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Tanti Auguri, Ignazio! October 4, 2018

Yes, once again, the Detroit Il Volo gals, celebrated Ignazio’s birthday!  It was a smaller gathering, just 7 of us, but we still had lots of fun!

Again, the day was threatened by rain and storms, but when the time arrived for the party to begin, the skies cleared and it was beautiful.  One of our last warmer 1-igna decweekends for the year, actually!

We did not grill outside, but had homemade lasagna, green bean casserole, tomato and basil salad, lots of appetizers and of course lots of wine and 2 special bottles of 1-igna foodNero d’avola from Sicily!

No games were played, but we did have some fun hanging Ignazio over the fireplace… the old joke comes to mind – “how many does it take to hang a canvas over a fireplace?”  A video was taken of this even and I 1-igna 2think it’s somewhere on Facebook, but I’m not sure where!  🙂

And of course, we had cake!  Chocolate with chocolate filling.  Always so good!  :)1-igna cake

Alas, that is all for the parties for this year – we always save the favorite one for last!  Happy 24th, dear friend! Haha!

Next year, will be Gian’s – maybe he’ll be spending it in New York?  We can only hope!

 

 

Jana

Happy 24th Birthday, Ignazio!

 


 


Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL DAY filled with all the things that bring you JOY. Gina from  Texas


Buon compleanno Ignazio! May life bring you joy and serenity.                  🎂🎂🎂🍾🍾🎉🎉
Leslie Kinn


Happy 24th Birthday to our wonderful, talented, funny and kind Ignazio!

You make me smile when you laugh and smile. It’s contagious!

Have fun celebrating with family and friends!

Auguri,

Patrizia from Missouri


Buon compleanno  auguri igna


Compleanno famiglia   louise


It is hard for me to believe that almost nine years have gone by since I first heard the magic voices of Il Volo.  You, Ignazio, were amazing.  You obviously were singing with pure joy and your eyes sparkled.  I was hooked!  Don’t ever lose that joy in singing!  A Very Happy Birthday and many, many more years of joyous singing!  With love from Minnesota, USA – Allene Shipman
Allene Shipman

Hi Igna from California.  I am sending you my wishes for a very happy birthday.  You have brought such joy into our lives with your voice and great personality, and I wish for you to have as much  joy and happiness as you have given all your fans.  Blessings on you on your special day.
Love
Janet

  TO GORGEOUS IGNAZIO
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST LOVELY MEN ON THE PLANET
WITH A MAGNIFICENT VOICE THAT SOOTHES OUR ILLS
OR STOKES OUR PASSIONS
YOUR PERSONALITY GIVES US ALL IMMENSE HAPPINESS
YOU ARE TRULY A UNIQUE SPECIAL GUY
WE WISH FOR YOUR CELEBRATION DAY TO BE FILLED WITH FUN
LAUGHTER AND EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
                            XXXXXXXXXXXX
Sue and Graham Hemshal

I celebrate you, dear Ignazio,
for all that makes you “You” ~
your magical, impressive, versatile voice
your humor and fun
your sincerity and forthrightness
your dedication to your beliefs
your courage and joy in BeingYou
and more than I can know!
I am grateful to you, dear Ignazio,
for the Love that emanates from
   your heart, your voice, your life!
for the Joy that fills my heart
   in listening and singing with you!
for the Play that makes me laugh
   in watching your antics.
for the miraculous surprises
   I have experienced with you and IL VOLO ~
March 2012 when my mom healed
   in part thanks to your music played daily.
October 2nd, 2012, when you invited me to Meet & Greet.
   (Was I ever more surprised & delighted?!)
March 2017 when you offered back
   praying hands from the stage.
Every Day when I sing and dance and twirl
   in nature to the music of you & IL VOLO!
Namasté & great love from Jeanine @jrd1776

Birthday wishes Ignazio!! You are so talented, so very handsome and your infectious personality draws fans to you from all around the world! Love your interactions with your Il Volo brothers while on stage. I can’t wait for another American tour to be drawn into that special magic you have with your audience! Buon Compleano & Tanti  Auguri🎂🎂❤️❤️Annette Naples, Fl.

Ignazio, wishing you a wonderful day and an amazing life …… Happy Birthday! From Ineke in South Africa.

To the irrepressible Igna, full of passion and energy with a voice that touches the soul. You have a gift of connecting with people that is truly rare. Continue to use it and your splendid soaring voice in that positive, loving way you have. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.  ~~ Ann


Ignazio – Have a very Happy 24th Birthday and many, many more. May God bless you and your family and keep you safe and healthy.
Alice in Florida


Caro Ignazio,

Auguri di buon compleanno. Ti auguro il meglio del mondo e tanta salute.  Successo continuo con Il Volo.

Molti saluti, 
    Petra

Buon compleanno Ignazio!!!
Hope you have a fabulous birthday with your family and friends.  We miss you and hope to see you soon. 
Love the Rosas Family ( Angelica, Ines, and Miguel)
Las Vegas, NV

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
I HEAR YOUR VOICES AND
ALL MY PAIN GOES AWAY.
Sandy Wilkinson

A toast to you Ignazio on your birthday!!

Thanks for the joy you give us by sharing your
exceptional talents and your lively sense of
humor.  Hope you never change.
Enjoy your day with friends and loved ones.
Luv Ya,
Julie Bernache

Caro Ignazio,
 
E’ così che ti immagino, uno spirito libero,
ma anche un ragazzo molto professionale, che nell’impegno lavorativo, dona tutto se stesso, con serietà,
che spesso ride e scherza, ma che ha un grande cuore.
 
Auguri, “Spirito libero”!!
con affetto: Daniela
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Dear Ignazio,
 
That’s how I imagine you, a free spirit,
but also a very professional boy, who in his work commitment, gives everything to himself, with seriousness,
who often laughs and jokes, but who has a big heart.
 
Best wishes, “free spirit” !!
with love: Daniela.

 


Hey, Ignazio,
 
I want to wish you a really great birthday ! ! !  With family or with friends or both I hope it is meaningful for you.  You are always easy to talk to either in person or by phone.
 
Looking forward to seeing you here in Vegas again.
Myron  from  Il Volo Fan Faire   in Las Vegas

Happy Birthday May you have many many more from Denver Colorado (Frances P)

HAPPY BITHDAY SWEET MAN, YOU ARE A GOOD SOUL. KEEP ON KEEPING ON AND I HOPE AT SOME POINT YOU FIND SOMEONE WHO IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU. YOU ARE MY FAVORITE BY THE WAY. I AM 73 AND I STILL LOVE THOSE DIMPLES, LOVE ALWAYS PAT DAVIS

Happy Birthday! Ignazio, it is the perfect time to celebrate your special day with you. You are a very special young man. You are so talented and have a beautiful heart of gold. You are everything a woman wants in a man. I pray you find the right woman to share your life with that is worthy of you. Enjoy your day and I cannot wait to see you in concert someday in the USA. Best wishes and Felicidades! Love you and The Flight. 🎉🍾🎂💋💋 ~~ Linda Halbert

Happy Birthday my handsome Ignazio. You’ve brought so much joy into my life. I hope you have a beautiful day.
❤❤❤❤❤💋💋💋💋💋 ~~ Kitty Gatlin


You’ve captivated my heart from LA Showcase although I knew of you before. I have wondered if your magical heart has grown, I’ve chosen to seek you once more, what I’ve found has mesmerized me. I’m held captive and stagnated in another world of your magic. Your passion for your music has kept me in amazement of your soul. I loved everything of you from afar, I wish you one of the best birthdays you’ve had so far. I may not be around for the next one as I move forward with my life. I’m so blessed I’ve finally found you, Your magical power has engulfed my life I will carry it with me forevermore. May all your dreams come true on this special birthday. I wish you stay as Magical and never ever change. ~~ MB


A very Happy Birthday Ignazio with many happy returns I love when you sing feelings because you sing it with such intensity  ~~ Betty Allan


Happy Birthday Ignazio.  Have a wonderful day  ~~ Camille Greco

Ignazio Ignazio…. Le Vita e Bella because of the joy and Grande Amore you bring to your audiences.. You have truly given all of your fans and audiences all ove IL Mondo….Somebody to Love. Ciao Ciao Bambino❤♥💕🎵🎶💋.  ~~ rmlamonte

 


Dear Ignazio,
Warmest wishes for a lovely birthday filled with much love and happiness!  Thank you for all the beautiful music and joy you give. Looking forward to hopefully seeing you on tour in 2019!
God bless you always.
Margaret Ladolcetta

Wishing you a wonderful birthday!
Love your voice!
Love your smile!
Love your personality!
Can’t wait to see you all again!
Penina Honig
Toronto
Canada

Dear Ignazio many good wishes to you on your Birthday. God has blessed you with your great tenor voice, a wonderful sense of humor. I admire your caring for people in need. Your goodness shows in your voice. You can go from the amazing beautiful Neapolitan songbook to Opera, and then to Broadway. The awesome harmonies you have  with your brothers is extraordinary. I would love to hear you sing Andrew Lloyd Webber “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. You have the voice and looks to be the best Phantom ever.
Again a very Happy Birthday! Buon Compleanno!         Vince Padovano, Brooklyn, NY.

Dearest Ignazio,
Happy Birthday wishes to such an extraordinary, accomplished and gifted man.  I am very proud of all you do and your generosity to others!  I found a perfect birthday gift for you.  I bought a small book of contemporary love poems, that I made me think of you. I could envision your ability to convert poetry to musical lyrics.  So I am enclosing the poem, as a small gift.  Consider it as a small gift from a granny to a favorite grandson.
 SCORCHED WINGS
Those rare times
you are near enough
for me to watch the gleam
of sun on the hairs
of your wrist,
smell the tang
of your skin,
you are always
busy with other
conversations,
                         or
do not wish to
notice me
sitting silent
behind you.
The kisses I
have never had
burn my lips,
and I build
senseless daydreams.
Scorched wings
do not fly well
even away.
The poet is Amy Jo Schooner
Happy, fun-day birthday,
Sandi E.    Ohio, USA

My message to Igna:  Ignazio you are my renaissance man,  every thing you do, you do with passion and a maturity beyond your years.
I wish you a long and happy future.  Even though you probably don’t know your impact in my life, I thank you for being a part of it, you  are a treasure to me.
Happy Birthday to you, Buon Compleanno.
  ~~ yiayiadawg

My dear precious Ignazio I cannot pass up the chance again to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the handsomest & best singer I have ever met. You are my heartthrob who is patiently hoping & praying you could make it back to Canada so I could see you in person & give you a special hug. I love you as much as I do my grandson. Please protect your precious voice & keep yourself safe along with your partners. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is praying for safe traveling for you boys. Please see if you can squeeze in a concert back to Canada then I will be on top of the world. Love & prayers are constantly sent your way. I will never forget how you came off the stage in Toronto to see if I got home safely the previous day. You are a very special young man to me who is constantly in my thoughts & listening to your music. Loretta Foley

Happy 24th Birthday Ignazio I wish you the happiest of birthdays – may you have a special day filled with love family and dear friends. You are the sun the moon and the stars – You are the universe. From the moment I heard your beautiful voice, saw your beautiful and handsome face and found out what a special and caring heart you have, I was hooked. Your amazing and beautiful voice lifts me way up whenever I hear you. Listening to your voice starts my day! Ignazio You Light Up My Life each and every day. I hope you will be able to see all the warm birthday wishes your IlVolover fans send to you today. I want you to know your joy is infectious, your sense of humor is endearing and I can hardly wait for your 2019 tour with with your brothers to arrive. May God always keep you safe and in the palm of His hand.
Love always
Margaret D. Mirailh

Happy Birthday Ignazio. Wishing you many more wonderful and exciting celebrations. You are the sunshine of my life.   Connie Gagliardi

Happy Birthday many more mine is a day after you libras are good people love you many happy returns!  Maureen Parucca

I call you “IL VOLO ” MY ITALIAN BOYS, KIND BOYS.
IM 65 YEARS. I MADE MY PEACE WITH GOD, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NOW, IL VOLO.
MY FLIGHT
IS GOING UPPER TO HEAVEN.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
I HEAR YOUR VOICES AND
ALL MY PAIN GOES AWAY.
Sandy Wilkinson

DON FORGET IGNA NIET – Louise van Hemert

Happy Birthday Ignazio
Have a wonderful day.  –  Camille Greco

Happy Birthday May you have many many more from Denver Colorado.  – Frances Pastore

Our Dearest Igna…
There is a phrase, “be still my heart” and a song sung by Keely Smith… “be my love, for no one else can end this yearning…”  That is what you do to us, Ignazio…. With each breath you take to sing your lovely notes, our hearts stop beating and our lungs stop breathing, you give us our life’s breath and heartbeat, with each note you let linger on your lips.  You breathe into us life and love beyond what any soul can possibly bare, and we drink in each drop of song that you share with us.  Each note, each word, each soft breath and each long note you hold, you instill pure love and energy that nothing and no one can match.  The love for your fans and the joy you share with us is so honest and true, we are humbled by your humbleness – in that, you are truly the epitome of a rare beauty, only known to you.  If there were to be a new rose, it should be named Ignazio, for no other can compare to your beautiful soul.  It would be of pure white with just a tinge of pink and orange on the edges.  The purity of your soul and the warmth of your heart.  We look forward to celebrating your birthday again this year on Oct 6.  God truly blesses you, as well as He blesses us, for allowing us to experience all that is you.  Many birthday wishes and blessings, to infinity, and back again!
You are, and will forever be, my beniamino!  🙂
Jana VandeLaare and the Detroit Il Volo Gals!  (Virginia, Sharon, Lorna, Donna, Magdalena, Betty, Barb D, Barb T, Jeannette, Chris, Emilia)

ILVOLOVERS all over the world are joining hands to wish you a very HAPPY “24th” BIRTHDAY DEAR IGNAZIO !! You are a very special young man with a magnificent voice, kind heart,beautiful smile and vivacious spirit !! Always and Forever “ Dream, Dance, Smile and Sing Loudly !! Have a GREAT day full of Grande Amore !! WE LOVE YOU !! 💕🎂💕🎂💕 Love &Hugs, Joan Brenin (The Granny Groupies !! )

Buon Compleanno, Ignazio! I hope you have the most extra special birthday. Thank you for the gift of your sweet, kind and loving heart in all our lives. Your smile makes our days brighter and your happy, carefree personality reminds us of how important it is to fully embrace all the beautiful moments life gives us. Your voice is a blessing from above. Keep being the special person that you are and follow your heart always in all you do. We love you, Igna…auguri!!! Christina Q 💛

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Bridge Collapse in Genoa, Italy

On Tuesday this week, the residents of Genoa Italy were devastated with a bridge collapsed.  At the time of one of the early articles, 37 people were presumed dead, and death toll was already rising:

Italy Bridge Collapse Leaves 37 Dead….  New York Times

 

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The cause and whom is to blame is being highly debated.  The reasons are not yet clear, but some are being considered:

Italy Bridge Collapse: What Might Have Caused It  ~~BBC

Some articles I have seen have harsher, more definitive leanings about what they think is the cause and who is to blame, but for the purposes of this piece, that is not necessarily important.   It’s more important that people’s lives have been changed, and the people of Geona are grieving.  Our hearts go out to the Italian people at this time.

~~ Kelly

 

#FBF: Painfully Beautiful

Hello from finally sunny Gulf Shores!

It’s unfortunate that the weather has changed for the better just as we’re leaving , but I have had some time to enjoy Il Volo’s music from way back….

Like back when they first had an album and we found their talent to be …. Painfully Beautiful.

I love this song…and don’t know why I don’t listen to it more often. …   Enjoy!

~~ Kelly

 

#FBF: Name That Picture: Answers

Hello!

 

Dancing with The Stars

1.)

@ilvolo_salta.argentina
dancing with the stars

Grand Prix Formula 1 Racing, Abu Dhabi — 2014

2.)

@ilvolomusic; LiJoy
Il Volo – Formula 1 Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi 2014

Juarez Rehersal, 2014

3.)

@theilvoloversmx
Juarez rehearsal 2014

Taormina Concert, 2014

 

4.)

@ilvolofccampobello FB21
Il Volo – prelude to next number? Taormina 2014

Unicef Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, Houston, 2013

Extra Credit: (Who is  Il Volo Pictured with?)

***** Margaret Alkek Williams;  local philanthrapist     click —->      Margaret Alkek Williams Keeps a Busy Schedule

***** Jesse Metcalfe; actor     click —>    Jesse Metcalfe Wikipedia

5.)

Il Volo with Margaret Alkek Williams By @ilvolo -Audrey Hepburn Society Ball – Houston -2013