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IN THE SHADOW OF ST. PETER’S BASILICA by Susan

Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone in the Shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica

When Ennio Morricone died I knew there would be a tribute to him and I was certain Il Volo would be the one to pay tribute to him but, I never imagined that it would be on such a grand scale.
Morricone had already made his mark in the music industry long before our guys were born but, to be honest, they have a lot in common. They both did the impossible and they did it by taking their music around the world!
Morricone brought his music around the world through his films. He won acclaim in America by revolutionizing the music and motion picture industry with his musical scores. People may not know his name but if you ask them if they know the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” they’ll say, “of course.” Morricone has certainly left his mark all over the world!

Likewise, our guys brought their music around the world. Through their bel canto, they left their mark all over the world. They are superstars in North and South America, throughout Europe and Asia.  And now Italy! They revolutionized the music industry with their Operatic pop or Popera and Classical music.
In America, Morricone won an Oscar and an Oscar Life Achievement Award. In Italy he won among other awards a Donatello, which is the equivalent of the Oscar in America.
And what did our guys do, in America they won the Latin American Billboard Award and in Italy, among other awards, they won Sanremo, the greatest achievement in the Italian music industry! And let’s not forget the millions of albums they sold worldwide!
These great Italian men have made their country proud by their achievements around the world. They have brought Italy to every corner of the world through their music.
It’s so interesting to think that just five years ago the guys were concerned because they weren’t recognized in their own country and, now they are representing their country around the world in this wonderful project. The event is part of United For The World, a format that combines music and visual arts, born from an idea by Thomas Errera. Who could imagine that this project would take off on such a grand scale? In the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica? In your wildest imagination would you ever think that such an event would take place in such a prestigious place?
This event could draw over a million people. Think of the canonization of another great Italian man, Padre Pio, which took place at St. Peter’s Square just behind Piazza Pio XII. There was a sea of people that extended from the doors of St. Peter’s back to the Tiber River. I know! I was there! An amazing event and now our guys get to be the presenters of this phenomenal event in this amazing place.

Getting back to the guys at the press conference!
We’re talking about four remarkable men, Il Volo and Ennio Morricone, who have done extraordinary things in the music industry.
So, what did the guys have to say about this event?
Gianluca said: “The great Maestro Morricone was a source of inspiration for us, we also got to know him and work with him, especially in the studio, when we were children of 14 and 15 years old and were recording our first album. It is a source of pride and, perhaps, I allow myself to say that he is the greatest composer of the twentieth century, so we know that this project, this tribute, requires a great responsibility.
We will work hard because this is also the way to bring our musical heritage around the world, but above all, our culture, because he has made millions of people dream all over the world with his soundtracks and of course our goal has always been to bring and be ambassadors of bel canto all over the world, but not with presumption.

Piero said: “When we presented this project to other countries, North America, South America, Japan and many European countries, there was great enthusiasm on their part, because, as you well know, a couple of years ago we did a concert-event and the film was shown on American TV, and our goal is to convey Italian beauty with the music that surrounds us. In this event we are above all enthusiastic about the positive feedback from those who have collaborated, with Maestro Morricone, in recent years, such as the Sinfonietta Orchestra, which has always played with the Maestro, so we are talking to them. We are really excited and delighted that there is this interest on their part.

Ignazio was asked “as your colleagues have already mentioned, in the past you have also had close relationships with the teacher.”
Ignazio said: “Yes, they have already said everything but, I’ll put the icing on the cake…  It was in 2011, when we had the luck, the pleasure and the honor of singing E PIÙ TI PENSO, which is a song that was part of our first album. We sang in Piazza del Popolo, in Rome, and we have this beautiful memory…  We were young and at our age we had the experience of sharing the stage with one of the greatest composers in history, with greater tranquility.”

The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, welcomed the guys with these words:
“It is a special moment. Let me greet three guys who are internationally renowned, with extraordinary voices and who bring bel canto all over the world and allow traditions to be kept alive.
We need to think about the future, carrying a message of hope. Our goal is to focus on major events, on culture, on the possibility that this city joins artists of national and international caliber. The idea is to attract investment. Work must restart.
Today we present a great event that will take place on June 5th, 2021, a tribute to Ennio Morricone. It will be a free concert of the highest level, the beginning of a series of concerts, because we need fixed appointments that remind us what we are able to do. This event is meant to be the beginning. It is a strong signal.
This is meant to be a tribute at a time when we need unity. Thanks to the guys and all those who are working on this great event.”
The creator of the event is Thomas Errera and the project is followed by their manager Michele Torpedine and produced by Friends & Partners and MT Opera & Blues.
Ferdinando Salzano (Friends & Partnersin reply to Mayor Raggi, said: “June 5th will be a historic date, because it will be a great street event in an extraordinary location of international value. It could be the revival date for live music. There will be a great live broadcast…. There will be many guests.”
But it doesn’t stop there! The guys let us know there is a great recording project in the works in conjunction with this event.

“Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone” is the title of the next album by our three artists with worldwide publication for Sony Music. This is also part of United For The World,” a project that combines music and visual arts. It is a project that, through entertainment, aims to raise awareness on important global issues such as the care and protection of the planet.
And the guys have let us know that as part of the event and the new album ”Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone,” there will be a dedicated tour as soon as conditions allow it! I will assume this will be similar to the Magica Notte Tour! Exciting news!
Ignazio says: Beyond this project, we are working with Shade, Fedez, Ermal Meta and others on a project to support workers in difficulty. It is too early to say but we are working together to do something that is useful. It is important that we young people try to give an example in our own way, such as wearing a mask and respecting the distance even if we are very young.
The guys have been working to bring back the music industry. They started at the Seat Music Awards. It was the first time they were on stage since the beginning of the pandemic when they had to cancel their last three concerts and go home.
Let’s remember their message of hope that evening.
Piero said: ”Now, the world is getting ready to start again! Now the moment has arrived to raise the curtain! Now, we will turn on the music!” This is the theme that reoccurs and, it will continue until music comes back to the arena’s and stages around the world. The stages that are missing our guys and their wonderful concerts.
It says we may have to perform under these new world conditions, but we don’t have to change who we are or why we’re here. In the ancient Arena of Verona, they looked to the past while following the path to the future. From their first note the whole arena lit up. They were back! Music had returned to the Arena!
Let’s stop a moment to think of the great event that will take place at Piazza Pio XII. This is the first time that the Municipality of Rome has granted a concert to take place in this square. Just picture St. Peter’s Basilica as the backdrop for this event. The complete scenography will be created with this perfect background. The event will be extraordinary.
The guys will present the Maestro’s melodies and imprint them in everyone’s mind! The lasting memory of Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone and in the background, St. Peter’s Basilica. Who knows, maybe the Holy Father will drop by?
They will be accompanied by a large orchestra that will be conducted by a prestigious baton. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will pay homage to the great conductor, musician, composer and author of the most beautiful soundtracks in Italian and world cinema.
Since they left their homes after the quarantine the guys have worked tirelessly to bring back the music industry. This is an enormous project which they have undertaken. The genius of these three young men has brought us to this place in history, the beginning of an event which will be repeated year after year! And, who better to start such a project then our guys! It tells us that while they were locked way, they didn’t stop working for us.
The guys left us with the thought that there are other projects and surprises coming!  Do they ever sleep?

Credit to owners of all photos.

IL VOLO, TRIBUTE TO ENNIO MORRICONE by Daniela

And here it is, finally the big announcement.

Il Volo, in a press conference, gave the great news: on June 5 in a square in Rome there will be a great tribute concert, to the maestro Ennio Morricone and his splendid music.
The news had already been announced yesterday evening on the Instagram profile of Il Volo, with this press release.

“Tomorrow morning we will make a very important announcement, of something we care about …….”

The press conference was held in Campidoglio, seat of the Municipality of Rome , at the presence of Il Volo, the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, and the journalists.
Here is what was said:

The mayor Virginia Raggi enters, followed by IL VOLO: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio. The conference will take place with the rules of distancing and with the mask always worn. The journalists take the group photo and Gianluca says, “We are smiling!”
GA = Well, good morning everyone, my name is Gian Arnaldi and I have the task of conducting this press conference today. I have the task of presenting the project “IL VOLO, A TRIBUTE TO ENNIO MORRICONE”.
Before introducing the people in the room, I would ask the director to broadcast a very short video on the presentation of Il Volo.
(The video starts, but after a while, it stops due to technical problems…..the  Ignazio voice is heard and he saying: “It went well, didn’t it?”)
MAYOR = Okay, but I would applaud!
GA = We have a technical problem, but the meaning of the video, I think we have already expressed it.
First of all, I would like to thank all those present at this press conference, both in presence and via streaming, a requirement dictated by the current health containment legislation.
I thank the people present on the stage who, despite the mask, you already know, the mayor of Roma Capitale, Virginia Raggi, whom I thank for being present today and for the time he dedicates to us and obviously the guys from Il Volo: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
Before starting with the actual press conference, I would like to make, if you allow me, a very brief introduction on the reasons that led to this project.
Years ago, a well-known event creator, named Thomas Errera, who can’t be here today, started proposing what seemed to be an impossible dream, that is, to organize a big event, a big free concert in Rome, something truly unique, original, exceptional, never realized before.
The idea was precisely to turn the spotlight on the artistic, cultural, organizational, and productive capacity of the city of Rome. Turn on the spotlight, not only for Italy, but for the whole world. And then, it began to take shape, what seemed an impossible undertaking, to carry out a great concert, in front of the basilica of St. Peter (Vatican). This impossible dream, thanks to the people who are on stage today, June 5th next year, will finally have the bet open.
I would like, also in the name of Thomas Errera, to thank the Common of Roma Capitale and the mayor Virginia Raggi, for the support they have given us, for the support and availability shown in all these months, for the realization of this great project, and in this regard, I would really like to give the floor to the mayor Virginia Raggi.
Thank you. (appaluse) 

MAYOR = Thank you and welcome. Really welcome. It is a special moment.
First of all, allow me to thank and greet Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, three guys, we saw a video “on the fly”, as they said, which remembers, with very quick brushstrokes, what their climb to success was, and now they are have become internationally renowned artists, so we are really happy and honored to host you here. They are guys with an amazing, extraordinary voice, who bring the beautiful song all over the world and keep our traditions high.
I also greet and thank Ferdinando Salzano, founder of Friend and Partners and co-producer of the event, the special project manager of Il Volo, Danilo Ciotti and all those who are clearly following the conference, also in streaming, including a special thanks to the manager of Il Volo and co-producer Michele Torpedine. To Thomas Errera, he is not here with us, we ideally send a hug
Clearly a greeting to all those who are in the room and thanks to Gian Arnaldi, who accompanies us today this morning.
So, before starting with the conference, allow me to open a little parenthesis on the events that are happening in Italy in these days and in particular in Rome. (riots and protests due to the new stringent rules for Covid).
Again last night we had, in fact, some vandals, who put a part of our city to “sword and fire”. I feel I can firmly condemn this violence, in this moment of crisis and great difficulty that is bringing families, people, traders to their knees. Certainly we do not need someone who “blows” on the fire and tries, in some way, to destabilize further a situation that is already very critical, to which we are trying to give concrete answers.
Therefore, it is condemned, absolutely firm, these acts, and instead concretely support all those traders, who at this moment, together with us, together with the government, are looking for the best and possible solutions to face this crisis.
This must be said and remembered, because then, the reality is also this.
Returning to the merits of the conference, here too we need to make a premise: why today? Because we absolutely have to think about the future. We must think about what will come next, we must give a message of hope, especially in a moment like this, we must focus again, on great events, which Rome is able to host, we must focus on culture, on possibility and capacity of this city, combined with artists of national and international caliber, has to attract investments, to attract work, to attract further artists.
Tourism, culture, creativity, work and investments must restart and we are already starting to think about the future, as has been said, we have been doing it for some months, actually.
What we are presenting today is therefore a great event that will take place on June 5th next year. It will be a first edition, and it will be a tribute to Ennio Morricone, which these guys will do in the form of a great concert open to all, free, of the highest level, I dare to say, and that however, we would like to be the beginning, of a series of concerts that Thomas Errera created and called “UNITED FOR THE WORLD”. We need to have points of reference, we need fixed appointments, which remind us of what we are able to do, which make us find ourselves around an event, around great talents, great artists, and this ideally wants to be there. start, and doing it today, in such a difficult moment, is also a strong sign of the will to move forward and overcome this moment.
Where will this concert take place? I allow myself to give little information and then I pass the word to the guys, to the artists who will tell us better.
The concert will take place in Piazza Pio XII, with a formidable scenic backdrop that is that of San Pietro. We ideally want to gather in the embrace of Bernini’s Colonnade, such an important event, which, moreover, gives a tribute, which we all feel, to Maestro Morricone, to whom we also named the auditorium.
It is a part of Italian history, it is a part of us that now goes to the world, travels the world, and is recognized by everyone and therefore this wants to be, beyond a tribute, a moment of great unity, we need it.
So I thank the guys from Il Volo, who participated and will give life to this project, this great event. I thank all those who have and are working on the conception and implementation, and I can only invite you, next June 5th to join us, and join us in this large square, where we will start dreaming again on the fantastic notes of Ennio Morricone, sung by these guys.
Really thank you! (applause)
GA = Thanks to the mayor for her speech.
At this point I would give the voice to the guys from Il Volo. I would start with Piero Barone, who maybe tells us, a little more in detail, some characteristics, some peculiarities of this event.

PIERO = First of all, good morning everyone, it’s a press conference, let’s greet all the journalists who are following us.
It is an unprecedented conference for us.
First of all we thank the mayor Raggi, for this very welcome invitation, the Municipality of Rome for the patronage of this event.
In recent months, there have been various initiatives to draw attention to all the problems that concern operators, all professionals, in the world of music, entertainment workers, and this event is one of the reasons for we are presenting this project eight months in advance.
It is a message to all workers, many people do not know who they are, but we who work with them every day, we know them, and we hope that, with these facts, and not just with words, we can help them not to be disheartened, try to to give this message of optimism, of hope, and to think that finally EVERYTHING WILL BE OK, because we hear these words every day and we hope that with the facts, we can make them come true.
Thank you. (Applause)
GA = To Gianluca instead, I would like to ask why the homage to Ennio Morricone.
GIANLUCA = The great maestro Morricone was a source of inspiration for us, we also got to know him and work with him, especially in the studio, as we were children, 14/15 years old, we were recording our first album. It is a source of pride, perhaps I allow myself to say that he is the greatest composer of the twentieth century, so we know that this project, this tribute, requires a great responsibility.
We will work hard because this is also the way to bring our musical heritage around the world, but above all cultural, because he has made millions of people dream all over the world with his soundtracks and of course our goal has always been to bring and be ambassadors of bel canto all over the world, but not with presumption, but with great pride and with the desire to be able to make this music known even to the youngest. We started when we were 14/15 years old, we have always been a bit of different children, perhaps anomalous, for the times that run, but it is also a reason to bring this eternal music, like this city (Rome is called the eternal city) , associating this great music with this great city, is a way to bring, not only this great music around the world, but also the beauty of our places, the beauty of the most beautiful city in the world. So we can’t wait that, as Piero said, give a message of hope, to go back to living life, normalcy. So we are working hard to create a great concert, a great event, with orchestra, choir, and of course there will also be a recording project where we will collect, in a meticulous way, all the greatest soundtracks of the great maestro Ennio Morricone, sung. So, we can’t wait to go back to the studio and start working and giving hope to everyone.
PIERO = When we presented this project to other countries, America, South America, Japan and many European countries, there was great enthusiasm on their part, because, as you well know, a couple of years ago we did a concert-event and the film was shown in all American TV cinemas, and our goal is to convey Italian beauties with the music that surrounds us. In this event we are above all enthusiastic about the positive feedback from those who have collaborated, in recent years, with Maestro Morricone, such as the Sinfonietta Orchestra, which has always played with Maestro Morricone, so we are talking to them. We are really excited and delighted that there is this interest on their part.
GIANLUCA = I like to tell a little anecdote that made everyone smile a little, because the first time we sang with Maestro Morricone was in 2011. We were rehearsing with the maestro and with the Sinfonietta, we were 15 years old, I remember that I naively begin the piece, the teacher gives the cue and I don’t start. The three of us look at each other, total panic, the maestro turns towards us, I look at him and say “So you give it to me, the cue?”, that is, I called you to the maestro and he told me, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it.”: This anecdote makes everyone smile, and every time we remember it with great affection, because he was truly a source of inspiration for us a great example and we really miss him.
Thank you! (applause)
GA = Ignazio, as your colleagues have already mentioned, in the past you have also had close relationships with the teacher.
IGNAZIO = Yes, they have already said everything, I’ll put the icing on the cake. Following that anecdote, it was in 2011, where we had the luck, the pleasure and the honor of singing E PIÙ TI PENSO, which is a song that was part of our first album, we sang in Piazza del Popolo (in Rome) and we have this beautiful memory.
The boys have already told everything before, but to finish it is nice to remember that it is nice that 25-year-olds, not just us, can give positive messages, that is, even at a distance of one meter, with the microphone covered and we wear the mask, it’s not because we are stupid, but because we think that those who are watching us right now may think “Damn, these guys are 25 years old, why don’t we do it too?”
We live in a very complicated moment, not because we are forced to stay at home, but because everything begins to be more difficult, from staying at home, to not being able to work, to the difficulties that every category, every social class, has in this moment and we hope to get out of it soon. We as artists, we are helping our category, with other artists, we are preparing a project, to raise funds and help those in our category, who have been hit hard, speeches of shows that we do not know if they will be able to be made, will be the time that will tell us.
I want to reiterate thanks to the Municipality of Rome, to the mayor, to Friends & Partners who will produce this show with us, to Thomas, and we say “See you on June 5th.” and thank you very much to everyone for being connected in the internet and for being here . (applause)
GA = Well, we will start a short question and answer session shortly, from the many questions that are coming up from reporters. Many are of a slightly technical nature, you wonder what the stage will be like, if there will be sessions or not, in this regard I would like to call Ferdinando Salzano, founder of Friends & Partners and co-producer of the event. We know it’s a work in progress now, but we think you can anticipate something.
Time to sanitize the microphone. (they are very loyal to the rules)
MAYOR = Guys, if you want to improvise !!
GIANLUCA = The final piece of E PIÙ TI PENSO, we can do it a cappella (he asks the other two).
SALZANO = Hello everyone, quickly, because I think it is better to leave room for questions.
First of all, a big compliment to the mayor, because it takes great audacity today to announce a live event.
I work as a producer, and the journalists, both those present and those who are online, know perfectly well what is happening, in a specific matter in the world of music.
This is really a great gesture of trust, in the sense that I am living it like this. The latest decree law that obviously affected many sectors, but in the case of ours, it also affected the impossibility of being able to work in the coming months, so December and January, even with COVID capacity, so it is an important law decree, probably, indeed certainly necessary, but very painful for the entertainment world.
Today’s announcement, aside from the thanks, I felt I was paying a compliment for the audacity, and also for the audacity of Il Volo.
Very quickly, this will be a great event. Il Volo is used to great events, and in these years that we have worked together, there have been wonderful occasions. However, I think this event has connotations and colors of great event for many reasons, those you have already told but I add another one, the date of June 5th, I like to think that it becomes a symbolic date, compared to the great live events that Rome will have, to think that this great street event, in an extraordinary location of enormous international value, could almost become the opening for our rebirth. We hope it is.
It will be a great local event, but not only, surely, mayor, we will have television, there will be a great live TV, after many months, we are not able to say which TV but we believe it will be the most important network and therefore easily guessed (Rai1).
It will therefore be a great television event that will also see the participation of many guest friends, who certainly Il Volo, as they always have done, manage to attract, also given their capacity for empathy, with everything that is the musical world.
Obviously I close, thanking Il Volo and Michele Torpedine, who I hope is following us, for the trust and for the possibility of being able to accompany them again on this beautiful and extraordinary journey. Thank you. (applause)
GA = Thank you, we still have some questions coming from the journalists connected in streaming. The first question is for Il Volo, but if the mayor allows me I would ask her too.
Simone from ALL MUSIC ITALIA, asks which is the Ennio Morricone soundtrack you are most attached to. I don’t know if you have a different answer or if you have a common answer.
PIERO = Since the idea of the project was born, we have had a marathon of films in which there has been the soundtrack of Maestro Morricone. Personally, the one I prefer, but it is difficult to find one, I would say MALENA, apart, a few months ago, we had the opportunity to meet the extraordinary Monica Bellucci (actress who played Malena).
GIANLUCA = Probably my favorite is GABRIEL’S OBOE from the movie Mission, surely it will be on the album, sung.
Yes, that’s my favorite and CINEMA PARADISO too.
IGNAZIO= I never remember the names, but it’s L’ESTASI DELL’ORO (The Ecstasy of Gold from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), and I heard it as an introduction, even from Metallica (band)
GIANLUCA = It is not said that we could do such a thing too.
MAYOR = So we start to have some small previews too, I would say.
For me, I must say that it is the pillar of THE MISSION so far. The truth is that all these music have the ability to move something inside, they speak directly to the belly, to the head, to the emotion, I believe it also depends on the mood of each of us. It happens to get excited with different music, depending on the moment and for THE MISSION, I’d say it’s her, but I don’t exclude the others.

PIERO = Seeing the films, commented with the music of Maestro Morricone, pushed us a little to express those emotions we felt with singing.
A few days ago, there was a man on TV, who said a very interesting thing, that music is perceived on the right side of our brain, the lyrics, on the left side, so a song, a melody sung, takes it all the brain, therefore for this reason it expresses emotions, It is a very interesting thing for a musician, for those who live with music, and it struck me a lot.
GIANLUCA = Yes, and then we want to remember that in 2011 we sang a song by Ennio Morricone, it was a medley of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA and MALENA, the song entitled E PIÙ TI PENSO and maybe we sing a piece, what do you say? (to Piero and Ignazio)
(Piero Ignazio and Gianluca sing a cappella a piece by E PIÙ TI PENSO. Applause !!)
GA = Thank you very much for this surprise, this thing was not prepared.
GIANLUCA = It is the first time that we sing with masks.
MAYOR = But the test is more than successful, apart from the mask, it was crazy.
GA = Absolutely, it gave us goosebumps, thanks guys, thanks for the surprise.
I’m looking at the phone not out of rudeness, but because I’m reading the journalists’ questions online, Andrea Spinelli of QN, has a question for Ignazio, he asks if you can already tell us something about the project in support of the entertainment world you mentioned before?
IGNAZIO = Spinelli is always curious, he always wants to know everything. It is a project we are still working on, I don’t feel like saying much, because it is being born these days: We have received messages from artists such as Shade, Fedez, Ermal Meta (Italian singers) and we are preparing a great project, everything is still boiling. in the pot”, so I don’t feel like saying more.
GA = A message from Angela Calvini dell’Avvenire arrives live, asking if you already have a rough schedule, or if it is still a work in progress.
IGNAZIO = It is a work in progress, we are working both on the live and on the record.
PIERO = It will be difficult to find a compromise on what to sing, because they are all extremely beautiful melodies.
Now we are working with the producers of this recording project, because at the same time or a few days before the event, a record will be released, then a tour will follow, we hope to be able to do it, we hope that things go well. But now it’s all a work in progress, even for those who will be on stage: We have always tried to work big, many of our wishes have been spent thanks to our desire to do, our desire to never stop, but above all thanks to the help of the people who support us every day, the various people such as Ferdinando Salzano, Danilo Ciotti, our manager Michele Torpedine.
We are grateful to them because they have always given the possibility to these three boys, to realize almost impossible wishes, but thanks to them, thanks to their love and support, because apart from work, there is also the human relationship, and this makes us feel good.

GA = Thanks.
Carlotta D’agostino, of Spettacolo News, leaves the scope of this event for a moment for an interesting question.
In 2015, you opened the Monza Grand Prix (F1 car race) in front of a huge audience. Sunday will open the Imola Grand Prix, (Sunday 1 November Il Volo will sing the Italian Anthem as the opening of the Imola F1 GP), but the public will be reduced, because we are in a very different historical period. What will it be for you to sing the Inno di Mameli (Italian anthem) for this occasion?
GIANLUCA = If I’m not mistaken, the last time the Grand Prix was done was after the death of Senna (F1 driver).
IGNAZIO = In Imola.
GIANLUCA = Yes, in Imola it was the last time, after Senna’s death, if I’m not mistaken.
IGNAZIO = Yes, it has been years since there has been a GP in Imola.
But I think ….. we had the honor of singing for the Pope in Panama, and there were a million boys. During the mass, there were a million boys, but it is as if there were none.
GIANLUCA = It was World Youth Day.
IGNAZIO = Yes, it was WYD. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many people or how full a place is, but what you feel at that moment does matter, surely there won’t be the same adrenaline, but we know that all sports fans will be there, in front of the screen watching a “ historic moment”, but not because we sing the anthem, but because Imola is a special circuit, in the memories of many fans of this sport of Formula 1, but above all many fans of Ayrton Senna, and therefore for us it will be very, very exciting , sing the hymn in that event.
PIERO = I wanted to add something about the Italian anthem, because in recent months we have often heard it sung from the windows.
The hymn is a signal of union, when we sing it, it is a signal of extreme sensation, clearly singing it together with the chorus of the audience, large or not, will be particular, because clearly, the text was drawn up in a past that we have not lived, but it teaches us that in moments of pride, difficult, particular, we are all united and we, and it shows in this moment that we are living. (applause)

GA = Thanks. Natalia di Stefano from Corriere della Sera asks, in the concert on June 5th, will music and image be in dialogue? Do you foresee videos with films set to music by Morricone?
IGNAZIO = We are working on it.
GIANLUCA = Yes, it’s all in the embryonic stage. We are working, but we absolutely wanted to announce this great project, but we will return to the studio, we are working on the scenography, on what will then be on stage.
We will aim for something big, even on the choice of songs. It will be easy to choose the songs already sung, like that of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, so on some songs there are already lyrics, on some not, but we are also working on this. We will certainly be giving details on this project very soon.
GA = Laura Frigerio of Back Home Music, asks if, since Morricone was an author of important pop pieces, do you foresee a lineup with soundtracks only or even a tribute to his pop songs?
GIANLUCA = Like SE TELEFONANDO.
IGNAZIO = Looking at all the songs that the maestro has arranged, we were surprised, because one of our songs, which we sang from the beginning is IL MONDO, and the first version, written by Jimmy Fontana and interpreted by him, the arrangement musical was by Morricone. So there will also be songs that have been part of the master’s life. There will not be only soundtracks.
GA = Well, last question.
Claudia Fascia from Ansa asks which authors you worked with on the lyrics on Morricone’s music and also, if you already have time, on the recording project.
IGNAZIO = Now, we’re always saying we’re working on it, because it’s the truth. As we have already said, we wanted to do this conference because the message is today THE MUSIC MUST NOT STOP, we already said it in a television program made with Salzano a few months ago. We are trying to keep the compositions of Maestro Morricone unique, so do not add lyrics to the soundtracks, but use the existing ones and collaborate with the family, to ensure that some soundtracks without lyrics, can then be with a melody sung with the text.
PIERO = It is clear that for this tribute, the location is there, we couldn’t wish for anything better. Today, eight months in advance, we can say it publicly, we extend the invitation to attend the event, in the audience and on stage, to all the characters, actors and musicians, who have had to deal with the Oscar-winning Maestro Morricone, composers, directors.
Therefore, it will be a tribute that the master deserves, a great night, a great evening, a great event dedicated entirely to him.
GA= Well, thanks everyone. I just have to thank all the journalists present, the journalists in streaming connection, the mayor Virginia Raggi, thank you very much for the time and availability you have shown us, the guys from Il Volo and allow me to send a big hug to Thomas. Thank you all.
Great news, and a great lecture.
I really liked the always right words, said by the boys.
It will be an amazing event in which we all hope to be able to participate.
We will follow all the great preparation step by step and will keep you informed.
Thanks to Il Volo, for this wonderful surprise !!
Daniela
Piazza Pio XII. The square is at the edge of the border with the Vatican, with the vision of Bernini’s beautiful colonnade and the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

 

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TUTTI A SCUOLA by Daniela

Ok, I just attended the performance of Il Volo in the program broadcast by RAI 1 of TUTTI A SCUOLA and I’m still on a cloud.

Thanks guys, it’s been so long that I haven’t heard that beautiful song from your voices anymore and I’m still excited ………. but let’s go in order.

This program is broadcast every year on the day of the opening of the schools, and is broadcast by RAI1.

Today, 14 September 2020, in Italy is the first day of school and this year is a very special opening, because the schools have been closed since early March.

So the message is really strong, it reopens, a thought to the future, with many problems in the present, still not fully overcome, but with a lot of confidence and emotion.

Furthermore, instead of making this connection from Rome, as every year, this year in compliance with the anti-Covid rules, the program is broadcast in Vo’ Euganeo, one of the countries most affected by the virus, a country that has a sad record in the number of deaths.

Many guests will participate in the event, in the presence of our President of the Republic: Sergio Mattarella and other constitutional offices.

Il Volo is the most awaited guest, who will conclude the event, before the speech of our President.

But here they are, always beautiful, elegant but with sneakers, IL VOLO.

Tutti a Scuola Performance – Click Here

Beautiful opening of their performance with the beautiful GRANDE AMORE, which we always listen with pleasure.

I translate for you the speech after Grande Amore.

Man = Good, good, good, very good!

Women = Mamma mia, what a thrill.

G + I + P = Thank you, thank you all.

Man = And then, finally seeing you again on stage, being able to listen to you and admire and enjoy your talent, after very complicated months.

We talked to each other on the computer, via Skype during Eurovision (this year he presented Eurovision Italia) and we had said to ourselves: sooner or later it will start again…..

Piero = Today is a special day, a day of hope. We are delighted to be present at this fantastic event and we send a big hug to all the kids who are back at school today. Study is the most important thing.

Man = Perfect! Guys, by the way, what kind of relationship did you have with school?

Ignazio = It’s really exciting to be here after the lockdown …..

Man = Ah, you avoid the question??

Ignazio = No, why did you understand?? (laughter)

Seriously, we are happy to be here.

Before, a very painful point was touched (bullying) that I experienced too, so I understand and I am very close…….

Man = Are you talking about difficulties at school?

Ignazio = No, I’m talking about cyberbullying in general.

Social media is a serious thing, we often use them, just to play, to have fun, but they are a very serious thing. Social networks give everyone a voice, but not everyone has the intelligence to know how to use them in the right way.

So we are very close to all the guys who need support, we are helping a lot of people, and we are also creating a Foundation for that.

Woman = Beautiful.

Ignazio = Yes, because in 2020 we are far ahead, but also far behind in the way we behave.

Woman = We hope that the school also does a good job, teaching these kids to use social media well.

Man = The real revolution starts from school, education. A teacher, a pupil, a notebook, a pen, and you can begin, not only to dream, but to change the world.

Thanks guys for the introduction to this beautiful speech, which has not been prepared, I am truly amazed.

Ignazio = You were talking about this speech before and it is something that touches us a lot.

Gianluca = Also because, dedicating ourselves to culture, to study, not only makes us educated people, it also helps us to look at the world with other eyes, to the point of making us better people, with a pinch of empathy, of sensitivity, this can happen. So we renew our “good luck” to all students and also to children.

Man = “Better and free people,” said Gianni Rodari (Italian writer). “Study if you want to be free.”

But you have a gift, a little for us, but above all for our extraordinary President.

You explain it yourself.

Piero = Today we have decided to pay homage to the Italian column of music in the world, the maestro Ennio Morricone. (applause)

Man = About the music of “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Malena”, right?

Piero = Exactly, a piece entitled E PIÙ TI PENSO.

Man = Great names like Renis, Mogol participated in this song. And you sing.

Gianluca = We always remember this song with great affection, because we were just over 15 years old, when we had the honor of singing and performing with the great maestro Ennio Morricone.

Man = You speak like a 90-year-old….. and you already have a 10-year career ….. you started at 8 …. (laughter), you are still very young: Il Volo !!

Il Volo sings E PIÙ TI PENSO.

Man = I’m speechless, really, and then live, from a few meters …

Gianluca =  Really Thanks, we also want to thank the maestro Leonardo De Amicis (he directed the guys at Ti Lascio Una Canzone) and all the musicians of the orchestra, who are all boys, just like us. Thank you.

Man = Anyway you joke, but talent, only by studying, studying, can reach certain levels. Thanks, good job and good flight, infinite flight.

I + P + G = Thank you

Man = Hurray for Il Volo, who greets our President, I recommend you distance and mask.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca go down to greet the President, wearing the mask first.

The guys get a personal applause from our President, standing in front of them.

Great guys!!

But let me spend a few words on the superb interpretation they gave of E PIÙ TI PENSO!

How long have we not heard this song sung by Il Volo.

I would like to clarify that Tony Renis wrote the words on this beautiful music by Maestro Morricone, with the aim that it would be sung by Il Volo, then almost unknown kids in Italy.

Since then it has only been sung a few times by them.

On this occasion, they surpassed themselves, with an interpretation full of emotion, a unique sweetness and harmony, which only Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero can produce.

As the presenter said, talent yes, but also a lot of study to achieve this.

Again, I am very proud of them.

After the performance of Il Volo, there was the speech of our President of the Republic. A very long speech but with very beautiful pieces that I translate for you.

“Today is an important day. The inauguration of the school year, never, as on this occasion, has the value and significance of a restart, for the whole of society.

The children feel it, the adults understand it, and also the institutions. We are facing a decisive challenge. Starting over from Vo’ Euganeo gives even more the sense of how this challenge affects the whole country. Just as here in Vo’, after the anguish and closures, life has resumed at full speed, so the reopening of the schools expresses the full recovery of the life of Italy.”……

“As we prepare for tomorrow, we feel the need to remember those affected by the disease, the many broken lives, and the pain suffered by many. We will not forget, and we will try to learn from the exceptional and dramatic events that have affected all continents and that still keep us busy, requiring responsibility and prudence.”…….

“The precautionary measures have become a test that the Italian people have been able to face, as in other difficult moments in its history.

The school also serves this purpose, to train aware citizens, to defeat ignorance with knowledge, to curb fears with culture, to share responsibilities.

The school, the culture, the continuous confrontation, are also antidotes to the virus of violence and intolerance, which can also infect the community, if attention is reduced.”…..

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

Beautiful words from our President, but also the words spoken by our boys, unprepared speeches, which make me even more proud of them, are beautiful and appropriate.

Ignazio said they are preparing a Foundation to help the children.

What wonderful people.

I love them.

Daniela

Let’s watch the video of E PIÙ TI PENSO, sung years ago by three little friends, emerging artists: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca: IL VOLO. ❤️❤️❤️

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TOGETHER AGAIN by Daniela

And finally, after four months the moment has arrived. The occasion was the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show in Milan.

IL VOLO, as guests, sang together again. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca sang the beautiful, sweet Italian songs.

D&G 01

In times of pandemic, the parade was held outdoors, on the “university campus” in Milan. Few people admitted, unfortunately.

A men’s fashion show, many models  ……….. but how beautiful our boys were, elegant, in blue suits, but with a touch of sportiness in the white sneakers.

D&G 02

They are in excellent shape, beautiful and with perfect voices and finally together again.

They started by singing “Torna a  Sorrento”.

I want to remind you, that the D&G fashion show is inspired by the colors and geometries of the Amalfi coast, which find their uniqueness also in the architecture of the beautiful Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento.

D&G 03

The parade has started and while the models paraded with the D&G creations, Il Volo accompanied with:

Grande Amore

O Sole Mio

Un Amore così Grande

‘O surdato ‘nnammurato

Nel blu dipinto di blu – Volare

 

Here is the video of the parade. 😁😁😁

Really a mini concert.

As good as ever and perhaps even more, because the voices, rested from the long run, were magnificent and Ignazio performed all the high notes at the end! ️🎶

Congratulations guys, it is a great pleasure to see you again and hear your voices together!

While Il Volo sang Volare, Dolce & Gabbana entered, wearing masks, they went on stage where the boys were singing.

There was a short speech from Alberto Mantovani, head of immunology at Humanitas University.

In the end Dolce and Gabbana thanked Il Volo and everyone present.

The event was also published in newspapers, including the New York Times.

A very nice article of the show was published online by The Impression.

The Impression article – Click Here

The Italian RAI 2 news broadcast a short video of the show parade. and in the comments they said that all the participants, including the guys from Il Volo, gave up their fees by evolving them for research.

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And here are the guys in the backstage of the parade, together with the people who work so that everything goes well !!

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But that’s not all, there is other good news!

Yesterday it was announced that Saturday 18 July, at the Ancient Theater of Taormina, Dolce & Gabbana will present the film by Giuseppe Tornatore: DEVOTION, with Monica Bellucci and with music by Ennio Morricone.

At the end of the film, there will be a Il Volo performance to close the evening.

Of course in pandemic times, very few places are available due to the distance, but all this means that we are starting again, that things are improving.

Here is the announcement of the event.

D&G 06

How much good news, finally a wave of positivity! 

These are small steps towards the recovery of normalcy. Here everything has started and now everything is normalizing, this time will come to you too, you have to wait and not be in a hurry.

But what about our beloved Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero ?? What a thrill to see them again and hear their splendid voices.

Thanks guys, indirectly you have donated a mini-concert to us too. Thanks also to D&G who allowed all this. 

See you on Saturday…….

Taormina, a dream, how many of you would like to be there?? 😊😍

Daniela

Photos before the show.D&G 07

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TIME OF PANDEMIC by Daniela

It is late July.

We assess the situation.

Three months have passed since Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, due to the pandemic, unfortunately had to stop their beautiful concert tour in the US.

Pandemic 01

ACCORDING TO OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE IL VOLO FORCED TO CANCEL FINAL CONCERTS OF 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DUE TO THE COVID-19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC

 

On their return to Italy, they found a great change. Empty airports, empty cities, quarantine imposed on the whole nation, to avoid further spread of virus infection.

The boys themselves were unable to embrace their loved ones, but to stay in quarantine to guarantee their relatives that they had no active contagion.

In this period, where contacts were only online, the boys have been very active, and have accustomed us to a presence in programs, directly from their homes. 

It was pleasant for us to be able to hear and see them in the intimacy of their personal places.

 

 

Il Volo joined fundraisers for many charity works.

Pandemic 02

Many television programs have re-transmitted old concerts, and broadcasts, which we have reviewed with great pleasure.

 

 

Pandemic 03

The concerts scheduled for this summer in Europe and Italy have unfortunately been moved to next year.

It is still too early here for the concerts, even the cinemas have not yet reopened, but we hope that the November concerts in Milan, Rome and Turin will be maintained. 

Pandemic 04

The quarantine period is also over and we were able to see the first outings of Gian, Piero and Ignazio’s house, wearing the obligatory masks.

Pandemic 05

Pandemic 06

Now things have improved here and in some regions, especially in the south, masks are no longer mandatory, but use is required for places such as shops or during outdoor gatherings, where, however, distance is always a must .

It’s summer, it’s very hot, and it’s really difficult to keep your distance and wear masks, but we have to do it, to guarantee ourselves and others.

Ignazio Piero and Gianluca, now, are much more difficult to be found, they are less present on social networks, they have resumed their normal post-quarantine life.

Gianluca met his twin friends. 😁Pandemic 07

Piero has turned 27. AUGURI!! ❤️Pandemic 08

Ignazio dedicates himself to new interests with Floki Production and Nico Arezzo.😉Pandemic 09

In the last few days, a film music great Ennio Morricone has passed away. Il Volo remembered Morricone, who was a great composer of film music, with this video and this beautiful dedication.

Pandemic 10

Music today has suffered a great loss.
Thanks for everything, Master.

In last few days, our boys met after three months, on the occasion of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show.

I would say that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are really in excellent shape.

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Pandemic 12

What about the fantastic presentation video of the Dolce & Gabbana collection?

Beautiful clothes, beautiful environment and fantastic music !!

Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca said during the forced quarantine that they were working on various projects and that they were in constant contact with each other to develop beautiful ideas.

We really hope that all this time and all the concerts postponed, will bring us beautiful and interesting things for the future of Il Volo.

Pandemic 13

So things here in Italy seem to improve, but every day we receive truly alarming news of the contagion in the US.

We understand very well what you are all going through and we are close to you.

In the US the numbers are terrible, how many dead, how many infected, certainly everything is relative as regards the numbers, but they are really thousands of lives and we still don’t know how to stop this devious pandemic.

Time will pass, before we can breathe a sigh of relief, time will pass, before returning to talk only about good concerts.

But that time will come!!!

Tell me how you are going through this period.

Hugs to all: Daniela 🤗

 

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