It all started in July, while IL VOLO was in Taormina for the Notte Magica 2018 concert.
Salvo La Rosa, is a great friend and admirer of the boys, who has always supported and presented them, on various occasions in Sicily.
“In July, in front of a granita (al Bambar) I invited Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca to the GDS SHOW on September 15th in Taormina.
With generosity, IL VOLO, will participate in this magical evening.
The proceeds will be donated to charity.”
Then, even our friend Dave Monaco, (remember, the first singer taken under the new label of Torpedine and IL VOLO), lets us know that he will be present at the evening, with this message:
“Good morning friends, I am glad to tell you that I will be taking part in the GDS Show! It will be a great honor to share the stage with many artists and my friends of Il Volo, thank you very much to Salvo La Rosa for the invitation!
The entire proceeds of the evening will be donated to charity associations, so in addition to enjoying a great show, your participation will be a work of good.
I wait for you!”
The boys have returned to Taormina (I think with great pleasure). Here they are during the rehearsals of the show, together with the presenter of the evening, Salvo La Rosa.
Missing Piero, ultimately skipped the rehearsals, the scoundrel!
Piero has arrived!!
Here we are at the evening, the show started, in the splendid setting of the Greek Theater.
Thanks to our Deborah Georgini Beaupre, we have some very beautiful photos and videos.
Good thing that Deborah was able, at the last moment to find a ticket for the show.
The guys sang three songs: they started with L’AMORE SI MUOVE.
During the presentation, Salvo la Rosa, says that when the boys were in Taormina in July, he joined them and asked them if they would participate in the show and they immediately said yes!
Immediately after, they sang the splendid CARUSO.
In the interview after the songs, Salvo la Rosa asks the boys if they have a particular memory to tell. In fact, he himself, remembers when there was the first Italian concert, after the great success they had abroad and their first Italian concert was held here in Taormina.
Piero says it was frustrating for them, to be so successful abroad and not to sing in their country.
Salvo La Rosa remembers having hosted in one of his programs the guys from IL VOLO who said “We want to sing at home”.
Ignazio intervenes to point out joking, that they sing at home in the shower, but they wanted to sing in Italy.
Salvo goes on to say that Taormina has brought them luck.
Gianluca continues by saying that Taormina is now a fixed stop.
Piero adds that there are many friends, that Gianluca is Sicilian by adoption, that Ignazio taught Gianluca to speak Sicilian.
Gianluca pronounces two or three words in Sicilian and everyone laughs.
Salvo asks them for what they are preparing. Piero answers that they are working on a new album, because next year will be 10 years of their career.
Salvo says they were children, but success has been steady and growing.
Gianluca says that there is still a lot that they have to show and that they will be ready to surprise the public and their fans who have been following them for many years.
Salvo says that every time they post a photo of the guys or a video of them on social media it’s a success. He says that in an evening where love is celebrated, you stay and sing your GRANDE AMORE.
The beautiful GRANDE AMORE begins and as usual the audience sings with them.
This show has been recorded and will be streamed on September 27th at 9:30 pm Italian time at this link: www.gds.it, so those of you want to see, connect.
Some photos from Deborah:
But the most beautiful pictures Deborah made them in the afternoon, naturally in front of the Bambar.
Two out of three, Deborah, I think you can be satisfied, you also attended the show, we say you were in the right place at the right time. I’m very happy for you!!!
What a thrill, and then, as usual, Taormina offers a magnificent scenery, and the guys feel they are “at home”, so many people were there for them, and the guys, as usual, did not betray their fans’ expectations.
Thank you guys!!
Credit to owners of photos and also credit to Deborah for her photos and videos.
“MUSIC IS LIKE LIFE, IT CAN BE DONE IN ONE WAY, TOGETHER.”
Music makes you happy.
It brings emotions to you and makes every person feel part of something bigger, like a symphony.
After announcing it a long time ago, and after a long wait, on September 12th the premiere of the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE was held in Rome. The film will be in Italian cinemas from 20 September.
At the premiere were the producers director and actors. IL VOLO was represented by Michele Torpedine.
Here is an article dedicated to the film which I will summarize for you.
Once upon a time there were the musical films, the director De Mattheis signs with UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, a lyrical music film.
The story revolves around Vladimir, called Vlad, a young talent of opera singing, who at the death of his mother, a former soprano with whom he lived in St. Petersburg, came to Verona to look for his father, who had abandoned them when he was a child. To support himself, Vlad starts performing as a street singer. That’s how he meets the high-bourgeois Veronica with whom he is immediately struck by lightning.
In the meantime, by chance, the director of IL VOLO hears him singing and offers him a great opportunity. Life for Vladimir seems at a turning point, but many traumas and twists still await him …..
Michele Calì is the producer of the film to explain how their involvement was born: “We started from the love story, but we needed a link to reach the public, especially the younger one.
It was natural to turn to Il Volo, which only in Italy has a huge following, the ‘volovers’ are more than 400 thousand. We have made them an integral part of the story, and they have become an added value to the film.
De Mattheis loved the possibility of telling the simplicity of a love story that recalled those of opera.
How was it to work with Il Volo? “We thought to transmit mainly what they are in life, here they represent the ‘mentors’ of the hero, simply being themselves.”
Federica Andreoli, the producer of the film, wrote these words:
“A big thank you goes to all the Volovers and Il Volo fans, for the help they are giving me in these weeks to promote UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE … Thank you for what you are doing and for the love and interest you are showing for this movie. I will never cease to thank all the Il Volo fans enough for their precious collaboration …. you are fantastic.”
And here are some photos taken from the film and backstage moments:
Francesca Loy is VERONICA
Francesca Loy and Giuseppe Maggio: VERONICA and VLADIMIR
Here is an article from the premiere entitled UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, crowd at the Adriano (the cinema) IL VOLO and the debut on the big screen.
The day after the premiere, a clip from the film was also broadcast on the RAI2 news program.
At the beginning of the month of August, this release appeared on the facebook page of IL VOLO:
We learn from the production of UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE and as disclosed by some media that the film will be screened in cinemas from next September this year and soon in the Mediaset channels. We take this opportunity to congratulate the producer Michele Calì, the director De Mattheis and the good actors with whom we had the pleasure of working on the set for our brief participation in the story of the story. On this occasion we think it is right to point out that our presence in the script is reduced only to a couple of scenes not to create false expectations from the public or incorrect communications that could confuse us with the real protagonists of the film that instead used to this role of other characters, professional actors.
We therefore thank the production for giving us the opportunity to perform in this musical “cameo” and wish everyone a well deserved success.
After this release, I immediately thought that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, would not have been at the premiere, and in fact, the boys, last night were not there, but, they have entrusted to three short videos projected before the film, their best wishes.
Here they are.
P= Best wishes to the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, unfortunately for appointments previously fixed, we will not be there with you.
We wanted to thank you for this wonderful adventure, experience, and I wanted to give you a big “good luck”, see you soon.
G= Hello everyone, I want to make a big “good luck” to the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, and thank everyone, starting from directing, producers and actors, who have given us the opportunity to be part of this beautiful project.
See you soon, a hug.
I= Hello to all the friends of UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, we regret not being part of the premiere of the film, it was a wonderful experience, I know that I will become a great actor one day ….. I joke.
A big hug to everyone and a “good luck”, bye.
But at the premiere, and on the red carpet, who was there of our knowledge:
But they are our dear MAURA PUCCI and PATRIZIA CIAVA, congratulations volovers, you are our nice and beautiful representatives!!
And here’s what Maura wrote in the aftermath of the premiere !!
Notice to “sailors”, in particular those interested in IL VOLO. I saw the movie UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE and doing a review is not my job. But I can tell you that it is a love story with a happy ending, like those of other times: without violence, without sex and without vulgarity, but with lots of music and breathtaking images of the beautiful Verona.
I’m here to talk about the participation of our guys and I do not do it at the request of production, for which this “sorti” will be a, I hope, pleasant surprise, nor to win the benevolence, which I presume that I do not need it, nor for gratitude for consideration in my regard. I do it for you. Do not be fooled by the clip of a few seconds that Federica Andreoli wanted to give us as an anticipation. Neither from the announcement of the site of Il Volo, aimed at minimizing their stage presence. Cameo? …. Not even for idea, it is not a cameo. According to the definition of the term. It is instead a scenic presence, remarkable and substantial. We see them and hear them sing in a dimension never seen, thanks to the huge screen, It seems to be able to touch them, other than front row seats in the concerts, other than screens at the sides of the stage! And in the same way we see them and hear them recite, absolute novelty, spontaneous, natural, credible. It seemed to me to identify in their parts a different vein, certainly established by the script. Piero always serious, Ignazio a bit ‘serious and somewhat’ playful , and Gian a bit ‘serious and a bit’ angry. If I think that the “hunger” that we have of them leads us to watch any broadcast even squalid and ridiculous that you talk about it or show us, then for intellectual honesty, I have to tell you: go and see this film which is for all just what it takes: a breath of oxygen! (quote “Ricomincio dalle tre” by Michele Torpedine 😁😁)
And Michele Torpedine answered her like this:
Mick Torp = A spokesperson like you in politics … you would have won anyone!
I do not know about you, but all these innovations, especially what Maura wrote, made me want to see this film, certainly for me the wait will not be long, the next week will be in many Italian cinemas, but I think the wait for you will be longer.
Meanwhile, we are waiting for a complete and professional review that surely Patrizia will do for all of us ….. do not make us wait too much Patrizia !!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
A few days ago, during the presence at the Festival Show in Trieste, the boys took a picture, while they were holding a t-shirt with messages written against those who drive and use the phone.
Perhaps some of you have not paid particular attention to this picture, which I now propose to you.
The GUIDE E BASTA advertising campaign is promoted in Italy in order to sensitize drivers, especially young people, to the use and abuse and risks of using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle.
Using a mobile phone while driving is one of the main causes of serious car accidents.
It is enough to look away even a moment from the road to lose control of the vehicle and cause a car accident with unimaginable consequences.
For this reason, the boys have lent their image, in this picture above.
They also shot this video.
I = Hi guys, we are IL VOLO, everyone’s life is very important, so …..
P = ….. of course we are so much in the car, so when we want to stay on the phone, let’s let someone else drive ….
G = …… then guide and stop mobile
I find it extremely positive that the boys, lend their image to messages of this kind.
In addition, they often adhere to events with a charitable purpose, such as the concert in which they will participate in a few days.
Good guys, come on like this, I’m proud of you.
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
Saturday, August 25, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, were guests in Puglia, at the NOTTE DELLA TARANTA.
It is a popular Apulian festival where, during the evening, typical Apulian songs are played and popular dances are performed like the PIZZICA.
It is a party that has a lot of involvement by the public, there were 150,000 people dancing and singing in a festive atmosphere.
The guys of IL VOLO were guests in the backstage, but did not perform, They attended the popular festival and gave interviews, like this one, I translate for you.
P = We were really curious to see this event, and test the air, to be able, perhaps, to come next year, who knows.
G = Yes, absolutely beautiful to see this culture, which is not only famous in Italy, but all over the world. When you start dancing, this rhythm gets inside you, it’s nice, we’ll have fun tonight.
Journalist asks Ignazio = Do you already have any idea how you could adapt your voice to a Pizzica rhythm?
I = Actually no, but we can always work on it. It’s nice to see how this event is focused on folk songs and dances and how much tradition brings everyone into such a big event, so why not participate too? Next year or, in two years, we too might participate. It would be a great pleasure.
Journalist = Is there an evening, especially in the past years you know, or have you seen this event?
P = We must be sincere, NO. But we have always heard of the NOTTE DELLA TARANTA and this year, being free from engagements in these days, we decided to come and spend a couple of days in this magnificent land that lately is visited and loved by tourists from around the world. And it is a pleasure for us to be here.
As Ignazio said, on how to adapt our musical genre at this rate, we are a little unprepared, but our thinking is that the music has no barriers, and we never say, “This cannot be done.” But we say, “ Let’s try and then, let’s see what happens.”
Journalist = But will you come to this event, as a guest, or as a concert teacher?
P + I + G = (laugh) As guests, we do not think like teachers.
G = We cannot promise our presence, next year, of course, we would like it very much, but many things happen in a year, this year we came, we ca not wait to have fun, and why not, the next year we might participate.
P = The power of music is this, to see thousands of people united to dance LA PIZZICA.
Journalist = You are used to a large audience.
P = It is never enough.
Journalist = Do you know a Salento song and can you sing it?
G = Do you see how you put us in difficulty? You did it on purpose (everyone laughs, then Gianluca intones a typical Milanese song ….. ha ha ha …… final laughter.)
I = Thanks a lot to everyone, see you next year.
International guest of the NOTTE DELLA TARANTA the singer LP, the American singer-songwriter of Italian origin, her name is, Laura Pergolizzi, she sang her most famous song “LOST ON YOU” to which she gave a rhythm to Pizzica, then she sang too a song in Italian.
Here is LP in two photos with IL VOLO.
The boys of IL VOLO on their arrival at the party were recognized and very welcome.
Here are some shots with people and their arrival.
Also this time the guys were very appreciated.
What do you think of this new adventure?
Would you see IL VOLO to sing to the rhythm of the Pizzica?
Did you know this popular festival in Puglia before?
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
Updates on our boys.
He obtained his superior diploma.
Here he is photographed with his teachers who have written really nice words about our dear Piero.
As many as 32 students have reached matriculation at our Institute this year.
Among them, also Piero Barone, tenor of the trio of “Il Volo”, who showed his brilliant preparation, supported by a fine and lively intelligence, combined with a spontaneous and enviable simplicity.
Already a student of our Institute, Piero had to abandon his studies to devote himself to the preparation in the singing art that led him to deserved international successes, which did not upset his character honesty and sincerity of mind.
Both the students and the commissioners were happy, as well as proud, to have carried out the operations of the state exams together with the famous young tenor Narese (from Naro).
Congratulations Piero, we had no doubt . . . but to see you so happy and to read these beautiful words about you, makes us especially happy!
Piero can now relax happily at the sea and in his Naro . . . and indeed, here, at Naro, he met the beautiful American ladies who are doing the tour of Sicily.
Piero was photographed by the good Suzana Gutierrez of AAIV.
But who do I see in the front row ????
Our ROSE MARIE PALIOBEIS, wow wow ….. how wonderful, a coffee with the company of Piero! We envy you a lot, Rose, no indeed, we are very happy for you!!
Even our Gianluca got a good result, his driving license.
He bought a small Smart Cabrio car, now he can reach the beach of Roseto, whenever he wants. Surely, will be very happy with this result, even Mr. Ercole!!
And here is Gianluca, happy driving his car.
Always very nice, our Gianluca !!
Congratulations Gianluca, you too have reached a good goal, your longed-for driving license.
As usual, of Piero and Gianluca everything is discovered, while instead, Ignazio leaves no trace of himself.
In this photo, this girl met him while he was taking a flight (nice pun), but where was he going?
Surely in his beautiful Sicily.
But when he arrives in Sicily, Ignazio becomes invisible.
This video, posted by him, makes us understand that he is in Favignana, the beautiful island in front of the coast between Trapani and Marsala.
Certainly he went to relax, in complete tranquility, before facing the concerts.
Let’s imagine it like this, just like when he was in Lampedusa, only on the rocks looking at the sea.
Ok Ignazio, we respect your privacy, but sometimes show where you are, otherwise we are worried about you.
Ok, guys, holidays is enough, it’s time for concerts, it’s better if you come back to start the rehearsals.
And here is Ignazio and Piero on the streets of Bologna.
See you soon guys! 🙂
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
Finally there is news on the film UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE, where Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca also act!
Federica Andreoli, producer of the film, has sent this new, beautiful video, which I’m going to translate for you.
He also said that the film will be released by MEDUSA and will be in cinemas from September.
I asked Federica Andreoli, if it will also be distributed in America and she immediately replied that it could be distributed there too, we cross our fingers.
Here is the video and the translation.
C.De Mattheis (director): The story of the film is the story of Valdimir, a 25-year-old boy, a boy like many, is Italian but who has lived in Russia and arrives in Italy in search of his father.
Di Maggio (actor): In the film I play Vladimir, who is a boy who lived in St. Petersburg, with a mother who has always taken care of him, and who in the past was a great lyric singer. He has has lived with a great soprano and therefore, inevitably, there was this massive presence of music in Vladimir since he was born.
F.Andreoli M.Calì (producer): We can say that we were the first to give the first film CIAK to the guys from IL VOLO. They had never acted in a film. We are satisfied with how they worked, we were fine, they had a great time with us and we are happy with this.
Di Maggio (actor): As for the boys of IL VOLO, I had a great prejudice at the beginning, because they are international stars, and I thought they would behave like a star. In reality it was not like that, in the sense that they are very nice and very available guys, and they are busy doing this job. They interpret themselves, but their characters, give to these stars, these VIPs, a great humanity, in the end they are boys and this is evident in the film, and it is very nice.
C.De Mattheis (director): The choice to make this film is certainly due to the fact that in this film, for the first time in my career, I have the opportunity to talk about my great passion, the Opera.
Di Maggio (actor): I had great difficulty, at the beginning, above all, because I inevitably had to take singing lessons, and a very technical lyric song. We sang extremely difficult arias, and we had to concentrate on this and also Russian lessons, because the scenes acted in Russia are acted in Russian, with Russian actors.
I personally have a great desire to see this film and also to see how Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca work in the role of actors . . . and you?
I will keep you informed about the development.
Credit to owners of all photos and video.