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QUESTION & ANSWER with TORPEDINE by Daniela

Among the many live shows of these days, I saw this video made by the QUESTION & ANSWER program, conducted by Serena and Alessandro asking Michele Torpedine questions of all kinds. I found the answers very interesting and that help us to better understand the manager of our guys.

Enjoy the reading!

S = Guys, Michele Torpedine, manager of Il Volo and author of the book, RICOMINCIO DAI TRE will soon be with us. (she shows the book).

He is a great character in the world of music, he has launched many famous singers and it is an honor to have him here.

(After 10 minutes, Michele connects)

MT = Hi everyone, so what are we talking about today? What should I expect from you Serena? Should I call the lawyer?? (laughs)
But do I have to answer all the questions?

S = Yes, to all questions, and you cannot ask us questions.
Alessandro asked me if I am a little afraid of you, and I am a little afraid of you, because I have read your book and you say you do not have a nice character.

MT = I have a bad temper with those who deserve it, otherwise I am very sweet.
I become grumpy and unpleasant with those who deserve it, but with people who do well I  don’t.

A = Can we also mention names in the questions, or not?

MT = The names yes.

S = My first question is this: is there anything about you that cannot be joked about at all?
(the connection with Michele disappears and when it reappears there is no audio, therefore Michele is asked to exit and return from the live. Michele re-enters, everything is ok.)

MT = No, apart from the physical aspect and the problems of sex, everything can be said about me.

S = But I have all questions about Michele sex!!

MT = I’ll try to answer you.

S = Alessandro ask yourself, the first questions.

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A = Which is the artist with whom you have had working relationships, who has been the most underrated?

MT = From me or from the audience?

A = The one who didn’t get what he deserved.

MT = There is one in particular, which I brought to Sanremo years ago, his name was Roberto Amadè, he is a great songwriter. We reached the final in Sanremo, but then, the discography and the television viewing did not appreciate him for what he deserved. He is very strong.

A = Because of him or not?

MT = Because the “connoisseurs” did not consider him suitable. You know, you always see the image of those who are doing well (means those who are welcome), of the others not, and with him there was nothing to do, unfortunately, because he was very strong, and he still is because he writes yet . Sometimes there are unexplained things behind success.

A = Instead, what was your most overrated artist? If you can tell….

MT = None of my artists. Just read their names that you understand that they are really good: Gino Paoli, Zucchero, Giorgia, Pino Daniele, Bocelli, Il Volo ….. with these names, you cannot say that they have been overrated, I clearly speak of my artists.
There are many other useless artists, there are names in rap, in trap, in these genres here, which is no longer music, but something else.

Also in women’s discography, there are many voices that are all the same, once there were singers who each had their own musical genre, and a great personality. Today on radio, you can hardly distinguish one from the other species in young people.

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S = Mine are a little more particular questions, listen carefully to this question.
“Who would manage Il Volo when you retire?”

MT = (he makes a superstitious gesture) …. who will take Il Volo ?? The same happened with Bocelli, after 16 years, his wife and relatives continued the journey and they do it well.

The problem is not to continue, the problem is the initial phase, when they are unknown, it takes the person who senses their talent, afterwards, when the thing has exploded, it is not difficult to manage, as long as you continue on the things already done before.

S = But you think that when you retire, Il Volo will divide, or will always remain: Il Volo?

MT = No, they are too intelligent to divide. I always say that the beautiful part of Il Volo has yet to come, they are still young, they still call them “tenorini”, because they still do not have an age to be considered credible, but vocally, with what they learn on stage, at 28 / 29 years will be great stars, because they sing really well and it will always be better.

A = What artist would you have wanted to manage, which you have not managed?

MT = In Italy I was lucky enough to work with many great artists, I would have liked to have more Pino Daniele, it was the most beautiful production that ever existed on the Italian market. If you talk to me about the international market, that’s another matter.

Pino was the best, his concerts were really all live, he had few recorded sequences.

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S = Of all the artists you have had, humanly, who is the biggest asshole?

MT = Who has read the book and who follows all my controversies in recent years knows it, is only the artist Zucchero.
The others behaved well, I have nothing to say to Bocelli, to Giorgia, we had a working relationship and then it ended, but I could not say anything about it.

I have been with Il Volo for 11 years, in short, the only one who humanly disappointed me is only Zucchero, luckily like him, there are not many of them, this is an environment where someone still thanks you.

S = In your book you say that no artist has ever thanked you.

MT = It is the vice of the environment, but not everyone is like that, as always, there are intelligent people and others who instead have no sensitivity, or have no memory, because they are greedy of fame.

S = Do you have to say thanks to someone?

MT = Yes. You must know that in the beginning, when I played (he was drummer) I needed money, the whole family was poor, indeed very poor, and when I started playing, my father beat me, because playing, especially in the south, it was not considered a real job, it was wasting time and I had to go to work at 12/13 years of age, otherwise there was no money to eat.

Fortunately then, I started playing for Orietta Berti (Italian singer), and I started to bring home some money. She was the first to trust me, I did a little bit of everything with her and she said that I could be a manager.

Then I went to work for Gino Paoli (Italian singer) and he told me if, in addition to playing, I wanted to take care of him, and with these two characters my life changed.

From a life of total misery, I went to a good time.

(Michele receives a call and the connection jumps, then he reconnects.)

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A = In fact I thought that, with Gino Paoli, first you only played and then instead you became his manager.

MT = Yes, in fact, I suggested to Gino to take a tour with Vanoni (Italian female singer), at the beginning they didn’t want because there was a love story between them, then they accepted and it was a great success, a very successful tour, and we made a lot of money and my life changed.

A = I personally met Lucio Dalla (author of Caruso) and I think he was one of the few who remained the same, despite the notoriety.

MT = Yes, it’s true, moreover he lived in Bologna like me, and we met often, because we were friends, but also because he lived the city, he didn’t live a retreat, where nobody could meet him, often you met him in the shops, in bars.

S = If you met fifteen year old Michele Torpedine, what would you say to him?

MT = It is a question that many ask me, but, despite those were the most terrifying years for me, because I only took the beating, we ate little and lived five in a room, but it is the period that I remember, as more absolutely beautiful, so I would tell myself to do the same things again, even if I suffered. 

Everything I do, I think back to that first period and for me it is a great victory.

Yesterday on RAI1 the recording of the 2015 IL VOLO concert was broadcast and the boys made high audience, they won the audience of the evening, and for me, this is as if I were doing it for the first time.

S = What you are proud of, but you would never put on your resume.

MT = It is difficult to answer because I am proud of everything I have done and for now everything has gone very well, so there is nothing that I would eliminate.

A = I would like to ask you a question relating to live concerts.
Is there a concert you would like to do in an important location, and with whom?
I remember that with Zucchero you did the concert in the Kremlin.

MT= With Il Volo, next year we will do something for the first time in Piazza S. Pietro (Vaticano).

I was the first to do a concert in the Kremlin with Zucchero, then with Bocelli I did the concert under the Eiffel Tower and the concert in front of the  Twin Towers, and I made the proposal for the Bocelli concert at the Colosseum, then he and I parted, but he did that concert, and the idea was mine.

I could think of a concert on the Chinese Wall, or on the Moon ….. with Il Volo I made Pompeii.

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A = If you hadn’t become a manager, what would you have done?

MT = I would have continued to play the drums, also because it is the only thing I can do.

I also wrote it in the book, they made us work as children, I practically didn’t see school, so today I would be doing concerts on some cruise ship or in some place, but anyway with that job, I would always have to eat.

S = Once the girls used to say “Come and see my collection of butterflies.” (like a phrase to attract the girls in the house), now what collection would you show?

MT = Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the case, I am part of an industry, where girls do not need many incentives for certain moments, however it would be sad to think of using those means, when there are serious people who hopefully have other topics to show.

S = Now Michele I have some stupid questions. Nothing is known of your private life, we want to know if you are married, engaged, divorced …. we want to know your facts. Always ask you about the guys from Il Volo, but tell us about yourself. Did you ever say I LOVE YOU?

MT = Very few times.

(Michele reads a message)

A message from the president of Sony has arrived at this moment: “The boys don’t miss a beat.” 

(certainly referring to the consensus of audience that had the concert on RAI1)

Everyone has his point of view with women, I am now elderly and still single, unfortunately I have a negative attitude with women, I have little confidence in them, perhaps because most women in our environment are very “easy”, there are many temptations, and they are unable to be faithful, and I do not respect this type of woman and I am afraid to put such a woman in my house, in fact I was single. I am a southern man and would be very disappointed if my woman cheated on me, I am also jealous, and when I am on tour around the world, I cannot control the situation at home.

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S = But don’t you miss something in your life?

MT = It is clear, I miss a woman and a son, especially a son.
I miss going home in the evening and finding the family waiting for you.

But I have too many examples near me of unfortunate friends who have not found the right woman or have had divorces and I think it could happen to me too, so I avoid. I have my adventures and then it ends.

S = You like being the sex symbol.

MT = Maybe!! I am a sex symbol for those women who want to start singing or dancing in our environment, but if I were a delivery boy, it would be much harder for me.

 A = How do you see the situation of the concerts, in this moment of virus?

MT = I see it badly, unfortunately, but it is the same for everyone. Luckily in America we only lost 3 concerts, now in August we will have two dates at the Arena and Taormina then Milan, but we will certainly move them to spring 2021. By now this year it will be difficult to do something live.

S = I keep asking you silly questions. Do you watch porn movies?

MT = No, I don’t watch them because they bore me, in the end they are all the same. Look, I always tell the truth and I have to tell you that I have been to Cuba four times and I have never taken advantage of situations, I saw the colleagues who were with me going back and forth from the hotel, I never did it because I didn’t I like to take advantage of this, it’s horrible.

S = How important is sex in a relationship?

MT = A lot and being able to have a person by your side, that involves you is very important.

Final chat and goodbyes!!

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I enjoyed reading about Michele and I think he really gets “naked” in the interviews.

He has really had very difficult years and surely regrets not having his own child. Maybe that’s why he always said that he considers Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero as his children!!

Did you like the interview?

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

IL VOLO: ANALYSIS OF A SUCCESS by Valeria

Valeria Bosch offers us a beautiful analysis of IL VOLO’s success. It is always a pleasure to read and confirm what we all think in our hearts.

Once again, thank you Valeria! ❤️

Daniela

Analysis 01

The last part of the Latin-American tour of  Il Volo, which takes place in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, has begun. Thus comes halfway the long celebration of the trio’s ten-year activity, which started last January with the event in Panama, on the same altar next to Pope Francis, then continued with the participation in Sanremo, the tour in Japan, the  series of concerts in various Italian cities, in Mexico, in Eastern Europe and in Central America

The second part of this event will take place in 2020, with a long tour that will start from Canada and touch the main North American cities, and then with other surprises that the tireless trio preparing for us.

Analysis 02

No music star ever celebrated in such a solemn way an anniversary of their activity, so much so that you get the feeling that the boys want in this way to pay homage to all the public of the world that always support them and have made them of the first-rate stars. If we consider that these artists who after a 10-year career can afford such a celebration, are only 24, 25 and 26 years old, really curiosity deepens about the reasons for such extraordinary success, so inter-generational, so planetary of the guys who, starting as teenagers from three provincial areas of our beautiful Italy, to conquer the world took less than Caesar when, after a battle, could proudly exclaim: “Veni vidi vici!” (I came, I saw, I won!)

Analysis 03

But it’s enough to attend even one of their own concerts to understand all the elements that, together, form that explosive mix called “Il Volo’s success”, which makes people move from one continent to another and makes sold out  continuous, and  makes the public of all latitudes repeatedly stand up in endless standing ovations.

Let us then examine these elements.

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A) THE MUSICAL GENRE – For most of their performances, Il Volo prefers the operatic pop or pop-opera, a genre that results from the contamination between “opera” and pop, an operation brought to worldwide fame especially by Luciano Pavarotti and which now, among a thousand imitations, finds the most famous followers in Andrea Bocelli and precisely in Il Volo. The repertoire is mainly aimed at the tradition of the great classics that are part of the history of Italian, Neapolitan, American and Spanish music. The boys also perform several unreleased songs, which always follow the path of bel canto, of melodious and elegant music. Although there are some critics clinging to the stereotype that this is old and demodé music, which only appeals to the elderly, the truth is that these songs have a great success even among young people, who learn the lyrics by heart and sing them by voice explained during the concerts: therefore this beautiful romantic music, which creates emotions and envelops the heart, always appeals to many people, even very young people, probably tired of the boring and senseless rappers and trappers.

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B) THE VOICES – No one, not even the most convinced haters, will ever deny that Gianluca, Ignazio and  Piero have in their throats not only three beautiful voices, but three golden voices, formidable devices that very few others in the world can boast. Their added value, compared to those who have a beautiful voice, is the set of the three voices, voices different from each other, but equally extraordinary, which complement each other giving rise to a concert in the concert, as if they were three instruments that, played together,  create such a myriad of musical combinations that those who listen to them feel transported immediately to the sky.  Among  them there is no front man: their interventions follow each other in an absolutely equal way, each having its own precise reason to be in that particular musical passage. All that gives rise to a result of a unique excellence, which no one else’s interpretation is able of rendering.

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C) THE FEELING WITH THE AUDIENCE – The three boys of Il Volo don’t limit themselves to appearing on stage and singing, albeit in a formidable way, but give rise to real entertainment with the audience, sometimes moving (as when they dedicate moments of tenderness to their fans and especially to the children), sometimes funny, with a whole series of dialogues and jokes in which Ignazio usually acts as a star, and Gianluca and Piero follow him in a way worthy of the most consummate actors. All that creates moments of great empathy and fun that, combined with the emotion created by the music, transports the audience to a different world, something that you would like to never end, the 2-3 hours of the show pass in a flash and, then, a feeling of loss takes over, that will last for days. In this relationship with the public the three boys are greatly helped by the fact of speaking with fluency both English and Spanish, languages that allow them to talk practically with people from all over the world.

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D) THE ELEGANCE AND BEAUTY – Gian, Ignazio and Piero are undoubtedly three handsome boys, their young age and the care they take in keeping their bodies trained with the practice of sports and gym, make them present at the public, despite the hard efforts caused by concerts and continuous travels, always in the midst of their freshness and vigor. They also possess that natural, typical Italian elegance of attitudes and posture that led them to be models in various photo shoots. This beautiful presence, let us not deny it, also contributes to their success, together with the extraordinary voice and the ease on the stage.

Analysis 08

In conclusion we can say that, although the entertainment world is very hard and these guys have navigated through risks and difficulties, their ship, after 10 years, is in a safer and stronger harbor than ever. The relationship between them, over time, has clearly improved, becoming a friendly, even fraternal relationship; they have continued to study, incredibly maturing their voice and the interpretative ability; they are surrounded by an immense and ever increasing affection of fans from all over the world. Even their relationship with the mass media has improved, despite an Italian press small group surviving that deliberately (and inexplicably) hide their sensational success. In short, if the current ascending curve continues in its direction, we can safely say that in the near future Il Volo will become the first Italian musical reality and will access the Olympus of international music.

Analysis 09

 

Credit to owners of all photos.

AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW by Daniela

Today I want to amaze you and even have a little fun! ☺️

A friend of mine, she posted a video on Facebook and when I saw it I really enjoyed it, in fact it moved me.

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This is a reaction to the execution of the Eurovision 2015 final song. Of course, I am biased, seeing IL VOLO, but observing the reaction of this boy, I become more convinced of the greatness of interpretation of our Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio.

I hope that not all of you have seen this video, in any case it is always nice to see it again.

This time there is no need for translation!

Really fantastic and absolutely sincere his reaction.

“That was amazing, it really was ….
I’d never three male vocalists perform like that. It was like hearing one person in a studio performs all three parts, that’s how strong their harmony was and how their voices complemented each other and blended together …”

Then I also found this good reaction.

It’s really a great satisfaction to see such positive reactions and given by young guys who are certainly not traditionalists but who appreciate the skill.

And finally, again to emphasize how our boys are taken as a model, I propose this video of PER TE CI SARO performed by three young and modern Asian boys at a race like XFACTOR.

It’s great to hear these three guys singing in Italian, and it must also be very difficult for them to learn the pronunciation well, also look at how young they are.

What pride to see the effect that the songs of our beloved boys make on a genuine audience.

Also, I’m so happy to see young boys imitating our fantastic young men, because they are the TOP, and their example is absolutely positive.

Come on, guys, the road is right !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of photo and videos.

VOCI DI NATALE FROM LEBANON by Daniela

It’s Christmas Day, it’s 11pm in Italy, on RAI 1, as promised, the special registered by IL VOLO in military camps in Lebanon begins, based on an idea by Michele Torpedine.

I try to translate for you by summarizing in degrees.

The video is interspersed with actions taken at the base, songs performed by the guys in the military canteen and songs performed on stage during the concert.

Between one connection and another there are also personal greetings from the military to their families at home.

The video speaks for itself, simply magnificent. The clickable link is below.

Il Volo 🎅🏻 Voci di Natale 🎄 Lebanon

 

Begin with the speech of the defense minister Elisabetta Trenta.

“Hi guys (she turns to the military) , tonight, I had to be with you, but I can not, because I’m here in Afghanistan with your colleagues, here behind me, and they greet you with me.

I take this opportunity to give you many Christmas greetings, to wish your families best wishes, to bring you my greetings, greetings from the government and the whole country.

Thank you for what you do, thanks to your families who, perhaps, will look at us right now, thanks to everyone and, very soon.

Hi everyone!”

The guys are picked up at the airport as they leave for Lebanon. (in the background you can hear My Way)

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and on their arrival received by the military.

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On the bus to the base, Captain Gianluca Rosa explains that they are approaching the base near Shama, about 10 km from the Israeli border.

At the Millevoi base, they are welcomed with these nice words:

“I welcome you on behalf of everyone, it is an immense joy to have you here, when a piece of Italy comes here, makes us less distant from home, not just for me, but for everyone”

G = It will be an adventure that we will certainly tell, first of all to our families, but then also to our children and grandchildren.

To Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio are assigned a room like those of real soldiers.

The following morning they witness the raising of the flag and the singing of the Italian anthem. (very moving)

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Welcome is given with applause to Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca de IL VOLO.

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P = Beautiful

Military = For us it is the most significant moment of the day.

I = I have to say that behind me I heard people in tune.

P = Behind me, a little less !!

From the theater of Tiro, White Christmas.

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The guys go to visit the souk, the typical Arab market.

The mission of the blue helmets is explained to the guys.

The blue helmets must be impartial towards the people, they must understand and deepen the knowledge of the people of those places in order to have their trust.

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From the canteen of the military: Santa Claus is coming to town.

Ignazio = I was born in Bologna from a Sicilian family, I always lived Christmas as a return to Sicily to my grandparents and uncles, then, the true spirit of Christmas, I’ve been feeling it now in recent years, since we started traveling, is the only time of year, Christmas, more beautiful, because we can return home to families, I personally to my sister, that I, I hardly ever see.

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Piero Ignazio and Gianluca then visit the archaeological site of Al Bas di Tiro, of Roman and Byzantine culture.

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Gianluca = At Christmas I always sang in church, I sang the Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. My grandfather very happy in the front row, even the parish priest of the village, because I live in Montepagano, a small town near the sea, in Roseto degli Abruzzi, so we all know each other and as a child they knew me as the singer of the country, we are a big family in my little country.

This is nice, because everyone loves me and I love everyone, as when I go out in the morning to have coffee at the bar, even Christmas is wonderful because everyone gathered in the square and we celebrate Christmas together as a big family.

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From the theater of Tiro, Silent Night.

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The boys are made to wear a blue helmet, symbol of military in peace action UN.

Piero and Gianluca enter a tank.

Ignazio explains the function of the automatic defensive turret.

I = It is a beautiful responsibility and a great tension every time you use a vehicle of this type, of course it is your job, but behind it there is a series of sacrifices and study.

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From the canteen of the military: Christmas Medley.

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Ignazio asks the commander what UNIFIL means.

The general of division Stefano Del Col explains that UNIFIL is very important because for 12 years it is the guarantor of peace in the area, controls and recalls those who border and guarantees that the borders are controlled.

It includes 43 nations, 10,500 peacekeepers and 1,000 civilians.

The blue bins delimit the dividing line and are spread over 120 km and guarantee a strip of peace.

Ignazio says that they are honored to have been part of the story in the few days they stayed in Lebanon.

Piero thanks the general for dedicating part of his time to them.

The general thanks IL VOLO for bringing a piece of Italy in this Middle Eastern context. Together they wish Merry Christmas.

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From the theater of Tiro and from the canteen of the military : Grande Amore. 

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The guys visit the helicopter hangar and get on one of them. (in the background you can hear IL Mondo)

There are always two helicopters ready for any mission.

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P = Today, as soon as you breathe Christmas air, you breathe the air of home, because fortunately for the work we do, we turn a lot, we are hardly ever at home, but Christmas is a must return, also because our families have separated, some cousins have left for abroad. Unfortunately in Sicily there are not so many job opportunities and some have been forced to leave home. So Christmas is a moment of recollection for everyone, I can only think of a “moment of joy”.

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From the canteen of the military :  Smile.

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From the theater of Tiro : Adeste Fideles.

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Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, sing, in the canteen of the military, along with the children who were orphaned, and who now live in the military base.

I = Today we sang with the children, a Christmas song. Even more beautiful, it was hear them sing in Italian.

P = This morning, singing along with those “magic” children, was a set of indescribable chills.

G= Today we had the great privilege to sing along with some children who unfortunately were orphaned because of the war. That gave us an even stronger emotion and it was really moving.

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From the theater of Tiro : O Holy Night. 

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A moment of leisure, a game of football in the military base.

And Jingle Bells played with Arabian atmosphere.

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From the canteen of the military : ’O Surdato  Nnammurato.

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From the theater of Tiro : Volare (Nel Blu dipinto di blu).

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P = For us it was a very special Christmas, we hope to have given you a smile.

I = Special because … starting from playing soccer with the children, doing crazy experiences inside a tank, by helicopter, letting us explain the life of these soldiers. Everything was exciting.

G = Also because these experiences make you a better person, enrich the soul, and we can say that, despite our different characters, this experience has united us three even more.

I = Being here, has made us more proud of being Italian.

P = Now is the time of the good wishes, from Il Volo

PIG = Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Torpedine = The next event will be in Panama, at the end of January, on the World Youth Day, the meeting with the Pope. We hope to travel with him and sing the Ave Maria during the Pope’s Mass.

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Here are the guys with the RAI troupe who followed them in Lebanon.

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Still some beautiful shots.

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This program has thrilled me so much, I was very proud of my “Italian being”.

These guys are really UNIQUE, immense treasures, sensitive, educated, humble and good.

The idea of the program was Torpedine’s and I must say, honor of merit, he always has some brilliant ideas.

The topics were treated in a delicate way and the songs were followed with such sweetness and involvement.

The latest news given by Torpedine, the presence of the boys at World Youth Day, where they will sing before the Pope was another twist, another step that makes me even more proud of them.

2019 will be a very intense year indeed.

But no fear will come on tour in America, wait and see!

Of course, despite VOCI DI NATALE was broadcast on RAI 1 at 11.00 pm, you must know that it has made the record of ratings !!!! News that makes us even happier.

Daniela

 

We thank Il Volo Sicilia for the photos and
Il Volo Mundial (Oficial) for the Facebook video.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Marie Crider

This is a re-post of an original poem by Marie Crider written in 2014. It is so cute that we just had to post it again this year! 😀 👏

 

I have to post this poem I wrote (mangled) last Christmas. It’s my favorite for obvious reasons. Just had to change one word.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the villa,
not a creature was stirring, not even Godzilla (couldn’t think of another rhyme)

When, what to my wondering eyes should I hear, (I take liberties)
but a song and three Boys, not tiny, but Dear! (lots of liberties)

I saw Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio too,
up to my rooftop, to my living room they flew!

They were dressed all in Brioni, from their head to their foot,
but their clothes were all tarnished, with ashes and soot.

A bundle of love they had in their pack,
and they looked just like heaven, when I calmly stared back!

His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry! (that really is a line!)
Piero’s glasses were there, the color of cherry! (that one’s not)

Gian said not a word but went straight to his work
and filled all my dreams with songs and a perk!

He’d left me Ignazio all covered with bows
and giving a nod up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his Fiat, to Piero gave a whistle,
and away they both flew, like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim as they drove out of site,
“Happy Christmas to all, I hope Marie doesn’t bite!”

i -again, the angle