And the second concert also came. Since the morning, the concert was in doubt, as a strong storm and big black clouds were above the city.
But our boys have brought the serene, as well as a beautiful event.
The concert was held in the beautiful and fortified star-shaped city of Palmanova.
Here the first impact with people.
And here is a beautiful review of that evening.
Hello everyone, yesterday for “Musica tour” in Palmanova, as you know, there was some abrupt interruption coming from the sky that it did not appear at all of a blue, light blue but, in spite of all the forecasts, the work of the evening was continued until when we reached the soundcheck. The boys welcomed us with their smiles and from there the thought of those threatening clouds dissolved completely.
Among the fleeting notes, they chatted amicably, Piero and Ignazio finally embraced and greeted everyone while Gianluca tried to solve a problem of agreements for his solo …
Once the hour struck, between agitation and emotion, the triumph began with “IL MONDO” and from that moment to each of their vibrations corresponded laughter, tears and tremors that had nothing to do with the cold … all exploding in standing ovations impossible to restrain, we should live it to understand … I wonder how some press is so dull, in any case our dear boys continue to conquer with their immensity that grows undeterred, always wonderful.
Here is Luce holding Piero.
Beautiful solo by Gianluca who sings “MI MANCHERAI” from the soundtrack of the filmIL POSTINO.
And then, the other solo by Gianluca, “SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN”. Magnificent.
Here is another review written by Andras Karpati:
“There is no business, like show business!” We arrived up to Palmanova (Italy) to watch IL VOLO kick off the concert of their latest album: Musica. They will have the last concert of the Eastern European tour in Budapest on September 29th, brought to you by Csimborasszo Production. Some people call this work, I call it “VITA” and I consider it a blessing as I can follow my dreams every day! Two things marked on my bucket list within 48 hours. 😉 I also feel blessed for my fantastic partners / colleagues, who share the passion and show that teamwork and team spirit know no borders.
IL VOLO – these guys are always amazing on and off the stage.
In the picture, you see Andras with the yellow shirt. I believe I understood that he is part of the accredited press and he made a concert post, for Csimborasszo Production, here it is.
Il Volo, three fantastic voices, three charming gentle and open, inappropriately young and yet incredibly professional. It is always an experience to meet them, even more experience to see them on stage and hear them, but all this in their homeland. In the beautiful village, in the main square of Palmanova, under the sky and hearing thousands of people singing their songs, along with them, is something indescribable. No matter what they sing, opera, crossover, pop, For them all styles are good, “you got it right”.
These three young singers are surrounded by an endless love in Italy.
After their first concert in Budapest last December, we can see them and hear them live on September 29th in the capital of our country.
And here’s a nice service on the concert, aired on regional television. Translate for you.
The stars of IL VOLO conquer the starry city.
The new tour of the three Italian “tenorini” has passed from Palmanova, to be precise a tenor, a baritone and a pop tenor, star of world music.
An applauded concert, with over 3500 people, with many fans also coming from abroad, Austria, Slovenia, Eastern Europe and even the United Kingdom.
Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, accompanied by the orchestra, gave two hours of great music. In the lineup the classics of Italian and international opera and popular singing, from “IL MONDO”, to “L’IMMENSITA”, from “MY WAY” to “VOLARE”.
Great final with “GRANDE AMORE”, with which they won Sanremo 2015. For them, standing ovation, for this unmissable tour that will culminate with the show at the Arena di Verona.
A tour and a new album, MUSICA, which kick off the celebrations for the 10 years of their incredible career.
In autumn, they will travel Europe and Latin America, in 2020 the United States and Canada.
The artistic history of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, begins in 2009 by TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, the song talent of RAI dedicated to children. From there, they conquer the world. Average age, 25 years, bols smiles, faces of good guys and talent to sell, Il Volo of the three “tenorini” seems really unstoppable.
And these are the beautiful, enthusiastic words of Maestro Grani after the concert.
Reposted from @giampierograni – A Palmanova è andata benissimo!! La prossima sarà a Roma! ✌️👌🎹#giampierograni(A Palmanova went very well !! The next will be ROME.)
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But how much I enjoyed reading the review of a man in charge of the press, who noted, all the love that these three boys dispense, because said by a woman (we are certainly more sensitive) is taken for granted, but it is not for nothing, said by a man.
But the master Grani said well, Rome awaits you !!!
Still, some beautiful photos of the evening.
And finally this beautiful video that talks about the Bel Canto, recorded in Matera.
Camille Greco:Piero have a wonderful birthday 🎂♥️🎂♥️
Mònica: Estás son las mañanitas que cantaba el Rey David hoy por ser día de Piero se las cantamos así ❤️🎁🎹🎼
Joan Guyon:Happy birthday Piero. You have given me much joy since I first knew you. From Joanie in california
sassylady1937:Happy Birthday Piero to a sweet man who sings like an angel and whom I dearly love to hear. You have an outstanding and far reaching voice and I love to hear you sing solo or with Gianluca and Ignazio. I call you “my guys” somethin about my guys song that reminds me of you three. I am old enough to be your great grandma and I love my guys just in that way. I truly pray I will see you here in America in 2020 God willing. Take care, blow out the candles and make a wish. Happy Birthday and many more. Hugs and love. Jackie ❤️
Jeanette Hicks: Happiest of Birthday’s Piero, and may all of your fondest dreams come true!
Linda Parks: Happy Birthday, Piero! I wish you a wonderful day, filled with family and friends and love from around the world. My Best to you… Linda Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Rose Lomonte:Happy Birthday Piero! 🎂🎈🎉🎂. Never stop singing with your God given talent, May God Bless you. May you have a wonderful Birthday filled with love and many Blessings. 🎼🎤🎹🌅🎼🎂🥂🍿
Sebrinia Davis: Happy birthday Piero 🎂🎂🎂🎉🎉🎉. I pray you have a beautiful and blessed day .
Victoria and Jay:Happy Birthday Piero. We’ve loved you since we first heard that beautiful and powerful voice of yours. May you have the happiest of birthdays. You are a miracle to all of us.
lorelei h Thompson: Happy birthday.
MAUREEN LONGO:HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIERO. WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU, YOU WERE IN YOUR TEENS. MAY YOUR 26TH YEAR BRING YOU MUCH HAPPINESS
Mila:Happy Birthday Piero!! Wishing you Happiness, Success, lots of good friends and lots of smiles!
Jane McDowall:Wishing you a very happy birthday Piero thank you for your wonderful voice you and the boys are magic. Love and kisses. Jane. xxxx
Regina Hanna: Happy Birthday Piero. Your voice gives joy to so many and your maturity and take charge attitude keep you 3 boys a brotherhood. Wishes for a great summer tour in Italy.
Joseph Cefalu: Happy Birthday Piero
Carolyn: Happy Birthday, Piero!! Have a beautiful day! My oldest granddaughter is the same day as your beautiful sister. Happy belated birthday to your very pretty sister as well!!
Linda Henderson: A very Happy Birthday Piero!! I love your God given talent and your personality! Hope you enjoy YOUR day! Hope to see you all in 2020! Have a wonderful tour and stay safe! Much happiness yo you and yours!!🎂💙🎶😘
Irene Kumbar:Happy birthday dear Piero, you already have success, so I wish you love, happiness, blessing to end of times… Thank you for enriching our lives with so much beauty, I ‘ m following you from your first PBS special in Detroit…. how much you had grown up, from three wonderful little shy boys to incredibly handsome young men, worldwide stars, and still so much to go for since you are so young. God bless you, and thank you, Love from Florida I will see you Wednesday in Rome!!!
Jane:Happy Birthday Piero! It’s all been said, but I will say it again…you are such an amazing person with talent that reaches to the stars! Thank you for filling our world with your magnificent voice and kind heart.
Leslie Kinn: Piero, wishing you a delightful birthday. May you always find joy and beauty in life to grow your heart. 🎉🍾🎂
penina honig: Happy Birthday Piero! I hope all your dreams come true and that I am still around to hear about your debut at La Scala! May you be blessed always.
Kay radge: Have a fab birthday from your biggest uk fan, god bless you-kay from england
Natalia Margarita: Querido Piero, te deseo toda la felicidad del mundo, espero que sigas siendo ese hombre tan bello de espíritu y alma. Un abrazo, te verée Octubre 5 en BajaMar México Un abrazo
Susan Medal: Best wishes for a Happy Birthday Piero and wonderful year ahead. Your voice is not only a gift for you, but for all of us as well. Cannot wait to meet you in 2020, and will be anticipating seeing you at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York one day soon Your puppet maker, Susan
Kathryn Bernache:Piero – 26 candles – Wow Sending lots of love, hugs, kisses and Happy Birthday wishes Luv Ya Julie Bernache
Gale Wall: I WISH YOU THE HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY, HOPING YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL 26TH ANNIVSARY OF YOUR BIRTH. YOU HAVE A AMAZING POWER VOICE THAT MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL TALENT WITH THE WORLD.
Elizabeth Fuentes: Muy Feliz Cumpleaños Piero, desde Chile te envio los mejores deseos de buena salud, amor de la familia, amistades y fans por todo el mundo y, por supuesto que nos sigas cantando muchas bellas canciones, con tu maravillosa voz . Felicidades, nos vemos en Chile!!!
Rose Marie Paliobeis:Buon Compleanno to one of my favorite young men 😘. May you have a long, happy life.
Sally: Happy Birthday Piero, songbird with such a thrilling voice. Please keep sharing your marvelous gift with your fans for many, many, many years. I, too, look forward to hearing you sing on the opera stages but I also love hearing your pop songs in harmony with Gianluca and Ignazio. Your smile, your energy, your sense of fun sends such a positive vibe to your audiences. I wish all the best in life!
Kimberley Kaul:Happy Birthday Piero. Instead of the traditional song we would sing this to you. “This day is such a special one; It’s birthday time for you. I’d really like to celebrate your happy day with you. Zip-a-dee-ay and heigh-dee-ho, here’s something I can do. I’ll sing a song that we all know. Happy Birthday to you!” Wishing you the best to come for 2019.
pitterpat0:Buon compleanno 26, Piero! To the guy with the beautiful smile 😄 and powerful voice 🎤 I wish the best birthday ever celebrating with family and friends. 🎂🎈 🎉 💝 AUGURI! Love, Pat from Missouri
Margaret M Ladolcetta: Happy Birthday Piero and best wishes for a lovely day with family and friends! Thank you for all the beautiful music and the joy and peace it brings to us. Looking forward to seeing you in 2020! God bless you and keep you.
Betty: Happy Birthday, Piero❣️Hope your special day is filled with much joy❣️❤️🎂Love you most of all….I’m 72 on 6/26. We almost share a Birthday….Il Volo is fantastic…love, Betty 🥰
Ineke: Congratulations on your Birthday and may there be many more. I am the one who’s accent you recognized as being from Johannesburg and I was so surprised!!!. Have a beautiful day Piero.
Blanche Graff: Piero, May blessings for a most Healthy Happy Birthday on filled with Joy and fun. You and the guys have been so much part of my life’s. Enjoy your day as it is yours only. Love, Blanche. Graff. U S A 🎂💙😘
Donalee Dragna:Aguriiiiiiiii! Happy Birthday, Piero! May the coming year be filled with much joy and good madness and all your favorite things!💜
Mark:To a fine young man with a powerful and handsome voice, Happy Birthday and many more! Surrounded by family and friends.
Crystal Dawn: Happy 26th! I wish you birthday joy and grande Amore. I loved visiting your village of Naro prior to attending the two Matera concerts. You have a sublime voice, grounded humble character, and generous personality. May the Divine Mother protect you and guide you. Crystal Dawn Oregon, USA (Prayed for you on CAMINO de Santiago pilgrimage—Dario graciously forwarded photos to you)
concetta gagliardi: Happy Birthday Piero. Wishing you many more wonderful celebrations. Been a follower of Il Volo from your first PBS special.
Diane Hyzer: Happy Happy Birthday to one of the greatest singers ever!! Plus…he’s very handsome too!!!
ashipman2441:Happy Birthday, Piero and many, many returns of the day! I hope your dream of singing in an opera comes true soon. But, please, please don’t leave Il Volo. I love the three of you so very, very much. Love from Minnesota, Allene Shipman
Buon compleanno Piero !!! Savor every precious moment of this special year while at home and abroad. May you have a lively birthday full of love and joy. With warmest wishes, Angelica Rosas Las Vegas, NV
Happy Birthday to you, Piero! I wish you have a beautiful day in the company of your loved ones. Good luck in your career. Hope your wishes come true today and always. Love, Ines Rosas Las Vegas, NV
Happy 26th Birthday my dear Piero. Wishing you all the best on your 10th anniversary tour with your Il Volo brothers. I look forward to seeing and hearing you in concert soon!! America awaits you🎂🎂 Buon Compleanno🎉🎉 Annette, Rhode Island & Naples, Fl
Warmest Birthday Greetings, Dear Piero. It is a joy to again wish you a Happy Birthday. You bring so much joy to so many people that you richly deserve all the blessings that come your way. All your hard work and your pleasing personality should be rewarded. Many Happy Returns of the Day. Lesley Newall, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Buon compleanno Piero. Possa tu avere felicità sempre. Jean
Caro Piero sei un uomo così forte e determinato, il tuo sogno è sempre stato quello di cantare un’opera intera, non ho nessun dubbio, ci riuscirai. In quel giorno gioirai e noi tutte gioiremo con te perchè ti vogliamo bene e perchè tu avrai finalmente raggiunto il tuo obbiettivo.
Dear Piero you are such a strong and determined man, your dream has always been to sing a whole opera, I have no doubt, will succeed. On that day you will rejoice and we will all rejoice with you because we love you and because you will finally have reached your goal.
Pierrrrrooooo! Happy 26th birthday! I hope you have a spectacularly successful and fulfilling year. I will see you in Verona! Birthday hugs from San Francisco, California. Janet
Credit to owners of photos and to Kelly for her marvelous video!
Well, the first concert in Matera was done, besides the special for PBS.
At the next concert, that of Palmanova, there are some days off …… what to do ??? Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, have thought well, instead of resting, to do a nice fashion photo shoot.
For who? Still no one knows, but this time there are no little-dressed girls, only the three of them with clothes very suitable for their age, jeans and t-shirts, modern, nice and beautiful.
G = Hello, we are almost ready for today’s photo shoot.
Guys, say hello!
We all know that our Gianluca could be a perfect model!
Piero, but are you the photographer?
Wow Wow Wow 😲 😍
G = The super-star has arrived, “mamma mia”, Dolce & Gabbana, look at him, you are a model, look at him, with palm trees, where are you from, from Hawaii?
But maybe the photo shoot wasn’t just in the studio, it continued outside and as a location, a stable with horses.
Or maybe they are two different photo shoots, we will know when they are published, but look how beautiful Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero are with horses.
G = Mamma mia, you spoil me too much though, so it’s not good.
P = Paolina (name of the mare), Paolina, what is there, greets everyone.
I = Someone complained, what have you got down there? There is something wrong??? You have something against it, little gentleman (he refers to the horses).
And now look at how sweet our Ignazio is with this horse.
I = But do you want a little kiss? (horse says yes with the head) You want the little kiss, right? You want it, come here. (gives him a kiss) Do you want another one? Do you want another kiss? But tell me, do you want another kiss? (horse says yes with the head) And you have to tell me (gives him a kiss) Do you want another one? Do you want another kiss? If you don’t tell me yes I can’t understand, yes or no? (horse says yes with the head) You want another kiss, yes, firm, firm that I give you the kiss (gives him a kiss) …. he wants kisses. What’s up? Call me?, do you want another kiss? Do you want another one? But you have to tell me yes or no. (horse says yes). He wants another kiss. (laughter)
But how sweet was our Ignazio, it is clear that he has love for horses, in fact we remember that he has two in Sicily, but unfortunately he sees very little for the countless work commitments.
We know almost nothing about this or these photo shoots, but we were pleased to see our boys, who are not only good singers, but also excellent and beautiful models.
And here is the report of the concert in Matera, lived by Crystal Dawn, member of Flight Crew.
Ciao Flight Crew! I have arrived in Japan after a 30 hour travel day by my wristwatch.
I had little sleep— only 3 hours after the end of the Matera concert and my departure from Matera to make all my connection (bus, two trains, and two planes) prior to my arrival in Japan where I am visiting my son and meeting my one year old granddaughter Fiorina. Now for the highly desired concert details……
The signs we were holding up had written on them “Grazie Ragazzi” with a heart. We were instructed by Matera fan club members to raise the papers and wave them when Piero entered the stage for their first song. The guys were clearly touched from this gesture.
This Cava de Sole concert was another beautiful setting in Matera with a lovely sunset as the backdrop prior to the beginning. The sound quality much better for me here than at the PBS concert.
My front row seat was directly center. I was very close and when Piero sat on the edge of the stage near the end of the concert. I was the first to reach his side with Antonia a few paces behind me. I was able to hear the power of his voice as it entered the microphone. Quite a thrill. I was also first to reach Gianluca when he stood on the speakers (he did not sit). Such a beautiful smile as he acknowledged fans below him.
The banter near the middle of the concert when Gianluca acknowledged the inclusion of several songs in English and any Americans present— I had my hand raised and he pointed to me and asked where I was from and I said, “Oregon.”
Security was very heavy at both concerts, with local police, military, and hired security people—not necessarily staff. I do not know if this is usual, or new. But when fans approached the stage at the Sunday concert security pushed in and quickly pushed us back. Several times I felt it was a bit over the top as we were being very respectful of the guys.
The guys delivered an amazing concert. More relaxed than the PBS concert. Ignazio wore a black shirt and no jacket. Piero white shirt and jacket, and Gianluca in all black—always very stylish.
This concert was also fairly intimate with only about 500 seats—I overheard someone state that number and looking around I would agree. The evening warm, the lighting and sound breathtaking.
When the drums beat for the opening of “Musica Che Resta” I felt the vibration throughout my body. Alessandro Quarta delivered a passionate accompaniment. It is a sublime mixture of the guys and Alessandro. I was very happy to learn of his partnership in this tour.
This Musica concert was more in keeping with my concert expectations. I do feel that as this was their first one, that as they continue throughout Italia that they will be even more relaxed and have more fun on stage with each other and their audiences. By the time they reach America they will have a finely honed mixture of songs and banter.
My one GREAT disappointment was not having the opportunity to enjoy a meet and greet with the guys. Yes, prior to the PBS sound check I was able snatch a quick photo with only Gianluca and Piero—but no conversation in the few seconds exchange as they literally ran past me. Matera was considered a “Zero” concert by the promoters (why I do not understand). In any case, I had made great effort to attend. I extended my travels by two weeks to attend this concert—which gifted me with the extra days to visit their home villages (Roseto degli Abruzzi, Montepagano, Naro, Marsala (eating at Nina’s pizzeria), and Bologna). Prior to my travels in Italia, I was praying in 10 churches (along the Camino de Santiago during my 800 kilometers pilgrimage walk) for for IL VOLO’s continued success, well-being, prosperity, and joy. I traveled for 100 days with often an IL VOLO focus. To literally come to the end of my trip and not achieve that goal of spending a few minutes chatting with guys was honestly depressing for me. I was literally soooo close to them physically for the two concerts, yet also so far away with regards to meaningful conversation.
The guys always deliver a spectacular professional performance, are engaging with their audience, appreciate their band and orchestra members, and acknowledge their management. They are humble, sweet, gorgeous young men.
I was very honored to be able to attend both concerts in the historic Matera. It is now a cherished memory of a lifetime.
Once again, thank you so much Crystal Dawn for your report.
I have to correct a number.
You say there were 500 people, newspapers say 1,500.
I feel satisfied with what you saw, and I think you could interact with the guys.
You also did a beautiful spiritual journey.
It is true, you did not have the opportunity to exchange a few words with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, but you must believe me, do you know how many would have liked to have been in your place, attached them to the stage where Piero was sitting and close to Gian?
Thanks again for this report.
Our other crew member also sent me her impressions, here they are:
It was really extraordinary, I don’t know what to tell you what I liked most. For me the solo of Ignazio and also that of Piero and then the duet between all is three. But I didn’t make the video.
It was really nice when Piero said … “Now we have to sing a song in English for our fans who came from the United States.” I don’t know if it is possible but I always fall in love with them a little more every time I go there I see them in concert . It was really an exciting night.
I also thank you for your impressions.
Of course you were also in magnificent places, front row, you witnessed a beautiful concert during a beautiful sunset in an immortal city.
What can I say …… jealousy …. no, we are happy for you !!!!
The first articles and videos about the first concert in Matera have come out, some really nice.
Beautiful is this TRMh24 video that summarizes the evening, enjoy the images and activate the subtitles.
This is from Murgia Live 24, Radio Altamura 1. In this video, people entering to watch the concert are interviewed, they are very nice short interviews, in their answers we find all our thoughts.
I translate for you.
Where are you coming from? From Matera. From Matera, why IL VOLO, what is written on the sign? It says: Unique emotion, one thought. Ten years of career, Il VOLO. How wonderful, why do you love them? Because they are very good and sincere guys, they are not presumptuous, and of course they sing very well, they have a real natural talent. They are great, I love them.
Where are you from? From Perugia Why Il Volo? Because we always follow them, since they started, this is the sixteenth concert, and we have another five scheduled for this summer. Even? Yes, in Taormina and everywhere. We also went to Naro in Sicily. How wonderful, thanks.
Where are you from? From Matera. What’s your name? Antonella and Rita Why Il Volo? They are great, they are a show. The favorite song? Grande Amore What will you do when they sing this song? We will go directly under the stage, or we will even go over the stage.
Where do you come from? From Matera. Why Il Volo, ma’am? Because they have a music genre that makes me shudder. Your favorite song? Grande Amore, by far.
Where are you from? I from Policoro (near Matera), but my friend is from Poland. Even from Poland? From Warsaw Why Il Volo? Because they are extraordinary and deserve the success they have had. Thank you
It’s a video, we’re on Radio Altamura 1, where do you come from? From Matera What’s your name? Gabriella. Nunzia. Why Il Volo? Because I like them. The favorite song? Grande Amore
I’ll come to you, where do you come from? From Matera, always from Matera. Is she a lady from Matera too? Yes, I am from Matera. Look, lady, why Il Volo? Because they are very good. What do you like? I like all of them, all their songs and how they are. And Grande Amore? Grande Amore is beautiful. Great
Where do you come from? From Gallipoli. Why Il Volo? Because they are fantastic, what other explanation. Thank you
Where do you come from? My city is Matera 2019, capital of Europe culture. Why Il Volo lady? Because their music transmits emotions to the heart. Thank you
So where do you come from? Naples. But really Naples center? Yes. Why Il Volo? and why Matera? Because they are special and I love them.
Where are you coming from? From Lecce so far away. Why Il Volo? Because they are three simple and genuine and very good guys. Thank you
Where are you coming from? Matera Why Il Volo? Because they are special, they are three good guys and I like their songs.
Where does she come from? From Matera Why IL Volo? Why tonight here? Because it’s nice, see Il Volo. They’re good? Well done.
Where do you come from? From Matera. From Matera too, why Il Volo? Because we like them. From one to ten? 10 10 and praise with the academic kiss? Exactly, it’s normal.
Where are you coming from? I’m from Vietri sul mare, from Salerno, from Campania. They’re telling me you’re a soprano. Yes, I’m a soprano. Why Il Volo? Because we love the same musical genre, I’m soprano, and then I know them. What do you expect this evening? To get excited, they are very good and therefore, to share this evening with them.
Where is he from? From Palagiano. Why Il Volo? My sister is crazy about Il Volo, so I had to go with her, of course. But I like them too.
We are in Cava del Sole Matera, why Il Volo? Because it was a wish of both my mother and my in-laws and mine too. Where is he from? From Gioia del Colle, Taranto.
Madam, where did you come from? From Potenza. From Potenza, why Il Volo? Because I have been following them since they started their career, I have followed their entire path, I love them, I love them, as if they were my grandchildren.
Why Il Volo, why are you here? No, no. Why are they good? They are unique? Yes, I think they are very humble people, and they give me a lot of emotions. Where are you from? From Calabria. From Calabria, and how old are you? Fourteen Wow Why Il Volo? Because they are unique and inimitable.
Hi everyone, I’m from Matera. Where are you from? From Matera. After I chased them in all the cities, finally they are here in my Matera.
Matera, 17 June 2019 – These are feelings carved in stone in a city of sorrowful beauty, to be observed “through a veil of poetry and melancholy” as Pascoli said, those left in Matera by Il Volo to kick off the celebrations of their tenth anniversary.
A celebration in which Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble paid homage with two concerts in extraordinary spaces of the European Capital of Culture such as San Pietro Caveoso and, just yesterday, the Cava del Sole, ranging from the hits of its repertoire such as “Grande amore”, “Musica che resta” or “A chi mi dice”, Italian version by Tiziano Ferro of “Breathe Easy” by Blue, and classics poised between lyric and pop like “Nessun dorma”, “Arrivederci Roma” and “Caruso”.
“It was two quite different performances,” explains Piero Barone. “The first, in fact, was filmed by the cameras of Duccio Forzano for a television special that PBS will air in America in November, which will also feature a CD / DVD celebrating this anniversary of ours, while the second is the concert that we are going to bring on tour more oriented on the last album Musica.
The live record repertoire will also take them on tour, debuting on February 5th at Radio City Music Hall in New York and then returning to Europe and Italy between spring and summer.
With PBS you have often worked. Barone: “This is our sixth special with them. The first one was realized in Detroit, the second and third in Miami, the fourth in Pompeii, the fifth in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence and the sixth in Matera because we try to bring Americans not only singing and Italian tradition , but also the beauties of our country.”
The celebrations for the tenth anniversary began, therefore, in Matera. Barone: “Yes, even the mayor told us in front of the play of light for the special TV that Matera has never been made so beautiful.”
Boschetto: “The Americans said we were amazed and convinced in Piazza Santa Croce that we could not have done better, this time we were able to surprise them even more”.
You arrived among the “Sassi” before Daniel Craig with the filming of Bond 25. Barone: “But we already have our James Bond. And it is Ignazio.”On September 24th, return to the Verona Arena.
Ginoble: “News from yesterday, the date is sold-out. Last time we entered the Arena for a special TV, this time for the end of the tour party.”
What are the surprises of these 2019 concerts? Barone: “The largest is probably the violin presence of Alessandro Quarta. Because the public deserves to listen to music that remains performed on the tour as we did in Sanremo in the evening reserved for collaborations.”
Last month you were in Japan. A concert was shown in cinemas. What welcome did you find? Boschetto: “We brought the show of Magic Night because it rests on our most classic repertoire. And the record came in second place in the standings behind Bohemian Rhapsody of the great Queen.”
Ginoble: “It all started in the nineties, when lyric pop was exported all over the world by Pavarotti and Bocelli. Singing this music in Japan in 2019, doing it in a cradle of beauty like Matera or like the Arena makes us proud to export it all over the world.”
If a “tenor” voice like that of Alberto Urso triumphs today at “Amici”, is it not a little your merit too? Barone: “We may have cleared this genre of music, helping to free it from the prejudices it brought with it. Perhaps there are people attracted to this genre, but fearful of having to overcome the reserves that are there especially in Italy, because if it is very popular abroad, there must be a reason.”
Well, we are very happy with these nice articles.
I think that in front of the obviousness of such a beautiful concert, it was the least they could write.
We hope that things continue like this.
They deserve the best.
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