it in the forms and within the limits of the Constitution.
IGNAZIO = We want to honor this anniversary by singing the anthem of Italy, which is a Risorgimento song.
PIERO = And it is a resurgence, what we wish for Italy and for all Italians.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing in the Arena tunnel

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing in the Arena tunnel

 

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Happy Easter 2021 by Daniela

Unfortunately, again this year, for the second year, Easter 2021 will be a subdued party, but certainly not for the anniversary that always has a great value in our hearts, but for the celebrations that flow from it.
The strict anti-covid rules do not allow us to celebrate in happy company as we would like, but to honor the feast of the resurrection in an intimate way, and for some it will even be solitary.

Closeup of Pope Francis praying

So once again yesterday, during the Via Crucis on Holy Friday, we saw the solitary Pope praying in front of a beautiful empty St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis praying in an empty St. Peter's Square

But the resurrection means the beginning of a new life, hope for all people, a new vigor that comes from a great sacrifice.
And so let’s open up with joy to this new beginning, nature gives us a great impulse, blossoming new life everywhere.

A hillside covered with flowers

During these long pandemic times, many people will be discouraged, but many people are working to restore serenity in us, because then we can all hug and smile happily.
Even our dear Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, are working for us, to make us rejoice with their beautiful voices, the rehearsals of the tribute concert continue:

 “Study days 🎧 Something special happens when we make music together … ”

While waiting to see their work realized, what better way to listen to their beautiful voices in a splendid “Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae” ❤

And therefore, hoping to soon be able to hug and kiss, hold people without fear of contagion , travel and attend some nice concert:

HAPPY EASTER

Buon Pasqua graphic with Easter eggs

Happy Easter to those who are alone

to all those who have the joy of a family next to them

Happy Easter to each of us, so that love and serenity dwell in our hearts.

 

A warm hug to all of you, from the whole staff:
Daniela, Pat, Jana, Kelly, Daniela Ci, Susan, Jo Ann

Photo of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero inside an Easter frame with flowers and Easter eggs

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2021 HAS ARRIVED by Daniela

And so here we are, 2021 has begun, with all our hopes and all our intentions. Above all health, because if there is not that, nothing can be !!

I read this nice thought on “If I were poetry” is a nice quote that I share with all of you.

WISHES for a wonderful 2021 !! 

Daniela

I want to wish you the strength to think that things can improve,

positively exploit the time that passes,

feel alive which is different from being alive,

especially when you have no reason to continue.

I wish you strong shoulders,

outstretched hands to help you up when you are on the ground,

smiles born out of nowhere, warm hugs,

dates to remember, exciting departures, changes,

to shorten the distance with the people you love,

a pair of serene eyes . . . and everything you deserve.

 . . . and I add, many, but many concerts of Il Volo!! 

 

. . . and we laugh with this backstage video of the recording of the wishes for the new concerts in Verona.

Always cheerful and nice, these guys always know how to make us smile !! 😁

 

And here is what we all hope for this New Year !!

And we end with the wishes of Il Volo with the policemen of the Vatican Inspectorate.

Piero = Hello everyone, we are Il Volo, we are here with the policemen of the Vatican Inspectorate.

Ignazio = Together with them we want to wish a Happy New Year to all the state police.

Gianluca = We hope to see you soon and of course to be able to go back to life as always.

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IT’S NEW YEARS EVE by SUSAN

SMILE, JUST SMILE!!

If I must tell the truth, this is my least favorite holiday! To me it’s a sad day because we remember all those who we lost over the years and we think of them in a different way than we do on other days. We think that they left us too soon and this year too quickly! I, like many of you out there, suffered many losses this year and I saw many people I love suffer!
Halfway through the year, I was speaking with my aunt, who turned 100 this year! I said, “Aunt Christina, you’ve been around a long time. What do you think about what’s going on?” She replied, “Susan, I remember grandpa saying every 20 years we have to have a war to clear out the old and start fresh again. This is our war!” I guess she is right. This war we are fighting is different, it is a war with an invisible enemy that haunts each of us every day!

What made this year different? The one thing that was really different was we were all in this together. You woke up every morning and turned on the news and no matter where you lived New York, Italy, Germany, Russia, Australia, the news was the same – Wash Your Hands! Wear a Mask! Social Distance!
As to the guys, they certainly did a great job of reminding us to do these things! And when they weren’t talking about this, they were working to help people in Italy and around the world. They took us along on all their journeys in support of these people. We joined them for Altismo Live! In support of Latin American farmworkers. We enjoyed circling Italy through project Italians 4 Life with the wonderful song Ma Il Cielo è Sempre Più Blu (But the Sky is Getting Bluer and Bluer). And, of course, O Sole Mio for UNICEF!

So, we’ve come to the end of the year that was, and now we have to take time to reflect on what we are leaving behind! Yes, there were lots of bad things that happened but there were also some good things.  Having a hard time figuring out what they were?  Let’s take a look at some of the good things that the guys did! They came to us live every day! So, let’s start there.

LIVE FROM IGNAZIO’S HOME STUDIO

The announcement that came from Ignazio on May 16th kept us sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what this project would be. We knew it would include the Il Volo musicians but what was this big surprise. Ignazio gave us a hint!
Ignazio said: With this video, I would like to thank many people. First of all, the doctors who during this time made their lives available to others. Here it is, altruism. I think it’s one of the most important things in the world.
For me, this is one of the most important songs, this song makes us understand that we are all part of this world and everyone has a piece of the universe. And so, I decided to propose “Almeno tu nell’ Universo” . (At Least You in the Universe)

What we got was a production straight from Ignazio’s soul! The drama of the black and white video along with the most intimate, passionate rendition of “Almeno tu nell’ Universo” we ever heard left us speechless. His amazing voice brought us to a universe where there is no limit, and we could float along on his magnificent notes, reaching unbelievable heights! It brought us all to tears.
Ignazio along with Giampiero Grani on piano, Alessandro Quarta on violin, Bruno Farinelli drums, Pierluigi Mingotti on bass and Gino De Vita and Andrea Morelli on guitar, set in split screen, gave the performance of a lifetime. The arrangement and video mix were so perfect it seemed hard to believe Ignazio did it all from his home.  Genius at work!

LIVE FROM PIERO’S TERRACE

We could hear the silence of this small beautiful town and the only sound in the background was the chirping of the birds. Then suddenly, Piero began to sing “Nessun Dorma” and his voice rang out over Naro inviting his neighbors to come out on their terraces to listen to him and applaud his magnificent voice. And how did Piero react, the same way he does in concert, with that beautiful smile he greeted his neighbors and thanked them for their applause. And then, he gave us a birds’ eye view of Naro from his terrace explaining about all the baroque buildings and structures in the town including the history of it all. Jovanotti was just as thrilled and impressed as we were. Piero showed us around his terrace pointing out his cactus and taking time to tell us about his antique coffee mill. What a treat to share this special time with him!

And what about his beautiful “AVE MARIA” that warmed our hearts.

And then there were the:

LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM GIANLUCA’S HOUSE

Gianluca really perfected his piano playing in quarantine! We listened to him sing while looking out over his beautiful garden which looks down to the Adriatic Sea and the beautiful beach of Roseto degli Abruzzi. Picture postcard perfect, it was amazing and we were all wishing we could be there with him! And he spent lots of time walking on the beach with Luna and playing out in the yard with her.

But the most exciting of all was listening to Gianluca’s very romantic voice which touches every one of our senses. He sang so many beautiful songs for us while playing his piano with Luna at his feet. It gave us a warm and happy feeling which left us feeling very secure!

And then the summer began and, the quarantine was over and, the guys came together after being separated for months. And what did they do? They took us on another journey. First, we watched them take on a new appearance with their Dolce & Gabbana wardrobe. Their mini-Concert for Dolce & Gabbana’s women’s line of clothing and the presentation of the men’s line of clothing at the Campus Parade in Milan. It was wonderful to see them back together and listen to them live.

Then they went to Monte Carlo for their first concert in five months followed by their appearance at the Taormina Film Festival where these three gorgeous guys appeared, dressed like three Princes, in their Dolce & Gabbana Tuxedo’s. They were so handsome they took our breaths away. And their performance at the festival representing the film “Devotion,” the story of Dolce and Gabbana, was amazing. Just seeing them back at the Greek Theater in Taormina made us feel everything will be okay from now on. After all, this is their theater, the heart of who they are.

And if that wasn’t enough, we got to spend a Special Day with the guys in Polizzi Generosa celebrating the opening of “Devotion” and Domenico Dolce’s 62nd Birthday! What an extravaganza! The parade, the costumes, the musicians and dancers. What can I say it was just a fantastic day and it was All Live for us to see on Instagram and Facebook.

As they stepped back on the stage at the Verona Arena, for the reopening of the music industry with their presentation at the Seat Music Awards, we remembered their last performance there in 2019. Spectacular then, spectacular now!

Then came the announcement that they would pay tribute to Ennio Morricone with a Concert in Piazza Pio XII next June 5th!

Il Volo with Roma’s mayor.

Which brings another thought to mind! Do we ever take the time to consider what goes into their performance? We see them on stage and we are in awe of them but, what it takes to get them there is amazing and a lot of hard work. In January they will start preparing for their June 5th Concert. It doesn’t start and end with the concerts. There’s lots of preparation and rehearsals. Everything has to be just perfect because, after all, these three young men are perfectionists!
And then there was their final performance for 2020, their mini-Concert at Piazza Pio XII on Christmas Day. And here the guys sent us their final greeting for the year!
Gianluca: On this special day when we all feel close from afar, we wanted to find a way to wish you all happy holidays.
Ignazio: And we did so in the way that best suits us, through music from this gorgeous square where we feel like we are enveloped in a welcoming embrace.
Piero: We hope this holiday season may bring a smile to your homes and warm your hearts. On this  “Oh holy night” we wish to dedicate every single note and every single word to you all.”

Yes, there was so much that was bad about this year but, I just wanted to show you that there were some good things that happened too.
As we approached 2020, I thought with a number like 2020, this will be a year of vision. What was my vision for the year? I thought it would be my best year in ten years. I had so much business and the future looked so bright but, we all know how that turned out. But I never could have imagined, when it all began, that I would spend my whole year doing what I love best, writing! Thirty years ago, I walked away from a career critiquing films. Who could imagine that I would turn back the clock and start writing again! And above all writing 40 stories about our three amazing guys, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca!
The guys spent the year inspiring us, kept us company and certainly took the time to tell us what they were doing and what we needed to do to stay safe. In a recent interview they were asked what they missed most this year. They replied traveling. It is their life after all. And we are very much a part of that life. Hopefully we can all get back to it soon.
Finally, how do I sum up this year? Every morning when I get up, I sing. What do I sing? “Smile!” Is it because of the guys? Well, I certainly love when the guys sing “Smile,” but no, I’ve been singing this song since I was a child because I believe no matter what happened yesterday, today has the possibility to be better, so, “Smile, just Smile.”

Happy New Year!

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A PERFECT POSTCARD by Valeria Bosch

When my dear friend Valeria Bosch writes, she manages to amaze us with her words, because she interprets exactly the feelings and emotions of all of us Il Volo fans.
I just wanted to add photos and give even more importance to these beautiful words and in particular, to make sure that Flight Crew friends who don’t have Facebook could read it.
Thanks Valeria for your beautiful work.
Happy reading to all: Daniela 😘

 

Il Volo by St. Peter, Rome, Christmas 2020.

We were anxiously waiting for the postcard promised by Rai Uno, with wishes from Il Volo for this disarming Christmas 2020. And it arrived on time, very short (just 10 minutes), but, perhaps also thanks to this brevity, with the seal of perfection: perfect for the purpose for which it was designed, perfect for the setting, unique in the world, perfect for the voices of the three young performers who seem to improve, as if it were a precious vintage wine, every time that you have the privilege of hearing them.

At the beginning, the skillful zoom of the operator introduces us to the magic of a city immersed in darkness, from which suddenly a huge luminous area emerges, in which one of the most famous places in the world is immediately recognized, symbol of the eternal city, an icon of catholicity itself, the Basilica of St. Peter, which with its unmistakable dome and Bernini’s colonnade, seems to welcome all humanity in a warm embrace.

A play of spaces, shapes, lights and colors that in itself causes a state of emotion, a commotion that is heightened when on an improvised stage, in the square in front (Piazza Papa Pio XII), appear the singers of Il Volo, who in succession interpret three of the most famous Christmas songs: “Adeste fideles” in Latin, “O Holy Night” in English, “Astro del ciel” in Italian. As always, they are beautiful and elegant, but today there is something more, perhaps the suggestion of the songs sung, all dedicated to the arrival on earth of Jesus the Redeemer, draws in them a more absorbed expression, more concentrated than usual.

Gian has on his face a kind of tenderness, of affection, which he transmits in whoever looks at him and listens; Ignazio a deep emotion that puts his lips on a smile and a deep joy in his eyes; Piero is serious, concentrated, he also leaks both emotion and affection. And the magic circle of perfection closes when they begin to sing: in all three pieces, they sing now individually, now by concerting their voices, in a game of exchange of parts that is calibrated, studied in the smallest passages.
We are enchanted by Gian’s voice which, although it has always been the most velvety, the most swing of the group, has reached an even greater depth, with a softness and sinuosity that both amaze and enchant.

Piero clearly shows the continuous and tireless study to which he dedicated himself in this last period, his voice is more and more ductile, more elastic and more powerful at the same time: he supports the low notes (final of “Astro del ciel”) with the same ease with which he reaches the highest tones (astonishing the acute in the ending of “O Holy Night”).

And Ignazio sings for his part in the passages to the high notes, when the song must vibrate even more and must penetrate deeply into the soul of the listener. His voice has also matured, his high notes are powerful, his passages perfect, always marked, as he usually does, by the movement of his beautiful hands, which in effect become yet another instrument of the orchestra.

“Beauty will save the world,” wrote F. Dostoevskij, a lucky phrase that was then used with multiple meanings by various writers, philosophers and theologians. But the great Russian novelist was referring to the beauty of faith, which alone can save man and his destiny. And the beauty of faith is expressed above all through art, painting, sculpture, music (J. Ratzinger).
I reflected on this, looking enchanted at the “postcard” sent from St. Peter’s . . . the work of art, fruit of the highest genius of man, with those arms outstretched to contain humanity, the light that sprang suddenly from the dark city, an almost allegory of the dark moment we are experiencing, at the bottom of which, however, there will be a return to light; the purity and at the same time the high mastery of three angelic voices, raised to celebrate the Savior’s arrival, made me feel almost in front of a small miracle, a miracle of beauty and harmony.

A show that, when compared with the current deterioration of the Italian musical offer, makes us understand why, every time these guys appear, so many people stop to admire them. To get excited, to dream, to hope.
Many thanks for the video.

Thanks to the excellent screen shot work of Il Volo Sicilia!

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