Backstage of L’Amore Si Muove by Daniela

Oblivion (the company that made the videos of IL VOLO) has published this video.

This is another backstage of L’AMORE SI MUOVE, but this time the boys were filmed during a stop of filming, in Piazza di Montepagano.

We all know how Gianluca is proud of his Montepagano.

 

I will translate his short speech.

Gian: Hi everyone, I’m here in the backstage of L’AMORE SI MUOVE.

We had the opportunity to record this music video in my country where I was born and raised.  A shot at the bell tower of Montepagano, look how beautiful it is.

I want to welcome my colleagues.

(He turns to Piero who teases Gianluca and does not collaborate)

Greet the cameramen, welcome to my village Montepagano.

Greet the camera, they are happy, smile … (but Piero remains stubbornly serious and then Gianluca turns to Ignazio)

Ignazio: If you put yourself in front of me how do I smile?

Gian: Give a smile to the camera.

Torpedo: Say hello to the camera.

Gian: Oh well, I’m happy alone. Bye

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Poor Gianluca, nobody understands  him.

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Video credit to Oblivion Production

 

 

Personally Speaking~Me oh my, which one do I want?

Do you ever stand there staring like a deer in headlights when looking at the vast displays of olive oil to choose from?  I know how to tell if it’s from Italy, but beyond that I am clueless.   Well, I admit I was until I came across this great article that explains what to look for!  Felice per la cottura!  (Happy cooking!)

 

When it comes to quality olive oil, Italy certainly holds the world’s first place. Yet, do we really know how to recognize a truly good olive oil from a mediocre one?

 

Here are some simple rules to recognize a quality extra virgin olive oil.

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First of allalways go for dark bottles that protect their content from light and avoid its oxidation

 

Labels should give us basic information:

The olives’ geographical origin

Their type

Where they have been pressed

Where the oil has been bottled.

 

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Checkmate to bad olive oil: here are some simple rules to recognize a quality extra virgin oil.

 

Acidity should always be lower than 3%.

Olives should always be cold pressed, which means the process should take place at less than 27 degree Celsius to keep flavors intact.

Color and clearness are important parameters to recognize a quality extra virgin oil.

It shouldn’t be too liquid, as it would mean it contains high quantities of  polyunsaturated fats.

It should smell fresh, with hints of freshly cut grass, tomato peels, almonds, and artichoke leaves.

It should taste bitter and tangy, that is, rich in polyphenols!

  

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 Make sure its expiration date isn’t over 18 months from production and that price isn’t lower than 18 USD per litre (15 Euro). 

If all these parameters are met, than you got yourself a great bottle of extra virgin olive oil! Try it also to fry: it’ll surprise you. 

And of course, always check the label says 100% Italian. 

 

Article credit to L’Italio Americano,  and Varinia Cappelletti.

~Simply Gianluca~ by Daniela

Leafing through here and there, I found these beautiful thoughts of a girl who met Gianluca on the beach of Roseto.  Her name is Valeria, another Valeria, Valeria Tirelli and her favorite is Gianluca.

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With his warm, velvety voice, he caresses the soul’s cords.

With his sweetness, with his kindness, with his generosity in wanting to give you a smile, a word, a hug, he steals your heart.

I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to meet Gianluca Ginoble.

Because I did not meet the famous singer, but he, Gianluca, the “normal” guy, the one who did not change (and I hope it never happens) from the huge, well deserved success achieved along with the other guys from Il Volo.

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Together, they enchant audiences around the world with those wonderful voices.  Meeting  Gianluca face to face, he has enchanted me.

Impossible not to be touched by his way of being, so humble, so normal, or by his sweetness, which you perceive in every gesture, in every look, in every smile.

Gianluca is the furthest you can be from how, a bit all of us, we imagine are the famous people.

If, as happened to me, you have the good fortune to meet him outside of the official occasions, you feel on your skin of having in front of you,  a very special boy.  He is kind and helpful, curious and attentive to anyone approaching him to say hello, for a photo or an autograph.

 

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Even if he is in a hurry, he does not deny a few minutes of his time to anyone, ever, going (and it is something that I would like to underline, having lived it in person) far beyond what would be “normally” due to the fans.

So I thank him for his time, for the photo, for the autograph, for those few minutes in which he spoke with us, treating us in a very exquisite way and giving us a precious moment to put in the album of memories.

I hope I’m lucky enough to meet him again.

 

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I am convinced of one thing: only true great artists, and only those who have the merit of being beautiful souls, like Gianluca, are able to enter people’s hearts in this way.

And once they enter, they stay there forever.

Roseto Degli Abruzzi 20 August 2016

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Valeria Tirelli is the girl in the center

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Translated by Daniela

 

Credit to all owners of photos.

Answers to yesterday’s “So ya think ya know ’em”

So who’s tied to who (whom…whatever)?  Can you make the matches?

G = Gianluca
I = Ignazio
P = Piero
A = Connects to ALL of the above
N = Connects to NONE of the above

Connects with….
(you get extra credit if you also know the names)

Answers:

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1.  A/I – It’s Loretta!  One point for “All”.  Two points for “Ignazio”.
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2.  PPiero’s Brother, Francesco Barone.
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3.  GGianluca’s Grandfather, Ernesto.  (Jane and I met him in Montepagano.)
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4.   N – Justin Bieber.  Just…No.
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5.  G – Martina, Gianluca’s gal.
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6.  A – Myron Heaton.  Is there another Fan Fare in our future?
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7.  IIgnazio’s Mom, Caterina Boschetto.
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8.  AMichele Torpedine, Manager, mentor, friend.
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9.  IFranz, Ignazio’s dog. (You’re a good boy.  Yes you are.)
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10.  AGiampiero Grani.  Il Volo’s Pianist, arranger, friend.
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11.  A/P – Our Mary Bohling.  Take partial credit if you said All.  One point if you said Piero.
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12.  PPiero’s Dad, Gaetano Barone.
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13.  I Ignazio’s sister, Nina.  (Yep, Jane and I met her too).
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14.  N Luciano Pavarotti.  One regret of the Guys is that they never met him.  He died in 2007.  The Boys were 12, 13 and 14 then.  They certainly would have won his heart too.
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15. GGian’s mom, Eleanora Ginoble.
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16.   AFabio Ingrassia, artist and friend.  Fabio drew the Boys picture on stage during several 2016 concerts.
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Scoring:

14+ correct – You can move in with any of them.  They won’t notice you’re not family.

11- 13 – You can move in but they will wonder why you’re there.

8 – 10 – You can live next door.

5 – 7 – You can buy pizza from Nina.

3 – 4 – Just stay in your own country, at home, in your room.

0 – 2 – you are on the wrong website.

Well, How’d ya do?
~Marie

 

~Throwback Thursday~ UNICI IL VOLO

Penina sent in this video of the boys that  was done about back in 2014.  Thank you Penina for sending it in and Daniela for translating it for us.  It really is enjoyable to watch!!

 

 

IGNAZIO:

When I was little, every day my mother was screaming, because  when I came back from school, I ate, I did homework (when I did) and I went behind my house because we built huts and we were whole days inside talking, joking and playing, then we went out to play soccer.

Everything was more beautiful.  Now it is very beautiful but many times I try to rethink everything that happened to me when I was little, also because I did everything with naivety, I did not think much about things.

GIANLUCA:

We need to unplug and go back to where it all started. I grew up here, all my memories, all my past, I always carry it with me, even when I’m on tour.

My adolescence has been completely different from all my friends.  Sometimes I think about my life and I say, “this is my life” and reflect and think about it.  When you’re on tour, when you wake up every morning in a different hotel, in different cities, even in different countries and you think, “but all those people are here for me, for us” is like a dream.

PIERO

I was short, fat, protruding ears, I had so many faults, I was  a pacioccone (a plump boy).   I remember that as a child I could not stay at home, in fact I started working when I was 11.  The summer immediately after school I worked two years in the bodywork by my father.

MOM OF PIERO

Nothing is done this way from today to tomorrow, there are many, many sacrifices.

OPTICAL OF PIERO

We’ve known each other for a long time and I’ve always followed him in his musical and artistic career.  Every now and then he came into the shop and I always offered him glasses that were a little more special than the others.

PIERO

Immediately after the discovery of my voice, my grandfather Pietro discovered my voice, my father never, never stopped believing in me.  In fact, I sang over the hood of the cars in the body shop and my father had all the customers listen to  my voice.

I sang GRANADA, I sang UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE and you saw this little boy, 1 meter and 40 (cm) singing GRANADA and all the neighbors were looking out.

THE PARISH OF NARO

Let’s say that every time there is always at least one meeting.  A meeting to tell me about his things that I do not tell you because there is the secret of confession.  But also to meet, because even if he is smaller (younger) and I am older there is a friendship.

IGNAZIO FROM THE STAGE OF TAORMINA

When you’re a child, you do not imagine what can happen in the future, right?  And we really have to say thanks to our families, because from the first day we decided to sing, they always believed in us.  Always with the same strength in all these years we are singing. Always with the same strength they are helping us.

PIETRO OGNIBENE , PIERO’S GRANDFATHER

Always followed me, as a child, I took him, put him on the table and I had him sing in the country.

There was something true.  I felt that something had to happen, but I never would have thought it would come to these levels.

PIERO FROM THE STAGE OF TAORMINA

I would like to say something before this song.  Two years ago we made a television program with the present Massimo Giletti.   Massimo gave me an immense gift.  He let me find my grandfather on TV, because in every interview I always say, ” my dream is to sing in front of my grandfather” because it is he who has discovered my voice.

Well, today my grandfather Pietro Ognibene is here and I would like to dedicate this song to you all but especially to him because my dream has come true today.

Thank you grandfather.

GIANLUCA FROM THE STAGE OF TAORMINA

No, now that I’m here, sorry but I have to do it, grandfather Ernesto (he introduces his grandfather). I had to do it, a great grandfather.

Grandparents are the most beautiful thing in the world.  Applause to all grandparents.

BARBARA DE ROSSI Italian actress

For example, Piero,  is the person with whom I have a true friendship.  I believe that he is living all this with great simplicity, also because his grandfather is the person who brought him to lyric music. Its roots are those of a simple family that made many sacrifices to let him sing.  I think he manages to keep his feet well on the ground.

I believe that in their future there will be some very important things.  The important thing is that they remain a group, as they are.  They are very well followed because Michele Torpedine is very good and is also a humanly very smart person.

VITO BOSCHETTO

Ours is a united family, even when traveling to the United States and Latin America.  This separated me a little from my wife.  Being that (Ignazio) was a minor,  we accompanied him (one of them in turn) so  the union is a little upset, but now, with the age of majority, my wife and I reassembled, because he is traveling alone.

We are proud of what he is doing, so even if there was a momentary gap (between the couple), I would do it again 100 times.

 

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Translation by Daniela.

Credit to owner of video.

News/Film Un Amore Cosi Grande, by Daniela

Sunday, December 31, in the newspaper the Arena,  appeared this article that updates us on the movie UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE.   Here is the translation of the most interesting part.

 

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GREAT SCREEN, THE LYRICA FLIES IN THE WORLD

“A return of image for our city thanks to the participation of the three tenorini de IL VOLO”

While we are still discussing the fate of opera in Verona, the best part of the city of Verona, is ready to debut on the big screen with “UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE” the film produced by the Verona A.C. Production by Michele Calì and Federica Andreoli.  It hopes to bring young people closer to the world of opera through a love story that promises to fascinate film and opera lovers of different latitudes.

In addition to the distribution in Italian cinemas, in fact, expected between late February and early March 2018, the film will land in 47 other countries, “with great image return both for our beautiful city, where most of the scenes were shot (Arena, Sala Maffeiana, Teatro Filarmonico), and for the lyrical tradition for which Verona is, and must continue to be, ambassador in the world, comments Calì.

The plot, already involving for the subject, also plays another winning card: the friendly participation of IL VOLO, a fresh and young presence, like the two protagonists of the film, Giuseppe Maggio and Francesca Loy, all witnesses, each in his own role, of the prodigiousness of music, and in particular of belcanto.

“A challenge, also for us producers” adds Calì, “to bring Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca on the set, to interpret themselves.  We were the first to succeed and this made us believe even more in the project, obviously also appreciated from the three world-famous artists.”

………………the article continues talking about the subsidies and other non-leading actors.

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Also on you tube appeared this video interviewing the main actress, Francesca Loy.

You can activate the simultaneous translator, however at the beginning questions are asked about the plot.  She says that she can not reveal much because the film has not yet come out.

It is a love story that takes place between St.Petersburg and Verona, two guys who meet and one of them is passionate about opera.

At minute 4.59 Francesca Loy answers questions about the Flight that I’m going to translate.

* Recall that also recite the three guys of IL VOLO, Ignazio Piero and Gianluca, winners of Sanremo in 2015.  Tell us a little gossip, how was acting with them, what types are they?

F= So, I’ll tell you, they are first of all very nice guys, just handy, not at all arrogant, they do not even seem famous.  You realize that when one evening I went out with Gianluca.  We went to Piper (a local in Verona) and he was very quiet, that is, very simple people.

It was exciting, because still hearing them sing live, it is an indescribable emotion.

* Are they as strong as they feel on television?

F = Yes, absolutely yes, they are very nice, all three, especially with Ignazio.  I laughed a lot, they are really sweet and very nice guys.

 

Credit to all owners of article and video.

Il Volo – Celebrity Reactions! (and Tanti Auguri, to the King – from our 3 Princes!)

We all know our guys have had the pleasure and honor to sing, sing to, or sing for, some very special and honored celebrities and stars.  IVPerformances, a Twitter account, has put together a really cute video of our guys with some famous people, including Barbra Streisand and the latest with Sharon Stone.  They want people to watch and share their account.  So, in honor of their hard work, here you go!  It’s on You Tube….

Good job IVPerformances – nicely done!!

 

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Even though I know it’s staged and part of the act, it cracks me up every time I see it, when Barbra says “showoff!” to Ignazio!  Although, in this one, he sounds a little flat?  Sharon sure looks like she’s have a grand time!


As many of us know, January 8, is also the birthday of Elvis Presley!  It’s also the birthday of my first Italian crush and my dear friend’s husband!  Definitely a great day!  lol!  🙂

Here’s to you, Elvis, in honor of Gianluca’s version…this was record in Las Vegas.  It’s simple and beautiful.

 

Enjoy!

 

Jana

p.s.  A big Grazie Mille to Gina, for passing the IVPerformances along to Marie and I!  🙂