It is Christmas day 2020 and the magnificent voices of Il Volo rise in Piazza PIO XII, in front of the splendor of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square.
Let’s enjoy this beautiful Christmas show.
What can I say . . . Epiphany is far away but three princes have arrived in Rome.
A riot of voices and elegance, Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio sang three great Christmas classics with ardor and skill.
Superb performance that warms our hearts so much in this difficult year.
Here are their words:
GIAN = Good evening, on this very special day, in which, even if we are close, we are forced to stay away, we wanted to find a way to wish you a Merry Christmas.
IGNA = We did it in the way that best represents us, with music, in this extraordinary square, where it seems to be surrounded by two welcoming arms.
PIERO = The hope is that Christmas with its magic can bring a smile to your homes and warm your hearts. For our part, we will dedicate to you, every note and every word, of this Holy night.
GIAN = Merry Christmas.
IGNA = Happy New Year
PIERO = Good Life, from Il Volo and RAI 1.
But now I want to reveal something about the background of this beautiful event.
The video, directed by RAI, was recorded in the late evening of December 19th.
The square has already been prepared since the evening of the 18th.
On the 19th at 8 pm, Piero Ignazio and Gianluca arrived. First they underwent the rehearsals and then the final recording which was broadcast by RAI 1, the Italian national channel.
It was really very cold and to do the recording we saw, the guys were in the cold from 8pm until midnight. The cold was bitter and you can tell from the photos of the rehearsal.
The event was attended too by a good photographer, Giorgio Algherini, who took magnificent photos documenting the event. His photos have been around the world, but it is worth thinking about seeing them again!
(Click on each photo below to view a larger version.)
And this short video of the rehearsal.
When I saw these photos, I immediately went to the Facebook page of the photographer Algherini and I immediately noticed his nice comment :
“Nothing to add, only esteem for these guys.”
At this point I wanted to know something more, I contacted him and asked him if he had already had the opportunity to personally know Il Volo, and here is what he replied:
“I was very impressed by the guys, very simple but very professional, I had already seen them at a Clerici program, fantastic, unfortunately I have never attended one of their concerts but I promise that I will go to the next one.”
So I complimented him on his photos and told him they would go around the world.
Perhaps he did not know the potential of Volofamily, in fact after a few days he published this thanks:
“A very special thank you as 2021 will be very special for all of you groups and private fans of IL VOLO that had shared my photos and the small clip around the world, even today a share has arrived from Japan that I thank even more, I knew that the three boys were famous, but not so in world-wide!
A hug, thanks again.”
Well, Giorgio Algherini, congratulations on your work and we look forward to seeing you at a concert and you will further realize the skill of Il Volo and the affection they enjoy from all over the world.
Naturally, the Italian newspapers also talked about the event and Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, each from their Facebook pages, have posted this message:
On the evening of December 25th on Rai1official, we will sing in Piazza Pio XII, three wonderful Christmas classics.
An idea born because the Christmas we will experience this year will inevitably be different and we wanted to find a way to wish everyone happy holidays.
The splendid square that will be the setting for our exhibition will make the atmosphere even more suggestive and enchanted and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Here are a few more moments of the rehearsals registered by Giorgio Griego.
and then again …
It was a really good moment, too bad it’s already over. After a long time, we enjoyed hearing their beautiful voices, especially at such a meaningful moment.
But how long will we still have to wait before we can still rejoice together during their beautiful concerts?
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca wanted to greet us with a comforting message, here it is.
GIAN= Hello friends from Verona.
IGNA = We should have seen each other in 2020, but we are ready to bring you a lot more music in 2021.
PIERO= See you soon: Happy Holidays.
Thanks to Il Volo for this beautiful Christmas gift.
As I have already said, three princes have arrived in Rome and have given us the gold of their voices.
And thanks also for the nice final message you gave us, I’ll be there at the Arena and with me many Volo-friends !!
See you soon ❤❤❤
“The day will come when in the inside pocket of a jacket, inside the inside pocket of a bag or in the glove compartment of the car we will find, forgotten, a crumpled old mask.
Looking at her we will rub it in our hands how to make sure that I really lived that long nightmare.
As we close our hands, crumple those distant memories, we will breathe deeply free to emphasize ourselves how beautiful life is.”❤️
Yes, after days of silence or old videos, finally, something new is happening.
There will be a nice surprise for Christmas day!
Piero has published this short video, which portrays him and Ignazio traveling, united, by train ……. destination ????
Immediately the fans began to investigate and among the various searches this news came out.
This news concerns the schedule of Rai 1’s Christmas day and if you read it carefully, you will see that at 08:30 pm (Italian time),there will be15 minutes of connection with Il Volo from Piazza S. Pietro in the Vatican-Rome.
So, Piero and Ignazio were probably traveling from Bologna to Rome to rehearse or record this beautiful event. Gianluca will come from a different and shorter road, but he will also be arriving.
What a nice surprise !!
In fact, the news was confirmed by this announcement of a Facebook page “TV Guide” which informs about upcoming television programs, and that I translate for you.
PREVIEW OF IL VOLO: AT CHRISTMAS IN THE VATICAN AND ON RAI UNO Among the many television presentations arriving in the coming days there is also the performance of Il Volo in St. Peter’s Square scheduled for the evening of 25 December. It will last a quarter of an hour and will be broadcast by Raiuno at 8.30 pm, immediately after Tg1 at 8 pm. Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone will wish us a Merry Christmas by singing the classics of the Holidays.
We will see our dear Gianluca, Ignazio andPiero on Christmas Day, from the beautiful Piazza S. Pietro.Despite the anti-Covid rules, it will be a nice event in a Christmas atmosphere different from other years, but no less meaningless.
Even if the Covid situation raises a lot of concern around the world, here in Italy the tension is a little relaxed, even if we are always subjected to very strict rules, in particular always mandatory masks and distancing. From day 13, only one region remained orange, which means medium risk and that is Abruzzo. For this reason, the Abruzzo Region has published this video of Gianluca with this appeal:
Here are the words of Gianluca:
Hi everyone, I’m Gianluca Ginoble from Il Volo.
We all have a great responsibility, which is to secure fragile people, the elderly, but also young people suffering from pathologies, who without knowing it, every day, come into contact with positive asymptomatic people.
You too can participate in the Abruzzo Region screening project, only in this way, by doing our part, will we be able to contain the virus.
We need each of us, and you too.
Christmas is approaching, so let’s listen to this beautiful concert done in Assisi in 2013.
And now let’s laugh a little with this short video that I saw on Katrina Angelus Facebook.
Well, despite all our serious thoughts due to the current situation, let’s try to see the light, at the end of this year to forget.
We remember the beautiful moments of love and collective union, hoping that soon they will not be just a good memory.
Ok, I just attended the performance of Il Volo in the program broadcast by RAI 1 of TUTTI A SCUOLA and I’m still on a cloud.
Thanks guys, it’s been so long that I haven’t heard that beautiful song from your voices anymore and I’m still excited ………. but let’s go in order.
This program is broadcast every year on the day of the opening of the schools, and is broadcast by RAI1.
Today, 14 September 2020, in Italy is the first day of school and this year is a very special opening, because the schools have been closed since early March.
So the message is really strong, it reopens, a thought to the future, with many problems in the present, still not fully overcome, but with a lot of confidence and emotion.
Furthermore, instead of making this connection from Rome, as every year, this year in compliance with the anti-Covid rules, the program is broadcast in Vo’ Euganeo, one of the countries most affected by the virus, a country that has a sad record in the number of deaths.
Many guests will participate in the event, in the presence of our President of the Republic: Sergio Mattarella and other constitutional offices.
Il Volo is the most awaited guest, who will conclude the event, before the speech of our President.
But here they are, always beautiful, elegant but with sneakers,IL VOLO.
Beautiful opening of their performance with the beautiful GRANDE AMORE, which we always listen with pleasure.
I translate for you the speech after Grande Amore.
Man = Good, good, good, very good!
Women = Mamma mia, what a thrill.
G + I + P = Thank you, thank you all.
Man = And then, finally seeing you again on stage, being able to listen to you and admire and enjoy your talent, after very complicated months.
We talked to each other on the computer, via Skype during Eurovision (this year he presented Eurovision Italia) and we had said to ourselves: sooner or later it will start again…..
Piero = Today is a special day, a day of hope. We are delighted to be present at this fantastic event and we send a big hug to all the kids who are back at school today. Study is the most important thing.
Man = Perfect! Guys, by the way, what kind of relationship did you have with school?
Ignazio = It’s really exciting to be here after the lockdown …..
Man = Ah, you avoid the question??
Ignazio = No, why did you understand?? (laughter)
Seriously, we are happy to be here.
Before, a very painful point was touched (bullying) that I experienced too, so I understand and I am very close…….
Man = Are you talking about difficulties at school?
Ignazio = No, I’m talking about cyberbullying in general.
Social media is a serious thing, we often use them, just to play, to have fun, but they are a very serious thing. Social networks give everyone a voice, but not everyone has the intelligence to know how to use them in the right way.
So we are very close to all the guys who need support, we are helping a lot of people, and we are also creating a Foundation for that.
Woman = Beautiful.
Ignazio = Yes, because in 2020 we are far ahead, but also far behind in the way we behave.
Woman = We hope that the school also does a good job, teaching these kids to use social media well.
Man = The real revolution starts from school, education. A teacher, a pupil, a notebook, a pen, and you can begin, not only to dream, but to change the world.
Thanks guys for the introduction to this beautiful speech, which has not been prepared, I am truly amazed.
Ignazio = You were talking about this speech before and it is something that touches us a lot.
Gianluca = Also because, dedicating ourselves to culture, to study, not only makes us educated people, it also helps us to look at the world with other eyes, to the point of making us better people, with a pinch of empathy, of sensitivity, this can happen. So we renew our “good luck” to all students and also to children.
Man = “Better and free people,” said Gianni Rodari (Italian writer). “Study if you want to be free.”
But you have a gift, a little for us, but above all for our extraordinary President.
You explain it yourself.
Piero = Today we have decided to pay homage to the Italian column of music in the world, the maestro Ennio Morricone. (applause)
Man = About the music of “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Malena”, right?
Piero = Exactly, a piece entitled E PIÙ TI PENSO.
Man = Great names like Renis, Mogol participated in this song. And you sing.
Gianluca = We always remember this song with great affection, because we were just over 15 years old, when we had the honor of singing and performing with the great maestro Ennio Morricone.
Man = You speak like a 90-year-old….. and you already have a 10-year career ….. you started at 8 …. (laughter), you are still very young: Il Volo !!
Il Volo sings E PIÙ TI PENSO.
Man = I’m speechless, really, and then live, from a few meters …
Gianluca = Really Thanks, we also want to thank the maestro Leonardo De Amicis (he directed the guys at Ti Lascio Una Canzone) and all the musicians of the orchestra, who are all boys, just like us. Thank you.
Man = Anyway you joke, but talent, only by studying, studying, can reach certain levels. Thanks, good job and good flight, infinite flight.
I + P + G = Thank you
Man = Hurray for Il Volo, who greets our President, I recommend you distance and mask.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca go down to greet the President, wearing the mask first.
The guys get a personal applause from our President, standing in front of them.
But let me spend a few words on the superb interpretation they gave of E PIÙ TI PENSO!
How long have we not heard this song sung by Il Volo.
I would like to clarify that Tony Renis wrote the words on this beautiful music by Maestro Morricone, with the aim that it would be sung by Il Volo, then almost unknown kids in Italy.
Since then it has only been sung a few times by them.
On this occasion, they surpassed themselves, with an interpretation full of emotion, a unique sweetness and harmony, which only Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero can produce.
As the presenter said, talent yes, but also a lot of study to achieve this.
Again, I am very proud of them.
After the performance of Il Volo, there was the speech of our President of the Republic. A very long speech but with very beautiful pieces that I translate for you.
“Today is an important day. The inauguration of the school year, never, as on this occasion, has the value and significance of a restart, for the whole of society.
The children feel it, the adults understand it, and also the institutions. We are facing a decisive challenge. Starting over from Vo’ Euganeo gives even more the sense of how this challenge affects the whole country. Just as here in Vo’, after the anguish and closures, life has resumed at full speed, so the reopening of the schools expresses the full recovery of the life of Italy.”……
“As we prepare for tomorrow, we feel the need to remember those affected by the disease, the many broken lives, and the pain suffered by many. We will not forget, and we will try to learn from the exceptional and dramatic events that have affected all continents and that still keep us busy, requiring responsibility and prudence.”…….
“The precautionary measures have become a test that the Italian people have been able to face, as in other difficult moments in its history.
The school also serves this purpose, to train aware citizens, to defeat ignorance with knowledge, to curb fears with culture, to share responsibilities.
The school, the culture, the continuous confrontation, are also antidotes to the virus of violence and intolerance, which can also infect the community, if attention is reduced.”…..
Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy
Beautiful words from our President, but also the words spoken by our boys, unprepared speeches, which make me even more proud of them, are beautiful and appropriate.
Ignazio said they are preparing a Foundation to help the children.
What wonderful people.
I love them.
Let’s watch the video of E PIÙ TI PENSO, sung years ago by three little friends, emerging artists: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca: IL VOLO. ❤️❤️❤️
On June 5 and 6, the WIND MUSIC AWARDS took place in Italy. This event awards Italian artists who have had the best sales during the year and also the largest number of people attending the concerts, the so-called “live” prize.
IL VOLO was expected in the second evening. The event was recorded and will be broadcast by RAI 1 on June 12 .
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca received the “live platinum” award for a presence in the Italian concerts of over 100 thousand people.
The guys arrived in Verona in the afternoon to take part in the rehearsals, here is the video of their arrival.
We did not know what song they would sing, usually there is only one song, and I sincerely hoped it would be “Noche sin dia,” because the Arena was full of very young people, also what better stage to present the new single?
Evidently, the refusal to listen to the single in Italy, was observed and so, the choice went to a mix between “L’Amore si muove and Grande Amore”.
They are two beautiful songs and, even if it’s just a video recorded from the top of the Arena, it’s great to see the total ensemble and to let you listen to how the audience sings with the guys “Grande Amore.”
In addition to the compliments, the guys were asked what programs they have for the future and Gianluca has confirmed that there will be BIG SURPRISES.
Of course, hearing all the people singing along with the boys makes me shiver …..
Here are two other videos taken by the public.
And here’s a special photo. The boys are in the company of Federica Andreoli, and Francesca Loy respectively they are the producer and actress of the film Un Amore Così Grande.
More photos of the evening.
Good as always, the guys deserve all these prizes.