~ Shakespeare Theater Award 2018 ~ by Daniela

Hello all…. I told Jane before she posted this that I wanted to add a few words….

Daniela, bless her heart, works tirelessly for us finding info and translating videos and appearances like this.  I will be honest and say, I don’t usually have time to read everything, but Jane sent this to me in hopes I had time to do it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make it and sent it back to her.  Then, after sending it back to her, I had a chance to read it – below is my reaction…. Jana


OMG!! I seriously have tears in my eyes, so much so, that I can barely see straight enough to type! Those words from Ignazio, so honest, true, passionate. I just want to give him the biggest, greatest hug and kiss ever!! Ok, the tears are now running down my cheek…

It is true, he has suffered much for his young age. To think that people tell him he is a “fool?” I think, and hope, the better translation though is “the funny one?” 😊 I really hope the Americans don’t call him a fool? I always knew I liked him the best and the more I read about him and the beautiful words he says, the more sure I am. I know when I see him, I always say he is my favorite and I do think he really cares when he says “aww….” 😊 It is so sad though, we get such little time to talk to them at the meet/greets – we don’t have time to tell them how we really feel sometimes. He always seems to comment that people don’t get to “know him” for who he is. I’m sure there are MANY fans that would do anything to get to know him personally! I know I would!

Every time I’m feeling down in the dumps about the site, or the guys, or my life in its current state, I read something like this and the passion is once again renewed. I can’t fight the tears and emotions that are expressed. His honesty is so raw, so innocent and touches me right through the heart! Not sure about the other two, but I think he really expresses the humility the group always professes. He still doesn’t realize how awesome he really is. Maybe that is why he sings with such passion and vulnerability? I so feel him…. Here come the tears again! Maybe we really were connected in another lifetime?

This is so beautiful – enjoy!


On March 29, this announcement appeared:

All ready to welcome a great international artist to the Shakespeare Academy … today an artistic meeting with a surprise guest exclusively for our students. Stay tuned.

Yes, our Ignazio Boschetto received the SHAKESPEARE THEATER AWARD 2018 award.

 

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The event was not at all publicized because it was reserved only for students of the theatrical academy of Palermo. An event that took place in a very informal way and where Ignazio was able to meet and give advice to young students.

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These are some statements made by Ignazio.

“My goal is to make my art known, I want to get there in a healthy way, it’s all about consistency, there’s no right or wrong, then it’s important to enjoy what you have, but never be satisfied.

Sacrifices, I have made them and I will do it, but if you want something, if you choose it, you do it.”

 

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“I still remember my first time on a stage, a country bullfight, I was excited because the audience had more than 250 people and – says Ignazio – I forgot the words of the song that I had to sing, I watched the floor all the time.

Now, I face the stage in a different way, I’m afraid afterwards, my hands and legs tremble at the finished show.”

 

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“We are establishing a label of our own, we – continued Ignazio – we were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, I owe a lot to my parents who always believed in me, but never forced me to a life that maybe I did not want .

To be able to feel good, you must always treasure the people who love you.”

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The afternoon with the students of the Shakespeare Theater Academy in Palermo was very pleasant, alternating with questions to which Ignazio always answered with sincerity and simplicity. There were musical moments, especially duets and choral moments.

 

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In this video, Ignazio gives advice to emerging artistic talents.

 

 

“We are in Sicily, in Palermo, and I wanted to send a message to all the Sicilians in particular to the guys like me, who are chasing their dream, in all fields, singing, acting, dancing, even in the working career.

We live in a land that is Sicily, one of the most beautiful lands in the world, a very rich territory, unfortunately maybe the management is not the best, but we can make this country with our art, something beautiful.

I, in my small (way), with Piero, my travel companion, we are trying with our art, and I want to entice everyone to produce, do a lot for this land and above all give a smile and maybe a better day to those who listen, or who sees you.

So a big hug and hope to see you soon in some concert.”

In this other video, Ignazio talks about his physical appearance.

 

“I was 120 kg. in practice I was an arancino al ragù, with meat, now I’m with pistachio, with the tip (the arancini with meat sauce are round, those with pistachio, pointy).

Not everyone is lucky enough to be thin (and he jokes with the boy at the piano).

I know people, but also I personally, there was a period that I did not accept myself, let’s say you’re in the eye of the storm, they see you all, so to feel better, you look in the mirror, and then I’m always been very self-critical, and so many times I have suffered from this. The best was when we had to go get some clothes, and then, we went to Armani’s shop and the clothes were too small, we looked in the big sizes and those were too big.

So in practice I was almost alone in my underwear and socks. But then all started from a fever, I began to lose weight, I liked it, and then lost 35 kg all at once.

However, in 2018 women like a little bacon, so I do not have to lose weight anymore, I’m joking.

Even today, however, I do not like myself, because we are a bit ‘all like that, we never like each other, but this is a stimulus to do something, like the gym, which in a year I went at least 5 times. (everyone laughs)

They (referring to the public) did not understand one thing in training, it is important to rest, to me, like to rest the muscles, and then be more active. (laughs)

In the last video, the merits and defects of IL VOLO are asked to Ignazio.

 

 

You can not describe a person on television because you do not know him.

Speaking of Gianluca, which may be the one for which the girls are more crazy, he is handsome. During interviews, it may seem like the most haughty one, the one that attracts the most attention,

He may seem the most haughty, the one who keeps his distance, but it is not always easy to be yourself in front of the camera.

However he really is the best person in the world, and I would like a 10 percent of his determination, because when he wants to do something and thinks it’s the best thing for him, he’s determined, very determined.

 

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Piero, on the other hand, is fiscal (physical), he is very strict with himself, he has a passion for opera, he is studying to improve his lyrical technique, and he goes back and forth from Bologna because there, we have the teacher. He too is very determined and knows what he wants to do, he wants to do the classic opera and I often tell him that I can one day be in the front row listening to an entire opera where you play the tenor part.

 

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And then there’s me, I’m the fool (the funny one) of the situation, and I tell you the truth, sometimes I suffered from this.

It’s bad when at the end of the concerts, they come to greet you and say: you are the one with the lyric voice (to Piero), you are the one with the romantic voice (to Gianluca) and you are the fool. At the beginning I suffered a bit of this, but I have always tried to give my best, and in the end I managed to change a bit, the idea to people.

I am a person who has no filters, for me cameras or not, I am always the same.

(intervenes Tony Colapinto) Not only cameras or not, but that there are 5000 people in the theater or three at home, for him it is the same.

I was in Taormina during a concert, there were many foreigners, very many, from anywhere in the world, from Australia, from Russia, from Brazil, from America, people who laughed, even if they did not understand, what  he had said, or at least I suppose.

Ignazio = Then to me, I do not like to talk about myself, in the end, I let people judge and that’s it, I do not talk anymore.

 

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Really nice, this speech by Ignazio all the ART TEATRO of Palermo, I liked how it was held, as a chat with friends.

And you, what do you think?


Well, Flight Crew fans, my reaction is above, let’s hear yours!  – Jana

 

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This person was present at the event and took a selfie with Ignazio and then posted it with this dedication:

“Great person, great humility that for a boy of his age is rare, a beautiful example for all young people …

I wish you the best Ignazio Boschetto Il Volo ”

 

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

 

 

Eye Spy…Ignazio

 

Hello!

While Piero and Gianluca are old pros at using their social media platforms, Ignazio generally chooses to keep a lower profile.  So, I don’t know about you, but when I see him several times in one week, I take notice.  🙂  Here are a few of my favs recently.

~~ Kelly

*Do you have a caption for this photo?*

*Happy Wedding Day!!*

 

And of course, I love hearing him alone at the piano … in a moment of quiet…

“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!)

~ The Prince of Marsala ~ by Daniela

Fabio Ingrassia, great friend of Ignazio,  performed this beautiful portrait in black and white and a friend of mine, Rita Spera wrote these beautiful words.

 

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Ignazio is wonderful.

In this work, his friend Fabio manages to portray all the sweetness of his gaze and lets us glimpse the beauty of his soul as a good boy.

When at the end of a public performance he thanks, with his hand on his heart and whispers “thank you” in a low voice and holds his breath by bowing. Here this is the moment when I love him more.

What happens to the matador? The comedian? The clown? The dancer ….. all those that I like so much and have fun with real heart ?????

They disappear by magic …

and he remains, the prince of the modern fable bare, with no other capacity to hide or change. Sweet, sensitive, affectionate, passionate, serious, that is moved by a standing ovation. With the sweet eyes of a boy, incredulous … that they are all standing up for him.

This is Ignazio one of the three Wonders of Il Volo.

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Ignazio is really a special person, who does not forget his friends.

These days Amelie Grace was born, daughter of Roberto Amadè, a friend of Ignazio with whom he shared a passion for music.

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These are the words of Roberto and his wife,published on his personal profile:

 

“” Thanks Igny for this immense surprise yesterday; Seeing you arrive on the most beautiful day of our life has been a real gift. You are a brother. Everyone must know how much goodness there is in you and that the bonds of true friendship overcome the distances and commitments. “”  Roberto e Isabel

 

And this is the announcement that Roberto Amadè has given on his professional profile.

 

My daughter “Amelie Grace” was born yesterday with immense and authentic joy. Incredibly I can not get away from her. The ecstasy prevails. The family gets bigger. Happiness makes us more and more united.

Yesterday was made even more magical by the surprise arrival of my fraternal friend Ignazio Boschetto, one of the  voices of the  trio, famous all over the world: IL VOLO. Thank you my friend for being with me on the most important day of my life. The emotion still lasts now.

I’ll never forget it.

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Our PRINCIPE DI MARSALA is really sweet and sensitive.

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On March 22nd, at the Paladozza in Bologna an indoor soccer match was played.

The income was for charitable purposes, for research on ALS.

There were several artists playing, and who could not miss? Our Ignazio with a big heart.

There he is.

 

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Credit to all owners of photos.

Personally Speaking~Though you are grown…

Though You Are Grown

I remember years ago,
you were so young then.
Sometimes,
I can’t help but wish,
that you were small again.
I’ve ached when you’ve faced heartaches,
and saw, that as you grew,
nothing broke your Spirit,
instead it strengthened you.
I’m filled with mixed emotions,
as I hold back all the tears
and, with much pride remember,
back so many years.
When I first saw you
if only I’d have known,
the years would feel like moments,
after you had grown.
You aren’t a child,
though in my eyes,
I guess you’ll always be,
that young boy who changed my life,
and means the world to me.

 

I stumbled across this touching poem that made me think of watching Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca growing up before our very eyes, and of us, their devoted fans.  So many of us have said how finding Il Volo has changed our lives for the better.  Deepening our love of  bel canto,  discovering new friendships, traveling adventures to concerts and for some, to their beautiful Italy, and being witness to three genuine young men who are making the world a better place just by being themselves, have been but a few of the joys these boys have given us.

I wish someone had documented on film little Gianluca standing in the town square singing at the age of 3.  Or the first time Piero’s Nonno heard him sing and asked who that was?  Or  Ignazio banging away on his drums in his bedroom at a tender young age.

I love going back and looking at footage of our boys at young ages as their talents were beginning to be recognized.  Daniela sent me this first video of Ignazio , back in 2007, performing at Marsala Impero Theater in a re-adaptation of Gen Rosso’s musical, STREETLIGHT.  I found the second video filmed during the same performance.  Ignazio knew his way around the spot light way back then.  This boy was meant to be on a stage!

 

 

 

The next video is of Piero singing with Nonno Pietro in what looks like the town piazza.  Note how Piero is directing the children’s choir right behind him.  How adorable!

 

 

And finally we have Gianluca with his younger version of Il Mare Calmo Della Sera.  His voice was so strong and powerful way back then.  Note the sweet quick smile he breaks into when the audience applauds.  I remember in an interview with his parents they stated he was so shy when he was young, he would look upwards the entire song or turn and face the wall, so as not to have to look at people while he sang.  Here he actually sneaks a few glances at the camera.

 

 

Yes, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio…you will always be…the young boys who changed our lives and mean the world to us.

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Credit to all owners of videos.

Poem author: Cynthia A. Sieving

Festival Di Sanremo, by Daniela

After a long wait, yesterday came the evening of the Sanremo Festival where we could see the boys again.

They sang three songs, NESSUN DORMA, CANZONE PER TE, and LA VITA E’ ADESSO.

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Beautiful in Armani, they immediately presented themselves with NESSUN DORMA.

Good as always.

They had a very long applause from the audience and a standing ovation.

The audience liked the show very much.

Soon after they paid homage to Sergio Endrigo, composer of CANZONE PER TE. They performed it together with Baglioni and in the original version.

Honestly I prefer when the guys sing it alone in their version.

 

Baglioni asks Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, what an effect it has been returning here since 2015.

 

Ignazio replied that after three years, great emotion.  We were born here in 2009 with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE (was broadcast by Sanremo) as a trio.  We won the Sanremo Festival in 2015 and meet again here after three years and be received with a great standing ovation is a great honor and pleasure.

Thank you so much indeed.

Baglioni continues by saying that yesterday there was a tribute to a great composer, Luis Bacalov and tonight we would like to make another tribute as is the custom in this Sanremo for a great singer-songwriter and performer who has been missing for thirteen years, Segio Endrigo.

Sergio Endrigo won exactly 50 years ago in 1968 together with Roberto Carlos ……. what did you do 50 years ago in 1968?

Piero answers that their grandparents went to work.

 

Gianluca asks Baglioni, “and what did you do in ’50 ?”

 

Baglioni answers, “nothing, I was in the dreams of mom and dad.”

 

Ignazio (joking) tells Baglioni “you remember when we went for a bike ride.”

Then they left the stage and we all thought that their performance was over.   We were also disappointed with just two songs.

After a long wait, towards the end of the show, they came back to sing LA VITA E ‘ADESSO, a beautiful song written by Baglioni.

They sang, IL VOLO and BAGLIONI, and it was fantastic, engaging, loose, sung well and involved the audience who gave many applause and another standing ovation.

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After so much waiting, all over, beautiful memories remain and the certainty that the boys are always in good shape.

 

Nothing has been said about their next projects.

 

Congratulations guys, ahead of all.

 

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

More News of Sanremo! by Daniela

Here is the latest news: the Flight will pay tribute to Sergio Endrigo, so we think it can be CANZONE PER TE.  It will not be the only song that they sing but for now is the only new clue.

In addition, the official Facebook of IL VOLO has asked us via email to do this thing that I consider very pretty.

The evening of Wednesday (for us) just before their entry on the stage of the Ariston, we were asked to post on all social networks (facebook, twitter, instagram) the photo of the boys with #ILVOLOSANREMO, so as to make the boys feel all our support and make the topic trendy.

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So I recommend, Wednesday, for you between 14:00 and 15:00, to post this beautiful picture with #ILVOLOSANREMO.

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We are all super excited !!!

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Credit to owner of photo.