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Verona Concert, May 19, 2017~by Valeria Bosch, Daniela’s friend



“Dedicated to all the friends I promised a comment on the first Verona concert.”  Valeria

Shakespeare said that there is no world beyond the walls of Verona (“there is no world without Verona walls”, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, scene III) and although for me, Veronese of ancient generation has always been this way, never was true like today  May 19, 2017: in fact it is concentrated here, in Verona, indeed in its ancient Arena, the world that tonight I want is mine, the world I want to enjoy, that I want to savor and centinine! For more than two years I have been following and loving the music of three young people who, by absurdity, can say I am almost familiar with my own children because they daily inform me about their travels, their concerts every day listening to their songs , I rejoice in their success, get angry and, if necessary, fight if they are unjustly attacked and offended. For the first time tonight I will see them alive, but I keep my emotions closed within me, in fact only for affiliate love is accompanying my son, he is not their admirer, indeed belongs to the category of those who mock them without knowing them . We arrive at nine o’clock, I just have time to notice some ladies who are frantic and think, smiling, that surely they are Facebook friends who have finally met in flesh and bones!

The only person I recognize is the Torpedine manager who stays alongside the stairs to the stage side nervously. And here’s the lights on the stage, the orchestra, the director and then … they, here, strangely cool, are like I’ve seen them a million times on Youtube, TV, DVD, being just a few feet away Away does not send me any particular emotion. Appearance. And they open their mouth: it is Puccini’s “NESSUN DORMA”, and suddenly everything changes, it’s kind of a miracle. Angels from the sky have come down to sing, in this cold evening in Verona, their voices, as superb as they can be recorded, are all another story, the volume of voice and harmony that invests you and crushes you improbable!

First, Gian’s voice, warm and sinuous, envelops you and gulps you in soft velvet shawls, you almost want to be able to distract you more and more, it’s just perfect in tones, in passages, in harmonic turns; then Ignatius enters that voice at the same time fierce and vigorous, but also moved and passionate, who takes you by the hand and carries you to flowering meadows, crystal clear waters and blue skies, a voice that passes so passionately in some passages be able to unleash the emotions from the deepest, the most hidden desires, an ancestral emotion you would ever have thought to be able to try. Finally he closes the circle, Piero. Dear Piero, I have to apologize to you, I send the ash head and I regret it all the times that in my comments I wrote that your voice, while being beautiful and powerful, could not exercise on me or the seduction of Gian’s voice, not the passion of Ignatius’s voice.

When you started your part, I was literally annihilated, a voice so full, with such a harmonious power, a stamp so beautifully deep as I did not expect it: your voice was reeling from the Arena filled with centuries and I with the fantasy I saw the gladiators stop fighting and lions sit down to listen! Then I turned my gaze to my son and did not believe in my eyes. He was stunned, astonished, looking at me as if to say, “but how is it possible?” And I realized that the walls had fallen, that IL VOLO had won another battle! The audience toll is overwhelming, applause and ovations will continue without counting them until the end, in the Arena the “Magic Night” becomes even more magical, in few other places in the world the show is dual, one takes place on the stage, the other on the poles: the glimpse of the full moon to the unbelievable is of those that are not forgotten and the two shows blend together to almost make you feel lost.

 The concert continues without a moment of failure, without the three boys having a fall of yield, a voice fogging: and so they pass all the arias we have so many times enjoyed, three voices, two , the solos. I was a little disappointed that, with respect to Florence,” Mamma” was so tender, but obviously some cut was needed to make room for those who were in the end the most moving songs of the evening: a wonderful “Caruso” of to which the boys make an interview that, I am sure, would be applauded by the same great Lucius, and the incomparable “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”, which Gian, Ignazio and Piero perform so inspired to transform it into an immense choral prayer, capable of touching the heart of anyone, believing or not believing it is. Towards the end of the concert I reflected on how far the guys made the concert from Florence to today, their improvement is palpable, they emanate security, strength, mastery of text and notes: their music accomplishes the miracle of carrying you while listening to them, on a happy island, a kind of island of blessed ones where only the law of love is concerned and its expressions are beautiful and good.

Their voices are at this time the most beautiful we have in Italy and I am proud of the thought that in a few days they will shine the Italian name in the exclusive music temple that is the Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert is at its ultimate performance, and while the happy boys leave in the middle of the general jubilation to a crazy and festive ending with their “GRANDE AMORE”, I, who feel the hostility of my son now dissolved and indeed I became a little girl, I got up and tried to go under the stage, but a severe bodyguard blocked me, and then I just have to look up to Verona’s sky, that sky that tonight had to overwhelm us with thunder and lightning, and instead of the stars, because he felt obliged to adapt to the magic and the charm of a night like this. And as we leave the Arena, the echoes of the last notes go out in the air, but not in our hearts where they will be long, to preserve the magic effects of the wing music that tonight was donated to us.

Note from Daniela:

As promised I am sending you a wonderful review of my friend VALERIA BOSCH of the Verona Concert 19 May.

When I asked Valeria if I could send you the translation, she told me she knew Flight Crew well and that it was honored that I sent it to you.

Note from Jane:

I have left the translation just as it is as it adds to the beauty of the story.  Thank you Valeria, for taking us with you to your incredible night under the stars.  Once again, a huge thank you to Daniela for translating!



The Wind Music Awards – Set your DVRs!

Ciao, Amici!!  It’s time to set those DVRs to record the Wind Awards on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6!   Aren’t you glad all you have to do is push a few buttons?   Remember the “old” days when it took reading a manual and your teenager to help you figure out how to program the old VCR?  🙂  There is something to be said for modern-day technology!  🙂

A little info here on the Wind Music Awards, thanks to Daniela, who translated this article, Il Volo is guaranteed a win for Notte Magica, as it has gone platinum.

Here is some more from the translated article….

I’m sending you this article to clarify the prize assignment method.  As you see it is based exclusively on sales data. The Magic Night CD is Platinum, so it will receive the prize. We all cross our fingers for the live prize that is based on the audience presence at the concerts, but we do not understand whether foreign ones are also taken into account.  The live prize is set up this year for the first time.

Also re-confirmed for this season the desire for music in the summer on Rai1 with Carlo Conti and Vanessa Incontrada who are now paired. In June, two races on Rai1 come to the Wind Music Awards, an event that will give the audience a great musical performance thanks to the presence of the most beloved singers! So much music, performance and laughter in the two premiered shows on Rai1 in the early evening. Many great stars of Italian music will be rewarded for their recent recordings and will perform on the prestigious stage of the Verona Arena for the Wind Music Awards. To present the two evenings, live on Rai 1 starting at 8:35 pm on June 5 and 6, 2017, will be Carlo Conti and Vanessa Incontrada. Do you want to know who will be there? We immediately discover the news and latest advances coming to you directly from Verona Arena!


Here are the first names of award-winning artists:

Alessandra Amoroso, Baigio Antonacci, Benji&Fede, Loredana Bertè, Mario Biondi, Boomdabash, MicheIe Bravi, Briga, Decibel, Francesco De Gregori, Elisa, Elodie, Emma, Fabri Fibra, Francesco Gabbani, Ghali, Giorgia, Raphale Gualazzi, Rocco Hunt, Il pagante, Il Volo, J-Ax & Fedez, Ligabue, Litfiba, Lowlow, Fiorella Mannoia, Marracash e Gué Pequeno, Ermal Meta, Modà, Fabrizio Moro, Gianna Nannini, Nek, Max Pezzali, Gabri Ponte, I Pooh, Eros Ramazzotti, Massimo Ranieri, Francesco Renga (writer of L’more si Muove), Fabio Rovazzi, Sfera Ebbasta, Sergio Sylvestre, Thegiornalisti, Umberto Tozzi, Renato Zero, Zucchero.

As usual, they will be awarded the stars of the Italian music scene that reached (in May 2016 / May 2017) with their albums the “gold”, “platinum” and “multi platinum” achievements and with their singles ” Platinum “and” multiplatin “(FIMI / GfK Retail and Technology Italia certifications).

The “Live Prize” based on SIAE certifications, in collaboration with Assomusica, will be introduced for the first time this year and will be delivered to all the artists who have distinguished themselves for the relevant results obtained in terms of the number of viewers present at their Concerts (in May 2016 / May 2017). Among the “Live Prizes” an acknowledgment will also be reserved for the non-musical live performance that has received the highest number of inputs during the reference period.

The categories selected for the award ceremony during the “live performance night” are: “gold” over 40,000 viewers, “platinum” over 100,000, “double platinum “over 200,000,” triple platinum “over 300,000,” diamond “over 400,000. (surely our guys are at least triple platinum?)

During the evenings, including the participation of Clean Bandit, Imagine Dragons, Lenny, Luis Fonsi and Ofenbach as international guests, will be awarded other awards and special awards for artists who have distinguished themselves as exceptional performers.

Wind Music Awards is realized with the collaboration of the FIMI, AFI, and SME Discography Associations and with the collaboration of SIAE and Assomusica, produced by F & P Group with Ballandi Multimedia for the care and management of all aspects of the event .


From all of the stars that will be there, it looks like it will be quite the program!  I’ve highlighted people I’ve heard of before, as well as those Il Volo have collaborated with – it is quite the list!!

Next week, look for Myron’s review of the show and all the results!

If you don’t already subscribe to RAI1 on your cable or satellite, be sure to call your cable company today and see if they offer RAI1 and if you can subscribe to it.  I don’t know if it is available is all areas, but often they will let you subscribe for just a month, and then you can cancel it.  You can give this link a try on your computer….   This seemed to work for me, but I do not know for sure if it will work for you.  I just ask you do not shoot the messenger (that would be me!)  I also tried the actual RAI1 link, but it seems to be restricted for Italy viewing only.

Which reminds me, I better do it now, too, or I will certainly forget!!  🙂

Ciao for now!


IL VOLO Professional – Notte Magica Las Vegas March 25, 2017

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What happens in Vegas…. well, doesn’t always necessarily STAY in Vegas…. like, what if the guys got stuck there and never came home again?  Ok, you guys in Vegas would be in Il Volo heaven and the rest of us would just HAVE to go out there to see them!

Anyhow, here are some pictures and videos from that fantastic night, from the city of lights!


This one from our own Jeannette, credit to her or owner….

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This one of Ignazio, certainly ranks right up there with my all time favorites! Credit to Il Volo Facebook page.

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Video credits go to Cris Gordon Sh and the pictures that follow…I think this one might have been from Piero?


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This audience picture is from the one and only Babs Vitali!  Just where are they when they sneak those pictures?

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Of course this picture from OMGVIP! group…and the lucky lady that owns this now precious scooter – wonder how much she could get for it now on Ebay?

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Myron’s post coming soon…. and here are a few quotes from the concert and the evening….

“I saw them in Dallas on their last US Tour and they were boys and this Saturday to me they became grown men.” — Gina, TX

“The concert was spectacular… The guys were just simply Super Stars on that stage, they never sounded better or looked more elegant than last night… I could go on forever but I would just be repeating what we have already read from other fans…There are no better singers/entertainers in this world than OUR IL VOLO!!!” — Jeannette, NV