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SANREMO AND THE SCANDALS by Daniela

Sanremo has passed. It was really hard. The boys expected very busy days of work and emotions.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were, to say the least, fabulous, magnificent performers of a beautiful song.

The first night, they are greeted with a very long applause that has confirmed the affection of the public.

On the evening of the duets, together with the violinist Alessandro Quarta, they performed a magnificent performance and received a standing ovation. They deserved first prize!

Let’s review the performance together.

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Sanremo is over and third place went to them. Honestly, as things were going, I did not even believe that they would be placed within the first three positions, but, as usual, let’s recap everything.

It is now known to all that Italian journalists have never had a good relationship with IL VOLO, but this year they have really exceeded the limit of rudeness.

Already the Sunday before the beginning of Sanremo, the newspaper ROLLING STONE ITALIA had published an article to say the least honorable comments on our boys, so that in the evening, Torpedine had made a hard post against the newspaper, from his Facebook page.

Sanremo started and there were evening performances and continuous interviews during the day.

For those fortunate enough to be able to follow Italian TV, he will have noticed that the boys have always been polite, humble and sincere, always with a smile even if they sometimes listened to comments and unjust vows on them.

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Therefore, during the final evening, in scrolling through the final classification and getting to the fourth place and seeing that IL VOLO had not been called, I was very happy. I ran to vote again, final verdict, third place. Damn, I’m glad they are within the first three, but they could also be second, because I’ve always known that ULTIMO was the super favorite and is also followed by countless very young fans.

But now, after being aware of certain videos and above all of the votes of each evening, I felt a great rage.

IL VOLO COULD BE FIRST TOO.

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But the thing that made me more angry are videos taken in the press room, where we see journalists ridicule our boys, when Piero begins to sing and a journalist shouts “in jail” and then to the final proclamation journalists rejoice because IL VOLO is only third, and a woman’s voice says a dirty word addressed to the boys, whom I do not want to repeat.

These are really scenes of infinite baseness. I am deeply ashamed of these people.

Here is the video.

Today this video, is going around the web, thanks to Francesco Facchinetti (TV-radio host) who retweeted it by adding these textual words to journalists:

“I would kick you in the ass, until the end of the world, idiots, assholes and fools.”

Everyone is outraged, and all the newspapers and TV are talking about it.

The boys of IL VOLO, have always been very kind and polite to everyone and do not deserve a similar treatment.

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Saturday afternoon, just before the last night in Sanremo, the boys were guests on a television program and there was a debate between our boys and a woman journalist who was always very critical with them.

The presenter asked Gianluca if he was affected by the negative criticism and Gianluca said no, because the more journalists criticize them and the more people support them.

Then the presenter, addressed to the audience in the hall, said: “Whoever agrees with Gianluca gets up.” and all the people got up.

The journalist was offended and wanted to leave, Ignazio intervened, trying to calm her down and reassure her, while Piero said: “It’s a week that you tell us that our music is old, but we like it.”

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But let’s talk about the votes.

I am attaching the table of overall votes, before the final evening, as you can see, IL VOLO was in first place.

In the last last vote, Ultimo overcomes them, thanks to the televoting, but also to the juries, the same juries that allow Mahmood to win, because both juries all vote for Mahmood, which instead had not taken so many votes from home.

So now there is a big storm, because those who voted from home paying, has seen the result overturned by a jury of 8 people.

A newspaper wrote: “If there is someone who has to complain about the vote of the Press Room and the Jury of Honor, it is IL VOLO”.

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And in all this, our boys how did they behave?

Exceptional as always.

After suffering all the bad comments, they were on the podium and immediately congratulated the winner, a sincere hug, to Mahmood, still incredulous to be the winner, Ignazio even seems to help him out of the shock. Ignatius, you are a sweet teddy bear.

There is no malice in them, only affection for everyone.

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Of course the bitterness is so much, then watching those horrible videos, the anger rises, and I wonder how the families of our boys reacted? One of them commented, but I believe on behalf of everyone, of course Ercole Ginoble.

“Sanremo has always been a stage where there is no lack of controversy, it is not the first time that we are facing them but it is also a stage that leaves room for the judgment of the people who listen and choose the music in which they recognize each other!

Thanks to all those who have made their support felt these days and in these 10 years. YEA, IL VOLO!”

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But after watching those videos, Ercole Ginoble tweeted like this:

The good and educated “journalists” ??? Italian. Thank you for your professionalism!

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And at the end today, on the official Facebook page of IL VOLO, the guys have published this comment: 

We needed a few days to be lucid and to tell our story about what happened.

Some journalists (and it is good to say only a few) have heavily insulted us. They used words like “shit”, “fuck”, “in jail”, which we consider as the result of a real form of bullying, of teasing from the stadium. These people have not brought glory to the order they represent, their attitude has been an insult, before us, to all fellow journalists who do their work in a serious and professional manner.

In 10 years we have received a lot of criticism about our music, about the genre we sing, we have been accused of being arrogant and snooty.

We have never given importance to all this, also because, fortunately, we have supporters who support us daily and love what we do. But when we see videos that testify to the wickedness and lack of humanity on the part of people who could be our parents (many of whom are also our grandparents), it annoys us a lot. Bother because every artist must have his own space for musical expression. To be called “shit” or to see someone shouting “in jail” just because we are doing what we like to do in life is very disrespectful to us, but above all to freedom of expression.

Music should be freedom, not a reason for insult!

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble of Il Volo.

But since we talked a lot about last night, let’s enjoy at least a little piece of MUSICA CHE RESTA.

And here in this video, the most beautiful moments of this adventure of Sanremo.

 

And here is the cover of Sorrisi e Canzoni.

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I’m so proud of our Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca !!

You guys are formidable, you’ve done some performances, not a step, but a whole scale above all the others.

Your talent is unquestionable, and when you have combined your talent with the Fourth violinist, it has been a pleasure for ears and eyes.

But what should we say about you as a human person?

You are really beautiful people, polite, and pleasant to everyone, humble and good.

I’m so proud to be your fan.

I am a fan of IL VOLO.

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO TO THE WORLD DAY OF YOUTH by Daniela

It was a memorable event. What about, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, so close to Pope Francis, in such an important event, followed by about 600 thousand young people present and millions of people on television?

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It was very emotional and I think the guys have felt the weight of this great emotion on their shoulders and also of this great honor.

They were emotional, as we were, who followed them from afar. . . very touching and emotional.

Here is the video, for those who could not follow them live.

Also nice is this video taken from another angle.

Seeing them again causes shivering in me.

Of course they could not be presented to the world, the event was the World Youth Day, not IL VOLO, but they were there, present before the Pope, emotion to the stars!

Surely this experience will always remain in their hearts.

From that position they could see a tide of young people, united by moments of prayer and truly unique contemplation, the silence was impressive.

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But the best picture is undoubtedly this …… stupendo 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in a selfie with Sua Santità (His Holiness) Pope Francis …. incredible!

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In this photo, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca offer Pope Francis a gift of a jewel created for him.

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These videos was made by Gianluca and Piero, we see the Pope and the crowd –  really immense.

 

Instead, this video was made before the event.

P = This is a message for all young people like us.

G = We are honored to be here in Panama at WYD, you are so many, there are almost a million young people.

I = It will be a great emotion, also because for us it is the first time we sing for the Pope, we will sing a very special Ave Maria, we hope to be close to all the young people, with music, on this spiritual day.

P = Long live the WYD and the Pope.

G = bye

I = bye

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Yesterday during the singing tests.

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I am very happy that you all have also been able to enjoy the event live. By testing we saw that the TV2000 streaming channel was often stuck and so Pat did a search and saw that the EWTN channel was better for you.

Well, both channels worked and we did not miss a single instant of this event

Sunday, here in Italy, they sent on television, this little interview:

Presenter = Yesterday at the vigil  IL VOLO also sang, let’s see how this performance went.

P = Some time ago we had met Pope Francis in a private audience and we gave him, an AVE MARIA, a special record, just for him.

I = Surely it was a great experience of life, both for our personal lives, and also for our career.

P = This was the perfect opportunity to understand how beautiful and important it can be, to share all kinds of music.

G = We can say that it was one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives.

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It all passed very quickly, but it was an indescribable moment.

The boys were very serious, as it should be on these occasions.

They are never out of place, always appropriate to the event.

I was very proud that IL VOLO had this wonderful opportunity, it was an honor, and they certainly did not waste it.

These are the words of the boys, “If someone had told us that one day we would sing for the Pope, we would hardly have believed it . . . . Never stop chasing your dreams.”

Tell me your impressions.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

VOCI DI NATALE FROM LEBANON by Daniela

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.

Il Volo 🎅🏻 Voci di Natale 🎄 Lebanon

 

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.

Hi everyone!”

The guys are picked up at the airport as they leave for Lebanon. (in the background you can hear My Way)

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and on their arrival received by the military.

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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)

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Welcome is given with applause to Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca de IL VOLO.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Piero Ignazio and Gianluca then visit the archaeological site of Al Bas di Tiro, of Roman and Byzantine culture.

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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.

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From the theater of Tiro, Silent Night.

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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.

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From the canteen of the military: Christmas Medley.

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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.

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From the theater of Tiro and from the canteen of the military : Grande Amore. 

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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.

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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”.

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From the canteen of the military :  Smile.

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From the theater of Tiro : Adeste Fideles.

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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.

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From the theater of Tiro : O Holy Night. 

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A moment of leisure, a game of football in the military base.

And Jingle Bells played with Arabian atmosphere.

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From the canteen of the military : ’O Surdato  Nnammurato.

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From the theater of Tiro : Volare (Nel Blu dipinto di blu).

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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.

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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.

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Here are the guys with the RAI troupe who followed them in Lebanon.

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Still some beautiful shots.

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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.

Daniela

 

We thank Il Volo Sicilia for the photos and
Il Volo Mundial (Oficial) for the Facebook video.

IN THE WORLD WITH IL VOLO 2010-2017, by Daniela

The holidays have also begun for IL VOLO.

In this period there will be little new news, and so we often use the time to review old videos. 

It’s just what I did, and I tried to find videos, which maybe, not everyone has seen, or at least I hope so.

The first video is from 2010. I had seen only small fragments here and there but never everything, and my research had led to nothing, but in these days, thanks to Connie Bruns who tracked and shared, here it is.

“O Sole Mio”, filmed in Taormina, when, going to play a concert there, it was still a dream for our guys. What are you saying? This video has brought good luck !!

But how small they were … and that final hug … very sweet !!

The second video is from 2011, is a medley made in Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, includes:

IL MONDO

THIS TIME

PAINFULLY BEAUTIFUL

IL MONDO and UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE  a cappella songs

SMILE

2012 Spain, RELOJ

2013 concert in Panama.

Someone uninvited, a transvestite, enters the stage during the concert and walks, people laugh, thinking that is part of the show, the guys are amazed at the presence, but continue to sing, as real professionals, as long as someone sends out this person.

2014 During the concert in Mexico they perform with the Mariachi.

HISTORIA DE UN AMOR

2015 From the studios of Radio Rai, CANZONE PER TE.

2016 Washington BEAUTIFUL THAT WAY

2017 Germany LIBIAM DE LIETI CALICI

And after this feast of old videos, I hope to have found some that you had never seen, but anyway, even if already seen, I bet you have re-seen them willingly, is not it?

Daniela

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Credit to all owners of videos and photo.

 

THE ESSENCE OF IL VOLO, by Daniela

The Italian tour of 5 concerts has just finished.
The concerts were memorable, every person who was fortunately able to participate, still has in his eyes the beautiful images and in his ears, the lovely voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
The web has been flooded with videos and photos that pass, step by step, every moment of our beloved boys.
There have been moments, however, that I consider exceptional, and have been stopped by a video and a series of photos that I now propose to you.
Here is the short video:
This is the moment before the start of the concert in Taormina.
This is a gesture, that the boys, always make before every concert ……… and it is simply WONDERFUL, this gesture expresses all the friendship, affection and harmony that exists between these guys.
Surely, having grown up together, away from home, has built in them a harmony that not all groups of singers have.
In this mini-tour, there were many small episodes, where the boys, they helped each other, had an altruistic support among themselves, a concrete help of VERY FRIENDS.
I get emotional, every time I see this gesture of theirs, confirming a deep friendship.
And here is the series of photographs taken by Marco Ferriero.
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These shots, all performed in Taormina, show all the affection that IL VOLO has towards its fans, you look with how much love, they approach and do not deny a gesture, a photo, a kiss.
Surely these gestures will have sent into raptures these lucky fans, some of them with disabilities, managed to get closer thanks to the fact that, in Taormina there are no barriers before the stage.
Direct contact with Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, who with great affection embrace the fans, take children in their arms, they come close for shots in the foreground.
But how much sweetness do these shots ??
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These guys are certainly artists of great skill, their voices are magnificent, but in them there is also something else that we like, they love people, this affection that hardly they deny to others, and this makes them in our eyes, even more special.
They love people and people reciprocate
This is IL VOLO, these are GIANLUCA, PIERO and IGNAZIO.
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Now I translate a part of what my friend Melina wrote and that, in my opinion, has precisely hit the target, to you then the comment.
“The guys in concert in the Greek Theater of Taormina seem to transform themselves, expand into a different and bigger dimension, both in singing and in jokes. They are safer, more passionate, more emotional, more joyful. I wondered: will it be the spirit of the ancient musicians and comedians, who still hovers in the theater and permeates the millennial stones to operate this miracle? To pervade, to seize and to transfigure those who know how to recognize and welcome? Memories, which are not lost but remain impalpable and wait for the right time and the right people to be affected? Who knows !! It is certain that only those who have the appropriate sensitivity can perceive this subtle malia, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca this sensitivity, they have it at will, but also those who follow them: you are “our” audience, our family, they have declared proud at the beginning of the concert. And true, the fans of Il Volo are different from all the others, they have a singular feeling and in addition to admire and esteem the boys artistically, they feel for them a deep sincere affection and a lot of tenderness, this means that the protagonists are not only those on stage, but that everything is a continuous exchange of emotions, emotion and happiness between those who perform and those who assist … indeed no, participate! And at the end when this exchange stops, it’s almost a pain and we start waiting for the next time!”
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That’s right, Melina is right, and you, what do you think?
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos and video.

IL VOLO TO MONTECARLO, by Daniela

Il Volo does not have a moment’s respite, the Italian concerts have just ended and there is a commitment on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, MONTECARLO !!

Only one day of rest, and away to Montecarlo.   Piero sends us a photo of the beautiful interior of the hotel,
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and Gianluca a beautiful night from the terrace.
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Here they are in the morning of the concert, relax with their friend Max ……. ready for the rehearsals of the show.
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Ready for the concert!
The program was much more pop, no opera arias, but beautiful pop songs, sung, naturally impeccably.
I found only incomplete and not very clear videos, but they give us an impression of what has been sung.
Laura Pecollo, thank you for having recorded in full this wonderful performance of our beloved Ignazio !!
Certainly it was a beautiful concert and was much appreciated.
And here is today the communication of Monte Carlo live:
“If you missed Il Volo last night at the Salle des Etoiles, find the photos of their wonderful concert”.
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Let’s enjoy the ending.
Even this adventure is over, for now there is a period of rest …… but with IL VOLO, you can never say !!
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

IL VOLO CERVIA AND TAORMINA, by Daniela

And here we are at the penultimate concert of this mini-summer tour, takes place in CERVIA, a beautiful town on the Adriatic Sea.

The article related to the concert appeared in the newspapers and IL VOLO said that there will be a surprise at the end of the concert, we’ll see what it is.
Let’s start with the rehearsals of the show.
They’re just back from Miami and they’re about to start a concert, do you think they’re tired or stressed?
I would say no !!
Some short videos of the songs
Sweet shots
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In Cervia 3 more songs were sung than in Marostica and exactly: MATTINATA (I did not find the video), UNA FURTIVA LACRIMA, Ignazio’s solo.
and LA DANZA, Gianluca’s solo. As you can see Gianluca falls the sheet with the words and he for a moment loses the rhythm, and then immediately resume, then perhaps unnerved, forget the words, I bet he remembered but got nervous. In the end, even the conductor embraces him, knowing that Gianluca is a perfectionist, who knows how badly he will have been, the audience also encourages him with a warm applause.
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And here we are at the final greetings.
TAORMINA PREPARED, THEY ARRIVE SOON
Taormina, the pearl of Sicily, difficult to break away from such a place.
Translation:
Taormina, what’s in Taormina tonight?
Those of IL VOLO, tonight sing in Taormina?
But here I stay, what interests me more!
Happy while they enjoy a delicious granita at Bambar.
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In this video transmitted to the tele-newspaper, the boys confirm that they are happy to be back in Taormina at the end of their concerts, and especially for a concert for charity.
The rehearsals of the show begin.
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How wonderful is this rift in the wall of the ancient Greek Theater, which allows you to see the volcano Etna and its fumarole in the distance.
This  videos that follow were made by Deborah Georgini Beaupre, beautiful !!
AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE
TONIGHT
MY WAY
CIELITO LINDO
E LUCEAN LE STELLE
IL MONDO
LO CHE NON VIVO
And now these beautiful shots by Judy Paullin Thurman,
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Surely it was a wonderful evening.
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The wonder of the finale: GRANDE AMORE.
Because Taormina, is a fascinating place, in the Greek Theater, there is an incredible atmosphere, where the beauty of the landscape blends with the stars, the voices of Piero Ignazio and Gianluca rise beautiful, cheered by a thousand applause of adoring people , everything is like magic, the magic of Taormina !!
I wanted with all my heart to be there, and you?
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.