News/Film Un Amore Cosi Grande, by Daniela

Sunday, December 31, in the newspaper the Arena,  appeared this article that updates us on the movie UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE.   Here is the translation of the most interesting part.

 

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GREAT SCREEN, THE LYRICA FLIES IN THE WORLD

“A return of image for our city thanks to the participation of the three tenorini de IL VOLO”

While we are still discussing the fate of opera in Verona, the best part of the city of Verona, is ready to debut on the big screen with “UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE” the film produced by the Verona A.C. Production by Michele Calì and Federica Andreoli.  It hopes to bring young people closer to the world of opera through a love story that promises to fascinate film and opera lovers of different latitudes.

In addition to the distribution in Italian cinemas, in fact, expected between late February and early March 2018, the film will land in 47 other countries, “with great image return both for our beautiful city, where most of the scenes were shot (Arena, Sala Maffeiana, Teatro Filarmonico), and for the lyrical tradition for which Verona is, and must continue to be, ambassador in the world, comments Calì.

The plot, already involving for the subject, also plays another winning card: the friendly participation of IL VOLO, a fresh and young presence, like the two protagonists of the film, Giuseppe Maggio and Francesca Loy, all witnesses, each in his own role, of the prodigiousness of music, and in particular of belcanto.

“A challenge, also for us producers” adds Calì, “to bring Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca on the set, to interpret themselves.  We were the first to succeed and this made us believe even more in the project, obviously also appreciated from the three world-famous artists.”

………………the article continues talking about the subsidies and other non-leading actors.

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Also on you tube appeared this video interviewing the main actress, Francesca Loy.

You can activate the simultaneous translator, however at the beginning questions are asked about the plot.  She says that she can not reveal much because the film has not yet come out.

It is a love story that takes place between St.Petersburg and Verona, two guys who meet and one of them is passionate about opera.

At minute 4.59 Francesca Loy answers questions about the Flight that I’m going to translate.

* Recall that also recite the three guys of IL VOLO, Ignazio Piero and Gianluca, winners of Sanremo in 2015.  Tell us a little gossip, how was acting with them, what types are they?

F= So, I’ll tell you, they are first of all very nice guys, just handy, not at all arrogant, they do not even seem famous.  You realize that when one evening I went out with Gianluca.  We went to Piper (a local in Verona) and he was very quiet, that is, very simple people.

It was exciting, because still hearing them sing live, it is an indescribable emotion.

* Are they as strong as they feel on television?

F = Yes, absolutely yes, they are very nice, all three, especially with Ignazio.  I laughed a lot, they are really sweet and very nice guys.

 

Credit to all owners of article and video.

~ Piero Premio Karkinos ~ by Daniela

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On December 16th the Karkinos Prize was held in Agrigento, an award that is recognized to the excellence of the Agrigento area.

Piero is from Naro which is in the province of Agrigento.   He is being recognized for the special prize for music.

Here is the translation of what was said:

“Special Award Karkinos 2017 for Music goes to Piero Barone”

(Piero is seated next to his mother, and a video clip shows Piero’s moments.)

The presenter says she is not used to all these people and all these flashes and thanks Piero for being there.  Everyone knows the load of commitments that IL VOLO has and having Piero present is a great honor.

She goes on to say that Piero was one of the first to arrive on that day and was present all the time.  This makes it clear how much Piero is a correct person who is keeping this presence.

Piero is asked what effect this has to receive this award in his land.

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Piero replies that he spent his childhood coming every Saturday afternoon from Naro with his dad to sing in the chorus of  voices of S.Cecilia and that everything was born from there. Being recognized in his land is the most beautiful thing, gives him so much satisfaction, and tonight sees so many faces he knows.

Yesterday evening he arrived from Mexico to attend this award.

Carmelo Cantone Carmelo is called to deliver the award.  He says that Piero is an undisputed international star, and that it was for two months that it was uncertain because, ….. he comes, he does not come.  The father of Piero helped by updating him on his travels.  He was in Japan, then in Mexico when Carmelo asked Gaetano, “but when does he return?”  Gaetano said “almost certainly” but this “almost” was not a certainty and then Gaetano sent him a message that yesterday he was at the airport to get Piero and Carmelo was finally reassured.

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Piero continues by saying that he and Ignazio and Gianluca with Torpedine have founded a new record label to give space to young talents, and three of these are Sicilian.

Then talking about his land, Piero says that two weeks a year he has a summer rest.   He passes this time in San Leone, in his land.  He could go to the Maldives, but those who want to see him say to come to San Leone, in his Sicilia.

Another award is given to Piero, executed by a jeweler craftsman who makes jewelry dedicated to those who love Sicily and Piero as an ambassador in the Sicilian world is an example. The jewel depicts a Trinacria (symbol of Sicily).

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A floral tribute is then given to Piero and then the Karkinos prize with the following reasons:

“The Karkinos Prize Commission is pleased to award the special prize for music to Piero Barone for his planetary success in the field of music.  Piero Barone, despite his very young age, with his important artistic achievements, has highlighted his land of origin all over the world with humility and pride.  The love for his land and his passion for music have made it a masterly example to follow for the many talents of our territory. “

Piero receiving the award says that he is from Naro, was born in Naro, and always returns to Naro where there are many people who love him and these people with the mayor have dedicated a wing of the Castle of Naro to him, as Piero Baron houseteca. At the beginning he thought “but I’m not dead, I do not want a museum” (everyone laughs) but the housetca has become a reference point for all the fans who follow him and there is a bulletin board dedicated to the prizes and this award will go there.

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Piero then says that the success they achieved in Sanremo is not only due to them but to everyone’s affection and explains that he sees his work as that of any craftsman (shoemaker, coachbuilder), he explains that the fans are his clients and he could NEVER deny them an autograph or a photograph.

Then he says that Grande Amore was the song that consecrated them to the public and that he lives in Bologna because he undertook the study of opera for his personal satisfaction.

In the end Piero thanks the audience saying that he really loves everyone.

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Credit to all owners of video and photos.

Il Volo Professional: Amici!

Ciao a tutti!!

Hope everyone had a safe and blessed Easter!  There were many blessings sent forth from Kelly’s post!  🙂

There were several Instagram messages and FaceBook posts from the guys about their upcoming appearance on the fourth episode of “Amici di Maria de Filippi,” which aired on Canale 5 in Italy, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Thank you to Lisa Joy for posting it very quickly for all to see!)  This is another talent show in Italy.  This time, the guys were singing “My Way” for two competing male dancers.  It was a trio this time for this song and I thought the addition of Ignazio was incredible.  I loved the little jazzy softness he gave to the song and I always love when he goes for the high notes at the end.  They looked and sounded beautiful as always.

Although I did not dig too deep, I don’t know who won the dance competition?  My one friend said the guy in the white shirt should have won.  Maybe Daniela or Dani can fill us in?  🙂

For your listening and watching pleasure, here it is:

Thank you to Grazia Sabatini for some still shots from the program of  Ignazio and Piero.

A nice 4 picture arrangement of Piero!

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This has to be my favorite expression from Ignazio in this song!

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Although I did not see the same for Gianluca, I thought I’d add this one he sent us to wish us all a Buona Pasqua!  I didn’t think anyone would mind…. 🙂  On his Instagram, he said Erny took the picture – good job Erny!

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Take care everyone and be patient!  Their next concert is just a week or so away!

 

Ciao!

Jana

IL VOLO Professional – Notte Magica Las Vegas March 25, 2017

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What happens in Vegas…. well, doesn’t always necessarily STAY in Vegas…. like, what if the guys got stuck there and never came home again?  Ok, you guys in Vegas would be in Il Volo heaven and the rest of us would just HAVE to go out there to see them!

Anyhow, here are some pictures and videos from that fantastic night, from the city of lights!

 

This one from our own Jeannette, credit to her or owner….

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This one of Ignazio, certainly ranks right up there with my all time favorites! Credit to Il Volo Facebook page.

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Video credits go to Cris Gordon Sh and the pictures that follow…I think this one might have been from Piero?

 

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This audience picture is from the one and only Babs Vitali!  Just where are they when they sneak those pictures?

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Of course this picture from OMGVIP! group…and the lucky lady that owns this now precious scooter – wonder how much she could get for it now on Ebay?

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Myron’s post coming soon…. and here are a few quotes from the concert and the evening….

“I saw them in Dallas on their last US Tour and they were boys and this Saturday to me they became grown men.” — Gina, TX

“The concert was spectacular… The guys were just simply Super Stars on that stage, they never sounded better or looked more elegant than last night… I could go on forever but I would just be repeating what we have already read from other fans…There are no better singers/entertainers in this world than OUR IL VOLO!!!” — Jeannette, NV

 

Il Volo Professional ~~ Home and Family/Matrix

While in Los Angeles, Il Volo had an opportunity to do some interviews and guest on TV.

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17390684_1285465931533571_3969089398627511010_o17434639_1285465894866908_1666836720882998772_oThe following is a video from Home and Family that shows Il Volo assisting in making Panzanella Salad and then participated in a game of charades.  So fun to watch!

Video courtesy of Il Volo Mundial Oficial


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Matrix is an Italian TV show that was broadcast on Canale 5 live from Il Volo in Los Angeles.  The following link will take you to the show.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy as the interview was close to an hour.  Even if you don’t speak the language, just watching them is worth it.  Be patient, though, as there are commercials.

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/matrix/full/puntata-del-24-marzo_703990.html

Some beautiful photos were taken.  Below is just a sampling.

Grazie, Il Volo Sicilia, per le fotografie.

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I found the map of Il Volo’s fan base interesting.  What do you think?

The following is a summarized translation of the interview by AAIV.  Thank you, AAIV!

First, the guys talked about their March 23rd concert in LA, with Plácido Domingo as special guest, conducting the orchestra in 3 songs and performing together Non ti scordar di me. The Mediaset US correspondent Maria Luisa Rossi Hawkings was there at the concert and she interviewed Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca and Domingo in the backstage. As always, Plácido had very kind words, full of affection for them, such as “With Il Volo, I feel like home” and “Being with them here in LA means showing them my esteem”; and more, “Tonight in the audience there were not only fans but also people who love music. This means that these guys are really talented”.
Short videos of the rehearsals were shown as well. It was amazing to see this parallel version of Nessun Dorma on/off stage and Ignazio discussing his part with the Maestro (and following his suggestion)! The Los Angeles audience was in awe, of course!

As the interview went on, Piero said that they decided to do this Tribute to The Three Tenors only because Plácido Domingo accepted to be with them. Gianluca added that he made them feel more confident.

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A map of the fandom location was shown afterwords. But we are not sure about the data source. We truly believe it’s only a partial representation.

The night went on with many video clips taken from the LA concert. It was very nice to see them performing, we felt a little bit like if were there at the concert… Some information about how their tour work goes on were given, too. And the guys mentioned their collaboration with Maestro Joseph (Joe) Modica on Notte Magica tour. The guys having fun on stage and speaking English with Italian accent was also part of the topic!

There was also time for joking about them playing FIFA 2017 on their Play Station and the fans love for them! Will I Am of Black Eyed Peas was supposed to be at the LA concert, too but he couldn’t attend. He gave the guys new headphones as a gift! She was there instead, and very proud of Il Volo, Priscilla Presley! Wow!

We could also listen to a fragment of Grande Amore once again! The guys announced that 2018 will be a no tour year. They will lock themselves in a recording studio – and throw away the key! –  to work on a new album of Il Volo’s hits! Yeah, we love this plan!

 

Our Daniela also added that in the original interview the journalist asks a question naughty boys talking about the issue Sgarbi / Trump, telling the boys that so many supporters persons Trump spent their money to go and see them and Gianluca wryly responds that Sgarbi from Italy came to see them.

In addition to a certain point and Gian Piero Ignazio tease calling him GOAT GOAT GOAT, these words are often used by Sgarbi, and is another clear reference to him.
Thanks, Daniela!
Ciao!
~~ Leelee ~~

Il Volo Professional ~~ News; Pre-Latin American Tour

All the professional dealings of Il Volo

All the professional dealings of Il Volo

Hey Everyone!

Il Volo is on to Latin America with their first concert on April 9.  But just because they aren’t putting on a 2 hour show every night doesn’t mean they aren’t working.  😀  Here are some things that they will be doing before they hit the stage.

~~ Kelly

P. S. ~~ I think they are excited! kya

Album: Revista Dominicana Ritmo Social ~~ Facebook

 

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  • April 4th, 2016: Il Volo will arrive in Porto Rico for a press conference, apparently involving WapaTV.

 

  • April 5th, 2016: Il Volo will be guest on the Dominican tv show, Chévere Nights at 10 pm (Santo Domingo time). Streaming here: Chévere Nights streaming

 

Il Volo in the News Elsewhere:

 

  • April 3rd, 2016: on Italia 1 (Italian TV channel) a new show is starting, “Emigrantis”, talking about Italian famous people succeeding abroad. Il Volo will be the protagonist of one of the episodes.                                                                                                                                                                                      Article: Il Volo «vittime» di Pio e Amedeo in Emigratis: la clip inedita ~~ sorrisitv.com

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?????

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We are still surprised that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca went home so soon after a brief stay in Ny and then LA. Despite all the guessing and conjecture we do not know what their plans are for the immediate future; as you can see by my yellow question mark guy, above. As soon as I hear anything I’ll be running around in my blue suit finding out what’s going on. I do know they landed safely in Rome via Paris. They’re on a pace that includes some heavy duty flight time this year.

***Gianluca tweeted 2 hours ago “slept 15 hrs– jet lag’s fault”

****** Update, Gianluca tweeted about 2pm our time: “Yes. I have decided. I’ll move to LA”  It will be interesting to see how this develops!!!

I know most of you enjoy Andrea Bocelli, here’s a little bio.

Andrea Angel Bocelli,  (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian tenor, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of twelve following a football accident.

Since winning the Newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival in 1994, Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest

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hits albums, and nine complete operas selling over 80 million records worldwide.Thus,he has had success as a cross-over performer bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.

In 1998, he was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. “The Prayer”, his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot, won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. With the release of his classical album, Sacred Arias, Bocelli captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, as he simultaneously held the top 3 positions on the US Classical Albums charts. Seven of his albums have since reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and a record-setting 10 have topped the classical crossover albums charts in the United States.                      bocelli4

It was evident at birth that Bocelli had numerous problems with his sight, and after visits to many doctors, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. In 1970, at the age of 12, he lost his sight completely following an accident during a football game. He was accidentally hit on the head during a match and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Doctors resorted to leeches in a desperate last-ditch effort to save his sight, but they were unsuccessful, and he remained blind.

In the United States, Bocelli made a number of high profile TV appearances. He first performed “White Christmas” at the 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, broadcast live on NBC, 26 November. He performed the song again on 30 November during The Today Show also live. His appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show during her Holiday Music Extravaganza, where he sang “What Child Is This”, with Mary J. Blige and later closed the show with Adeste Fideles, was also aired the same day, and was later rebroadcast on 23 December. Bocelli also sang “Adeste Fideles” and was interviewed by Barbara Walters and Joy Behar on The View, which aired 2 December, on ABC. On 8 December, he performed “Jingle Bells” with The Muppets on The Jay Leno Show. He also performed a number of songs from the album, including “The Christmas Song” with Natalie Cole, during a dinner at David Foster’s mansion in Malibu, which was featured on The Dr. Phil Show, on 10 December. Bocelli also performed “White Christmas” and “Silent Night”, on the Larry King Live and Fox & Friends holiday-specials, broadcast 23 December, on CNN, and 19, 24 and 25 December, on Fox News.

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On 30 April 2000, Bocelli’s father, Alessandro Bocelli, died. His mother encouraged him to honor his commitments, and so he sang for the Pope, in Rome, on 1 May, and immediately returned home for the funeral. At his 5 July performance, filmed for PBS as American Dream—Andrea Bocelli’s Statue of Liberty Concert, Bocelli dedicated the encore Sogno (Dream), from his 1999 album Sogno, to the memory of his father.

A section of the beach in Jesolo, on the Italian Adriatic coast, was named after Bocelli on 11 August 2003.

In October 2013 Bocelli bought a second home in North Miami Beach.

We can all remember the heartfelt advice Bocelli gave to Gianluca when he won the singing contest,Ti Lascio Una Canzone, where Il Volo originally met in 2009.

Bocelli was born in the village of La Sterza , Lajatico, Tuscany. Here is a short history of his home town.la sterza map

Lajatico is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pisa in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 50 km southwest of Florence and about 40 km southeast of Pisa. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,353 and an area of 72.3 km². Lajatico sits in mainly hilly terrain (variable altitudes from 100 to 650 meters above sea level), and dominates the end of the Valdera valley and the opening of the valley known as Val di Cecina.

La Sterza, one of its hamlets (frazioni), is the natural door between these two geographical areas. The Sterza, Era, and the Ragone rivers form natural borders, placing Lajatico in a very central position to reach Tuscan cities and seaside resorts.[ Lajatico is, however, best known as the home town of tenor Andrea Bocelli. His annual concerts at the Teatro del Silenzio are attended by people from all around the world, every year.

Lajatico has the following hamlets (frazioni) associated with it: Orciatico, an ancient small medievil village; Spedaletto, a stomping ground of Lorenzo de’ Medici; Villaggio San Giovanni, and La Sterza.[Lajatico borders the following municipalities: Chianni, Montecatini Val di Cecina, Peccioli, Riparbella, Terricciola, Volterra.

The first written document mentioning Lajatico dates from 891. From then on, the Castrum Ajatici was property of the powerful Pannocchieschi family of Elci. In 1139, Ranieri Pannocchieschi gave to the Bishop of Volterra, Adimaro Adimari, his property stretching to Lajatico and neighboring areas. In 1161, another part of Lajatico was given to the Bishop of Volterra, until Bishop Ildebrando Pannocchieschi, due to a Papal Bull of August 1186, took over the political jurisdiction.

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In 1202, Lajatico and part of Volterra came under the influence of Pisa until 1284, when Pisa was defeated by Genoa in the battle of Meloria. At the end of the hostilities, Lajatico came back to the Bishop of Volterra, who brought it, together with Orciatico, Pietracassia and other castles, under the jurisdiction of the city of Florence, which held it until the peace of Fucecchio, in 1293. Aside from 1362, when Florence occupied Lajatico for a short time, and kept it under the jurisdiction of Pisa until 1406, when Pietro Gaetani, a Pisan noble who decided to sell out his native land, and gave the castles of Lajatico, Orciatico and Pietracassia to the Florentines. In 1434, the Florentines demolished not only the walls of the town, but also the wall and towers of the surrounding villages to punish all their inhabitants for having decided to submit themselves to Niccolò Piccinino, who was on the Vicounts of Milan’s payroll. In 1664, the same castles with their territories were conceded as a marquisate to the Corsini until 1776, when Lajatico annexed the municipality.

We will be on the look-out for any new news. It’s entirely possible all plans have not been finalized. Patience is the key here.  We know that they are safe and sound at home and that’s what really matters for the moment.

******To repeat the warning from Marie’s last post, beware that you are not buying concert tickets from scalpers. I see most of the commenters here have been successful buying their tickets from the venues. Thanks for sharing your experiences everyone.

Love and Luck Guys, we can hardly wait to hear of your next great adventure!!

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Linda