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Let the Magic Begin!

Everything that the guys do is magic! They make us happy every time they open their mouths. But there are moments that just blow us away!
2016-2017 were the years dedicated to the “Notte Magica” project, the tribute to the 1990 event of the Three Tenors.

IL VOLO and Placido Domino hug on the Firenze stage

On July 7, 1990, a magical night took place in Rome: Jose Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti sang together for the first time in one of the most evocative temples of opera, the ancient Baths of Caracalla. This was the biggest classical music project of the 20th century.

Photo of the Three Tenors Plácido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti from July 7, 1990 on stage in Rome

Twenty-six years later, Il Volo, paid tribute to the event and to the Three Tenors with a new album and a live concert event, “Notte Magica ~ A Tribute to The Three Tenors.”

 

The Il Volo concert took place on July 1st, 2016 at Piazza Santa Croce, one of the most beautiful plazas in Florence. They were joined by the famous Teatro Massimo di Palermo Orchestra. The guys performed some of the most famous Neapolitan songs and arias from the Italian and international operatic repertoire all of which were sung by the original Three Tenors.

Beautiful night time picture of the PIazza Santa Croce with the stage and audience lit up in red

Close up night time picture of the PIazza Santa Croce with the stage

Their special guest was Maestro Plácido Domingo. Maestro Domingo conducted almost half of the program and joined Il Volo singing the classic “Non ti scordar di me.” Although the guys were not born in 1990, they grew up listening to the three tenors.

Message to IL VOLO from Placido Domingo

They were fascinated and, inspired by their voices and legendary achievements. Now, the guys were sharing their music with a younger audience. This was a great opportunity for the younger generation to experience the same emotions as we did on that magical night 26 years earlier.

This was also the beginning of the world tour of “Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors” which debuted on March 4th, 2017 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The show was sold out. After 15 stops in the United States, all sold out, the tour was extended to Europe from May 5th, 2017 for 29 performances and from September it extended to Latin America.

Photo of Radio City Musica hall lights

Some moments to remember along the way:
The Arias!
Ignazio was first with “Una Furtiva Lagrima.” 
In the aria “Una Furtiva Lagrima from L’elisir D’amore by Gaetano Donizetti, Ignazio makes you feel the innocents of Nemorino’s love for Adina. His warm graceful voice is very bright and strong with a smooth, clear and crisp dimension. He has an astonishingly, acute extension that leaves you breathless. He is exceptional because he can sing from the lowest to the highest note in the tenor range and, he can, easily, hit that high C. Waiting for it and knowing it’s going to happen is so exciting!  Ignazio only needs to open his mouth in song and passion exudes from his lips. He’s very expressive and simplistic in his presentation. He feels every note of every song and expresses it in a most sensitive way. You feel what he feels! The end result is a delivery full of passion that leads you to ecstasy!

Next came Gianluca singing “La Danza.”
“La Danza” by Gioachino Rossini, is actually a Neapolitan Tarantella which is used in comic opera because of its’ rapid succession of rhythm. It is really a tongue twister. The singer should have excellent enunciation, to sing the song to maximum effect and Gianluca certainly fits the bill. Gianluca’s highs and lows, his emotion and expression are superb. He has total command of the song. He has a very rich chest resonance which creates a feeling of depth and drama in his voice. It is exactly what is needed for this song. His ability to sing from the lowest to the highest note in the baritone range gives him the ability to move along with the rhythmic movement of the song. There are many videos of Gianluca singing La Danza but, I chose this one because he is so animated, so happy, he’s feeling the orchestra and he’s even leading them at one point. In the end, he had the time of his life with this performance. Maybe because he was at home in Abruzzi, enjoying it with his people! A difficult song, a beautiful delivery!
(Click on the photo below to view “La Danza”)

Gianluca smiling on stage after performing La Danza

And finally, Piero with “No Puede Ser.”
“No Puede Ser” from the opera La Tabernera del Puerto was composer by Pablo Sorozábal. Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw wrote the Spanish Libretto.
Piero’s voice really comes to life in this aria. He has the brightness and height of a lyric tenor, but with a heavier vocal weight enabling his voice to be “pushed” to dramatic climaxes with less strain than his lighter-voice counterparts. Every note that comes out of his mouth reaches you with such intensity and remains with you for a long time. It’s the voice that reaches out to you and demands your attention. From the first note Piero pierces your soul! His passion comes through in his music. Arias are very dramatic and, Piero brings all the drama of the aria into his performance. Always a showstopper!

 The Notte Magica tour, which followed included, in addition to opera tunes such as “Nessun Dorma”, “E Lucean le Stelle” and “Una Furtiva Lagrima”, there were famous songs in Spanish like “Granada” and “No Puede Ser.” There were pieces of traditional American songs like “My Way” (from the original French song “Comme d’habitude,” English lyrics by Paul Anka and made famous by Frank Sinatra) and “Maria” from the musical “West Side Story.” There were the traditional Neapolitan classics such as “Torna a Surriento”, “O Surdato nnammurato” and “O Sole Mio”. They also included romances like “Mattinata” and Italian songs such as “Caruso” by Lucio Dalla, which was a fantastic interpretation of the great Luciano Pavarotti. All of this is embellished with symphonic masterpieces performed only by the orchestra, such as the prelude of Bizet’s “Carmen” and the intermezzo of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” (my favorite opera).

(Nessun Dorma, the first Notte Magica in Florence,  the beginning of the video is shaky, but then continues well, live video recorded by Daniela)

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca explained that their tour had a mission. That is to make known and appreciated the value of this repertoire even to those who have never listened to it before. And the intent seems perfectly successful because it was applauded by at least three generations.

Message to Placido Domingo from IL VOLO

The pearl of the evening “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”, was an Ave Maria written specifically for Il Volo that they dreamed of performing for Pope Francis. The guys did in fact sing it, for the Holy Father, at World Youth Day in Panama City.

And to round it off, they ended the concert with “Grande Amore”!
When I was researching the material for this article, I found, in our archives, some beautiful emotions expressed by our Daniela from Flight Crew about the event in Piazza Santa Croce, and I would like to share them with you.
“The magic of that night was that no one knew what to expect! We all know that the boys have incredible voices, but when they started with the Nessun Dorma, I think all those present held their breath to the end.

IL VOLO and orchestra on the Firenze stage

‘Oh my God, it’s very difficult, I thought, and even the boys were very emotional. There was a palpable tension in the air.

Placido Domingo singing with IL VOLO on the Firenze stage

At the final note, we could not believe our ears, we all got up and applauded for a very long time. Teardrops fell from our eyes. They were very good, we were all very proud of them, and they were wringing their hands, hugging each other, moved by the success of the song.

Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero on the Firenze stage with Placido Domingo

The various songs went by fast and, the evening was beautiful. The muggy heat of the afternoon had given way to a nice evening temperature and Piazza Santa Croce was truly magnificent. Everyone present was very much involved.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero on the Firenze stage

Between one song and another there were presentations made by the boys themselves, repeated twice, once in Italian and once in English and this was funny because Piero said‘Rewind everything and repeat because the grandmother in the front row has not heard well.’

There were also strange moments, because it was summer and it was hot and yet, because the CD would come out at Christmas, they also sang a Christmas song, which was not added on the CD.
And Gianluca occasionally said‘Congratulations, Merry Christmas!’

The boys were really elegant, and the stage was huge, with a large chandelier that came down from the roof and emanated lights of many colors.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the Firenze stage

People reacted with enthusiastic applauses for their great affection, but also because they recognized the skill of our boys – Il Volo.”

Wide view of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the Firenze with orchestrastage

Also in our archives was a description of the opening of the concert in Detroit, in the United States, which was written by our administrator at Flight Crew, Jana, and I would like to share it with you.
“The lights went down in the theatre, and they went up on the stage, a deep blue light created a reminiscent backdrop of the evening sky in Florence. The smoke machine started to create a subtle breeze in the air. A quiet hush fell over the audience as the orchestra members strolled out onto the stage. The crowd clapped politely. Then the maestro, Joseph Modica, came out; again, the crowd clapped. The lights changed from red, to blue, to purple, to teal, and back again, all night. Very similar to the Florence concert, actually. Joseph raised his hands and, the first notes of the violins could be heard resounding over the crowd. That song, that most of us had only heard on the CD or TV, was now playing live, right in front of us. The sing-songy violins spoke and the cellos and bass answered back to them. Soon, it was over. The audience cheered and clapped, knowing that what they were really waiting for was about to appear before their eyes. Seconds later, the Notte Magica truly began.”

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the Firenze stage

The concert, Notte Magica in Florence, was filmed and broadcast in the United States by the national television network PBS, and in Italy by Canale 5. It was also broadcast in over 500 cinemas in Italy and around the world.
Staying with Notte Magica for a moment….

The beautiful Firenze stage in Piazza Santa Croce with orchestra

Victoria, one of our Flight Crew members, sent in this beautiful video clip that her 90-year-old Il Volo fan friend sent to her!  Victoria was wondering who the woman with the dark hair was and what was the story behind this video?  So, when you want the facts, where do you go? To our faithful and ever ready Italian Correspondent Extraordinare, Daniela Perani, who gave us the tender story.
The story is simple. There are six children, 5 females and 1 male. The woman with the dark hair is their mother, who has made many sacrifices for them. Four years earlier, they lost their dad, who was a sailor. They were not wealthy and, they led simple lives. They were always cheerful and, their dad was always there for them. These children made a promise to their dad that they would take care of their mother, but for four years she was always so sad.

IL VOLO and the family from C’è Posta Per Te

The children wanted to do something to make their mother happy so, to show their love, they took her to the Maria De Filippi program, C’è Posta Per Te, which they knew she would like. Knowing how much she loved Il Volo, they called the guys to tell them about their mother. Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca, gave her beautiful words of support, a bracelet, and sang for her. Then they invited the whole family to the concert in Rome.

In this video you will notice how touched she is and how she looks admirably at the boys as they sing. Her tears touched all of us!

Our journey this week showed us the magic of Il Volo. Something all their fans know about. The magic continued throughout the years. Such a short time but 12 years is like an eternity when we think about all they have done.
Soon we will hear our guys live at the Ancient Arena of Verona. The concerts will come back. All the sadness will soon be over and, we will “Let the Magic Begin” all over again.
So happy you are back on stage. It was lonely without you!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
If you would like to share a story with me, please email:  susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com
To read more Il Volo stories visit us at www.ilvoloflightcrw.com

 

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GIANLUCA: THE VOICE by Daniela

We all know that Maura Pucci loves Il Volo and also that she has a special affection for Gianluca.

Three years ago, she wrote on the occasion of Gianluca’s birthday, a beautiful letter that I am now translating for all of you with pleasure.

I must give you a premise, when Maura wrote this, she was a little worried, because she read everywhere that Gianluca was praised, but the beautiful words were almost always about, his appearance , and for Maura, this fact seemed really very reductive, because “her” Gianluca , he also had something better to offer.

Enjoy the reading!!

I fell in love with him in 2009, when I was disconcerted, but enchanted, by his voice from the deep register, an adult voice that came from a boy, from the face of an angel.

The years have passed and his voice, gradually, has taken on all the nuances that age, still immature, does not allow.

Today I am able to talk about its versatility, because he has many voices, different, but all recognizable.

We can start from his surprising FILO DI VOCE, (wire of voice) with which he concludes the first verse of “Notte Stellata”,  SOFT and SUBTLE, like a sigh, as well as all the whispered parts of the same song and many others, to reach its opposite, that is the DRAMATIC and THEATRICAL voice of baritone in “Aranjuez”.

Moving on from the voice CARESSING and LIGHT, with which he faces the beginning of many songs, from the SOFT and SENSUAL voice of the true crooner, from the AGGRESSIVE voice of “Delilah”, to the POWERFUL but LIGHT voice of “La Danza”, which becomes POWERFUL and TRIUMPHAL in his “Vincerò” of Nessun Dorma, to culminate in the DEEP and SOLEMN voice of the Christmas songs and / or religious, to which he gives a touch of sacredness.

There is also the one, used off the stage, full of RHYTHM and SWING, for particular interpretations, accompanied by him by the snapping of the fingers ……

So many voices for a chameleon singer, as it has been defined:

“Gianluca has a PERFECT VOCALITY, his voice is an INSTRUMENT.”

These are not my words, but of an American expert, a vocal coach, Gianluca does not sing, he INTERPRETS.

Because he sings with all of himself, with his eyes, with his facial expression, with his hand movements, even with his body posture. Look at it well in “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. 

When he sings a song, he does not perform part of his work, but “brings out” the passion for music that he has in himself, to transfer it to those who listen him: he is fulfilling a mission.

……. because he “feels” the music, to the maximum degree.

I saw him with a entranced expression, listening with closed eyes, the splendid voice of Piero, who sang beside him, “O Holy Night” ……. are things that move me and are not forgotten.

How is the artist Gianluca on stage?

He brings to the stage all the behavioral and character characteristics that distinguish him in his private life.

Always in search of perfection, he is PROFESSIONAL to the maximum degree; GENTLEMANLY attitudes, CHEERFUL and SMILING, sometimes even LIVELY, but never too EXUBERANT. WITTY, but with measure; RESERVED, but no longer shy as in the past; ROMANTIC, TENDER, helpful, full of affection for fans, just as he is towards family members, friends, children, the disabled.

I want to add a quality, which with the presence on stage, perhaps not involved, is also sincerely MODEST and not “arrogant” as many insinuate.

Some time ago, he said something that struck me, and now I try to summarize:
“I still find it hard to realize that I, who have had idols since I was a child and still have them today, may in turn have become an idol for many people.”

This is “my” Gianluca, as I see him, and, according to my personal tastes, I have found in him all the qualities that make him a son, a brother, an ideal nephew. ❤️

In fact, I consider him a virtual “grandchild” ……….😘

Nonna Maura with Gianluca

We are at the conclusion and until now, I never said, that he is also beautiful? Yes, because I wonder how much it costs for a show artist to be BEAUTIFUL too? 

It depends. Being beautiful counts a lot for a movie star, how many beautiful actors have been successful without being able to act!

But a singer is asked …… a beautiful voice, that he knows how to use and that enchants those who listen to him.

Like Gianluca’s voice, a healthy bearer of strong and contagious emotions.

If then, the lucky singer is also pleasant in appearance, that is just a plus that does not hurt. 😁😁

Maura

I fully agree with what Maura wrote, it’s true, Gianluca’s beauty is evident and immediately striking, but when he plays a song, his skill in modulating his splendid voice and in interpreting the song is evident.

What to say about this splendid “MI MANCHERAI”, how much transport, how much emotion.

I only knew Il Volo after the victory of Sanremo 2015, so the idea I had of Gianluca was that he started the songs because he had the lowest tones.

I was at the NOTTE MAGICA concert in Florence and I was able to attend the great skill of Il Volo, but the one of the three that surprised me the most was Gianluca, I never imagined how much power he could have in his voice.

Congratulations Gianluca !!  Honor of merit !!

Daniela

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ARLESIANA by Daniela

Immediately after having participated in Florence at the event for IL 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.

ARLESIANA 01

ARLESIANA 02

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.

We wait impatiently, thank you and good study!

Daniela

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IL VOLO /MONDO CAMERETTE by Daniela

It was announced the boys would be present Sunday, November 18 at an instore in Florence, at Mondo Camerette.

Mondo 01

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!

Mondo 02

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.

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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!

Mondo 04

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 …

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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.

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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.

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But before leaving a last autograph, but this time directly on a door of a bedroom.

Mondo 09

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.

Daniela

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Notte Magica – The Movie Event! June 21, 2017

This is a spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet!  Close your eyes and look away…..

nottemagica header

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.

Updated cinema show times by country are posted on http://www.ilvoloincinema.com

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!