Immediately after having participated in Florence at the event forIL MONDO CAMERETTE, our boys were invited to dinner at a very refined and particular restaurant.
You will have seen from the interior that it is a deconsecrated church. Really unique.
A nice dinner with friends.
A happy company, which after dinner intones some songs.
The boys sing together with Alberto Di Chiara, an Italian soccer coach, already known football player.
But then Piero amazes everyone by singing this song, the acoustics of the environment were perfect.
It is the beautiful air “IL LAMENTO DI FEDERICO” taken from L’ARLESIANA.
IT IS THE USUAL STORY OF THE SHEPHERD, also known as LAMENTO DI FEDERICO, is an aria from the second act of the opera L’arlesiana (1897) by Francesco Cilea. It is sung by Federico (tenor), who is hopelessly in love with a girl from Arles, called l’Arlesiana, who, on the contrary of appearances, has proved to be an unworthy woman, already engaged with Metifio. Only on the stage, Federico reads the letters that the Arlesiana sent to Metifio, the proof of his betrayal, with a broken heart.
This beautiful air has been interpreted by many famous tenors such as Beniamino Gigli and Pavarotti.
Listen to our good Piero.
Piero, I must say that your studies of classical opera are seen and heard.
Very well, Piero, continues like this, your dream of singing a whole opera, slowly is coming true.
In the upcoming concerts, you will certainly make this air feel complete.
It was announced the boys would be present Sunday, November 18 at an instore in Florence, at Mondo Camerette.
Only 100 people were allowed to take pictures and receive autographs.
Unfortunately I had a lunch with friends that I could not postpone and so I could not book, but there was a direct video very nice that now I translate.
(The presenter waiting for IL VOLO, interviews the president of Mondo Camerette and Giessegi.)
After the pleasantries, asks the audience to call loudly IL VOLO, the boys arrive).
I = Rightly, they put the lower microphones because we remain bent.
Presenter = Why did you take all this time to get here?
I = Because Gianluca was fixing the tuft (his hair).
Presenter = Before, informing me a little about you, I discovered that you have many fans, but also individual ones, there was a woman … (looking for the woman in the audience and asking her) “Madam, who were you waiting for?”
Madam = Piero!
Presenter = OK, but let’s get to know them a little better, of course, who does not know these fantastic guys, but let’s go a little bit in the specific ok?
(The guys are shivering because it’s very cold.)
I followed you a bit before, we met and I know that you are so attached to the family, as it should be, especially because you spend about 11 months a year, away from home.
The question to guys like you, why is distance so difficult to bear?
I = Precisely because it is far away, and therefore it is difficult to manage the distance from anything, especially when you are far from the affections.
We are three guys attached to our families, also because we grew up traveling with them, we were minors, now we can travel alone, you know, but I think the family is a fundamental thing.
P = Above all now, while we went down there were the children’s bedrooms, Ignazio wants to make a baby, so ….
I = yes, yes (laughs)
Presenter = Greetings Ignazio
I = If there is any volunteer …..
Presenter= Yes, there is, do not ask this question ….
P = There was the lady waiting for Ignazio …. love has no age.
Presenter = I asked you this question, because you have a very important experience behind us, remember Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, prestigious stages …
I = Gianluca, 10 years in prison …
Presenter = What do you want to say, in fact, what do we want to say to the younger guys? You have made many sacrifices and even riding a world fame, because they were the first Italian group of worldwide fame to bring Italy into the world with a new style that is lyric pop.
P = Surely nowadays we try to follow fashion, only that, in life, we must have personality, which is what makes you distinguished from everything and everyone.
Today, whatever you like to do, carry on your idea, your thinking.
There will be thousands of prejudices, people who will come against you, but if you are different from others, that is, if you have personality, you will have success and great satisfaction.
Presenter = I say they deserve a nice applause!
Presenter = I value you so much. I value you so much for this concept that you give.
You are guys who have grown so much, fame speaks for you, I wanted to remind all the boys here that the sacrifices ….
I = Fame speaks for them (Piero and Gianluca), hunger speaks for me. (laughs)
P = He was saying a very nice thing …
Presenter = You have destroyed my sentence … there is someone greeting from the back … they send you a kiss
P = The kiss was for me.
I = (to the presenter) I did not want to interrupt your speech, I’m sorry but … professional deformation!
Presenter = All right. That said, I know that soon, you’ll be in concert in northeastern Europe for the first time?
I = Some countries will be the first time, for example, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, virtually all.
P = Poland.
I = I joke, we have been other times but never in concert and it will be nice because it will be the first time with that audience in concert.
Presenter = How you will cope with the cold of Poland, given that today’s already seems a lot.
I = With coat, sweater …
P = We were, this week in Budapest, in Zagreb and I have to tell you that there are some people who have welcomed us well, very well. But will any of you come to Budapest or Zagreb? Then we’ll see you there.
(At this point we see Ignazio gesticulating something, asking that they bring him his sweater.)
P = Are you from Naro? Yes? (turns to Torpedine) Michele, they are from Naro.
I = Boys, I think that Naro is “Caput Mundi” because everyone is from Naro, it’s the people.
(the sweater is brought to Ignazio who wants to wear it immediately, it’s very cold)
Presenter = Attention, he is stripping live, I remind you that you are live.
I= But no, I’m getting dressed, it’s cold.
Presenter = It seems very JUVE that shirt, a clap at the striptease done live.
First you told me about a book.
P = You know that in the bookstore there is the book of our manager Michele Torpedine
Presenter = Yes, it is written by Torpedine, which we remember is the manager of these fantastic guys, and also of other great artists.
I = As we have finished his money, we make him promotion: buy Torpedo’s book.
Presenter = We arrived at the moment of the photos, do you still want to say something?
I = As always it’s nice to see you here, because lately we are very focused on the projects that will see light in 2019, so we are working, and therefore we have not had occasion to see each other and it’s always nice to meet you, thanks for coming and now we do the photos.
Presenter = Perfect, we have arrived at the best point, so be prepared that we start taking pictures and autographs.
(at the edge of the stage, there’s a woman in a wheelchair and try to get her up)
I = Wait, we go down.
P = Does the lady want to say something to the microphone?
Woman = If I can?
Presenter = Of course you can.
I = Lady tell me, the question.
Donna = I saw you in Sanremo with Carlo Conti, I never look at Sanremo, but when I saw you, I fell in love, because you are simple, as well as good as singers.
I = Did you fall in love with Carlo or us?
Donna = No, of you all three, because you are simple, this is seen, as well as professional, but your simplicity gives the skill even before singing, sorry I’m excited. (group photo)
May God bless you, and your families.
Start the photos and autographs.
But before leaving a last autograph, but this time directly on a door of a bedroom.
Ok guys, you were good and funny, but you’ve also been so cold.
In addition, Gianluca has never spoken, because a friend of mine who was present at the event said he had some kind of fever.
Be careful, take care of yourself, the concerts will begin soon.
This is a spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet! Close your eyes and look away…..
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, a group of the Detroit Il Volo gals ventured to Bloomfield Twp. Michigan to the Maple Theatre to see the Notte Magica movie. I had heard a few reviews/comments from Victoria and Jane, so I kind of knew what to expect. They both told me there were a few clips that we hadn’t seen before of them playing around, a short bit from the Home and Family show and a quick excerpt from the LA concert at the Dolby. They also showed a quick pic of them with Priscilla Presley. Yep, that was all true – I think I had seen a few of the clips before, as well on some form of social media.
Then, as they both said, it went into the Florence concert with a few subtitles here and there, but basically it was similar to both DVDs of the Italian and PBS versions and in English.
However, as I recall, there was a constant camera going back and forth in front of us when we were there. I have to tell you, with all the camera work going on, it was clear that this movie was part of their master plan of the future. The footage that was shown in the movie was far superior to either of the DVDs. Many shots and scenes were the same, but there were others that were not shown before here and there.
It was almost like being there, right in the front row. Third row for me again. Unfortunately, Lorna was not able to make it. Every so often Gin would say, “there you are, I see you!” Well, I must have blinked at that moment, because I didn’t see me! lol! However, nearer to the end, after the last orchestra solo, I saw Lorna and I sitting in the audience. They flashed the same shot twice, just for us, to be sure we saw it. 🙂
Of course the guys were amazing. I thought it was going to be too loud, but once it got started, it was just fine. There were about 35 tickets sold, not too bad. Not sure how many persons actually showed up, but I’d say there were at least over 25 in the theatre. We had the 6th row all to ourselves…. no one was in front of us. We clapped during the Libiamo song and clapped and cheered at the end of most of them – just like we were at the real concert. Every once in a while, we heard those behind us clapping. I sang along to Tonight and Maria. It was so loud, I’m sure no one heard me…
I have to say, seeing them on the big screen, so much larger than life, was incredible. The close-up shots were fantastic and so close and clear, that you could count the hairs on their chins! It was almost the entire concert, but no songs other than what was shown on the other DVDs. They did not show Adeste Fidelis, which I can’t figure out why they sang it and then just cut it out of the final cuttings. O Come Let us Adore Him – yes, O Come Let us Adore Them!! Any time, any place, we will be there!
I even brought along a new fan with me that evening. I had converted her over at work. She is a busy person and had not really heard them sing much, although she did say she looked them up on You Tube. She is a “younger” fan and she thoroughly enjoyed herself, the movie and meeting us more “mature” fans. When it was all over, I asked her if she had a favorite and she said it was too soon to tell and that each one is so unique, unto himself, that it was hard to choose. She sent me an email a few days later and said she was still deciding!! 🙂
Before the show, we enjoyed a meal at the little café, right inside the theatre lobby area. A little pricey, but nice and convenient.
We also met another Il Volo fan group from the area – Lynn Delaney and friends. This was her second time of seeing the movie. She said she enjoyed it the 2nd time, just as much!
The only comments I have about this is that I did wish they had included the Adeste Fidelis and I thought a really nice touch would have been to add the Grande Amore from the LA concert, to really tie in the 2 concerts. Not sure why they seemed to emphasize both concerts and only about 5 minutes or less was spent on LA. But, of course, they didn’t consult with me on this – if only they had, it would have been better! 🙂
So, for those of you who have not seen it yet and it comes anywhere near you, I would highly recommend it. It is just about 2 hours long – they tag it as 110 minutes.
If they decide to release it on DVD, it is definitely going to be part of my collection!
This is the write-up from the IL VOLO website…
A concert-event that brings to life magical moments from Il Volo’s World Tour 2017 – from the backstage of their March performance in Los Angeles to the birth of their tour with Plácido Domingo in the magnificent setting of Florence’s Piazza Santa Croce. The event features the concert along with never before seen, cinema-exclusive footage.
This trio of young Italian tenors, today’s operatic pop phenomenon, have delighted audiences in prestigious venues worldwide.
Il Volo started their US tour with a sold-out show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and then performing in 15 concerts. The cinema program highlights a recent concert at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, where Maestro Placido Domingo joined the trio on stage.
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca are now touring Europe and Italy.
This film-concert is distributed worldwide by Rising Alternative beginning from June 2017.
Images including stage and media appearances, rehearsals with Plácido Domingo, backstage moments and audience reactions during the US tour will precede this first concert exhibition, mastered for 2k Digital Cinema presentation in surround sound.
This title has already been booked into cinemas in about 20 countries: in Finland where it opens on June 7, in Spain June 13, in the USA beginning from June 13, in Italy June 15, in Switzerland June 15, in Ecuador June 19, in Slovakia June 20, in Mexico July 9 and 13, in Austria September 14 and in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Ireland on dates to be determined very shortly.
This project is a tribute to the Three Tenors. In 1990, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti performed their legendary concert at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, and now, 27 years later, Il Volo’s Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble honor the legend of The Three Tenors by bringing this iconic classical music to new and familiar audiences. Il Volo grew up listening to them, being fascinated and inspired by their voices and legendary achievements.
NOTTE MAGICA Tour 2017 kicked off with the concert in Florence – Piazza Santa Croce with the great orchestra of the famous Teatro Massimo di Palermo conducted by Maestro Ramón Tebar. As a special guest, Maestro Plácido Domingo also participated in the concert, conducting some of the operatic arias and popular songs.
Il Volo “Notte Magica” in Cinemas will show the group on tour and then singing some of the most famous Neapolitan songs and arias from the Italian and international opera repertoire – all of which were sung by the original Three Tenors.
NOTTE MAGICA – a magical night tribute to The Three Tenors’ is a project conceived by Michele Torpedine, Il Volo’s creator, manager and producer and is distributed in cinemas worldwide by Rising Alternative, in collaboration with Sony Music Masterworks, Sony Music Italy, C Major Entertainment and SpectiCast.
“A tribute to such artists and to such an event could be considered presumptuous, but in fact it is not, as we have not the slightest thought of comparing ourselves to our idols, our artistic inspirations,” say Il Volo.
“I am very happy to be with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca conducting them in this magic night under the stars in such a beautiful city: Florence! I really love these guys. They are performing such a great repertoire around the world – some of the music my colleagues and I performed in our own concerts”, says Plácido Domingo
For those of you in Canada, it looks like the closest for you would be Vashon, Washington, which is between Seattle and Tacoma on the map. It doesn’t look like they have added any additional locations since a month ago, but you never know – keep looking!
A long awaited and special night has finally come to pass, and it was “magical,” as the name of the event and Gianluca said. I don’t think anyone thought that the night Il Volo participated in a tribute to The Three Tenors, Jose Carreras, Maestro Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, was going to be anything but. 🙂
I have a lot of material and more coming through this morning. I’m going to step aside and let you enjoy as much of the journey as possible in two posts!
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Il Volovers Italy Official from Il Volo Abruzzo – before the concert 7/16
Il Volovers Italy Official from Il Volo Abruzzo – before the Florence Concert 7/16
Il Volovers Italy Official from Il Volo Abruzzo – Gianluca with fans Florence 7/16
Il Volovers Italy Official from Il Volo Abruzzo – Ignazio with fans Florence 7/16
Il Volovers Italy Official from Il Volo Abruzzo – Piero with fans Florence 7/16
Il Volo has been busy in their short break from touring, a break so short, in fact, that the European leg has begun with a concert in Madrid last night. It looks like it was marvelous as always, and while we wait for all of Madrid to have their say, lets recap the last couple of weeks. ~~ Kelly
World Youth Day Kick Off
Il Volo announced they will participate in World Youth Dayin July during an appearance in Loreto, Italy.
World Youth Day is an event organized every three years by the Roman Catholic church emphasizing the unity of different cultures. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the Pope and his conducting the final mass of the event. It is called “youth day”, but it will actually span nearly a week ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Youth_Day ).