Notte Magica – Moscow! June 18, 2017

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We just learned that Spain has been cancelled.  We are very saddened by this as I heard their last 2 Ukraine concerts were cancelled as well.  Enjoy Moscow!

To paraphrase James Bond…. “To Russia, with love… from Il Volo!”  Did you know that according to some trivia, Italians refer to James Bond’s character as “kiss, kiss, bang, bang!” ?  Tonight, Il Volo did not need any guns to keep a captive audience; their mere presence alone was enough to stun and hypnotize their fans.  From beginning to end, they kept you on the edge of your seat with one amazing feat of song after another.  They dazzled with death-defying high notes, to spine-tingling low notes, and arias!  Always amazing; always getting their man (or woman), to experience new heights, never before seen or heard.  Giving us chills and thrills as only they can do!  Their voices lifting you to the highest mountain-tops, to the depths of the deepest oceans.  From Crocus City Hall, here is,

Il Volo!

(with a little help from the voice of God!)  🙂

with a little bonus, they speak in English!

(how many hands does it take to carry all the flowers?)

Link to the entire concert, thank you Daniela for finding this!  Thank you author, Olga Anacheeko (sorry, not sure of last name…)  for posting!  🙂


Many lucky fans ran into them in the streets from Red Square to the many pictures taken in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral below…

igna fansall st basilsbarbara st basilsgian red sqpiero michelewith the fans

And some pictures from the concert…. thank you to Lisa Joy and those persons that she shared the posts from for all pictures above and below!

trio moscowignadolls of themgrazie moscowThank you, Moscow!

The happy meet and greeters!




Un Amore Cosi Grande

Daniela sent us this wonderful sneak preview of the movie the guys have been working on.

By now we all know that ILVOLO will take part in a movie entitled UN AMORE COSI GRANDE, which will be released in 2018.

This article was published a few weeks ago, that speaks of the plot of the film.

From the giornal THE ARENA


The protagonist is Vladimir, a young Russian who lives with expedients to keep himself and the mother who has been a great soprano.

His mother convinces him to go to Verona in search of his father.

In Verona Vladimir performs his singing talent and conquers young Veronica and attracts the attention of ILVOLO manager who is looking for a debutant to launch in the trio concerts.

Of course the story will be much woven, and will be shot in St. Petersburg.


The guys with Vladimir’s mother


Gianluca and the actress who interprets Veronica.


Vladimir e Veronica


Un Amore Cosi Grande, is a film that wants to relaunch the lyrics to bring young people closer to this world up to now unknown.

Tell precisely of the “grande amore” of the protagonist for the work but also for his mother and his girlfriend.

The music of the movie will be drawn from the operas as well as some songs IL VOLO.
On the set, between a slate and the other, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, gave some explanation about their role “Recite next to professionals, but in a role that favors us because we remain Il Volo, essentially doing what is better: singing”.

Behind the shots appear at ease. “The lights we are accustomed,” say in choir boys de Flight, those of the stage of the Arena then know them very well, in fact you have organized various concerts, the last last 19 and 20 May.


Thank you, Daniela!  




Il Volo Professional ~~ Il Volo in Concert European Tour 2016: Krasnodar



One last stop before going to Germany: Krasnodar

~~ Kelly



Il Volo New CD

Il Volo New CD


My Way

lo che non vivo

Photos: Russian Tour Krasnodor June 12 ~~ Rock me Il Volo Facebook


Unchained Melody

Beautiful that way

O sole mio


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E lucevan le stele

Il Mondo

Il Volo Professional ~~ Il Volo in Concert European Tour 2016: St. Petersburg



Hello, hello!

Il Volo is in Russia, where the fans are just as excited to see them.  First show: St. Petersburg.

~~ Kelly




Il Volo New CD

Il Volo New CD



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Photos: Il Volo – European Tour 2016 / San Pietroburgo ~~ Il Volo – Italian Fan Club Facebook




Io Che Non Vivo/Tonight/Aranjuez/Lucevan Le Stelle/Piove(talking)

L’amore Si Muove


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Photos: Russian Tour 2016 St Petersburg June 07 ~~ Rock me Il Volo Facebook





Ignazio humorous skit

O sole mio

Grande Amore


More videos from St. Petersburg HERE.

Myron’s Music Notes

for Myrons article 3

What would a music event be without Myron’s take on it?  So here’s…

Myron’s look at Eurovision 2015

I come at this from the background of vocal-choral teacher / conductor and voice coach. I say this so that you know what I use as the foundation of any judging I do on music / singing performances. When I am hired to judge a music contest, these are some of the questions I ask while I am writing comments:

– most important is melody. Is it soaring or is it trite. Second by harmony and the way it is orchestrated. Then comes text – is there strong poetry at the heart of the song. Does it inspire passion.

Is this pure singing?
good vowels that result in beautiful singing tone supported by good breath support. Also, is some fake, artificial effect being used such as excessive reverb, artificial pitch adjustments via computer, voice distortion, etc. In good contests Auto-tune is illegal.

Does the singing convey passion and heart-felt emotion direct to the audience?

Singers formal training.
Were private voice lessons involved in preparation? Is a professional voice coach in use? You don’t have brain surgery done by person who did not even go to medical school. Also, if you are serious about your art and craft, you don’t enter a quality music contest as a singer unless you have been trained by a degreed voice teacher and do use a professional voice coach.

Staging – that is simple, direct and to the point minus the useless gimmicks and distractions.
Usually these distractions are used as a cover-up for bad singing practices.

Presentation – do the singers draw us (the audience) in by their own means or do they depend on other kinds of help? Do they even look like they want to be there?

However, here’s the big question: is this the way the contest is being judged? For Eurovision 2015 the answer is mixed. Some of the actual judges have that background and used it in their evaluations. Others did not. Plus we must remember that fans from the various countries could vote as well so that blows the scheme out of the water completely. Do they each know quality singing when they hear and see it? Having been in this business for a number of years I know (and you do to) that sometimes the wild staging, or background animation or the costumes or the way the hair is done or other aspects can sway the thinking. In which case they are likely to miss the true quality (or lack there of) in the performance.

I was struck by the fact that over forty countries were there and each has its own language. However, most of them chose to sing in English – not their native language. Only a few countries sang in their own language. Gee, I wonder who one of those acts might be? Hmm ? Oh, that’s right Italy’s Il Volo that sang in their native language.. Don’t get me wrong I see no problem with acts singing in English. It is the international language, but I do think it is kind of nice when the act is proud of its own heritage. Besides, we all know that Il Volo can sing in English anytime they want !

After all is said and done there really was no logical way to predict this contest. There were a lot of different types of music presented. A lot of songs sounded as if they came from Texas and added a certain amount of rock to the pattern. The winner from Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw, sang a song that could have been derived from the USA and had a certain “country” flair to it as did his English pronunciation. Is that a bad thing? No. Just a notation. Polina Gagarina from Russia was second place and she sings with a more folk-song like style and voice. Her English shows just a little bit of Russian accent to it. Again, just a notation.

Comparing all the styles of these 40 countries is not like apples and oranges but more like apples and roast beef – in other words quite a stretch. The above mentioned “country- style” vrs our Il Volo ‘s Bel Canto . It is very difficult to compare that.

So to conclude, I will go back and use my usual format for singing contests. The same questions like which acts have the formal singing lessons background; uses a voice coach in their work; has wonderful, well-written repertoire that showed off amazing and passionate poetry; made a beautiful presentation that did not depend on staging “gimmicks” but rather connected their gorgeous voices direct to our heart and soul. Some of the acts had some of those qualifications but which acts had all of those qualifications? I am guessing that all of you on the Flight Crew site have reached the answer already before I did. Hmm — now let me think about it – – I need time – – which acts ? Oh, this is a hard one. Hmm – – Oh, I think I finally got it. Surprise ! You will never guess ! It’s IL VOLO !

Am I saying that Eurovision got it wrong? It really depends upon the approach you use to judge.

Congrats ! To Sweden and Russia but special congrats to Il Volo for sticking to their guns and presenting pure quality singing. Our guys took the high road. Bravo !


Piero, “#tomorrowRussia”

Earlier today Piero tweeted, “#tomorrowRussia”.  Russian Il Volo fans must be ecstatic, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will soon be there!

We all know the guys will be in Moscow to perform in Toto Cutugno’s concert, yet I know very little about him.  I am happy to say that Maria Pia does, and she has taken the time to share her thoughts with us.

Maria Pia, “I’ve read that our guys will perform in Moscow as guests in the Toto Cutugno concert and I would like to give you some information on him.  He’s a famous singer and composer (he’s written songs for international stars including Ray Charles) not only in Italy but throughout Europe, especially in the Eastern European countries. I’ve been several times and for several months in Yugoslavia and there everyone was singing his songs in Italian and considering him as an idol. Also, he is a very handsome man. I hope that the show with Toto Cutugno will open to “our idols” even this market which is truly boundless.”    Maria Pia, we value your perspective.  Thank you so much!   Michele


Toto Cutugno

Photo from Bing Images:

Mini Bio “Toto Cutugno was born on July 7, 1943 in Fosdinovo, Tuscany, Italy as Salvatore Cutugno. He has been married to Carla since 1971. They have one child.”

Trivia “His most successful songs include “Solo noi” (1980, lit. for “Only Us”), “L’Italiano” (1983, “The Italian”), “Serenata” (1984, “Serenade”), “Insieme: 1992” (1990, “Together: 1992”) and “Gli amori” together with Ray Charles (1990, “Good Love Gone Bad” in the English version).”
Credit IMBd:

About Toto Cutugno

“The Italian winner of the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, Toto Cutugno was born Salvatore Cutugno on July 7, 1943, in the northern Tescan town of Fosdinovo. A drummer as a youth, he turned to songwriting in the early ’70s, and went on to compose hits for such European stars as Joe Dassin, Mireille Mathieu, Dalida, Johnny Halliday, Michel Sardou, Claude François and Gigliola Cinquetti. He also performed his material with his own band Albatross and, in 1976, the band released its self-titled debut album.

That same year, Albatross (performing the song “L’Albatross”) placed third at the San Remo Music Festival. They were back again in 1977, performing “Gran Premio,” since when Cutugno has visited the event on no less than a dozen further occasions. A solo artist now, he claimed victory just once, in 1980 with “Solo Noi” (“Only Us”). However, he would place second in 1984 with “Serenata” (“Serenade”), in 1987 with “Figli” (“Sons”), in 1988 with “Emozioni” (“Emotions”), and in 1989 with “Le Mamme” (“The Mothers”). A prolific recording artist throughout the ’80s, his album releases included 1980s solo debut Voglio l’Anima and Innamorata, Innamorato, Innamorati, 1981’s La Mia Musica, L’Italiano in 1983, and Mediterraneo and Cofanetto in 1987.

1990 saw Cutugno return to the San Remo event, performing alongside Ray Charles. Cutugno’s “Gli Amori” (recorded by Charles as “Good Love Gone Bad”) finished runner-up once again, but a greater triumph was just around the corner, as Cutugno’s “Insieme 1992” (“Together 1992”), a song celebrating the upcoming unification of Europe’s EEC membership, won the Eurovision Song Contest. His next album, Insieme, understandably remains Cutugno’s best known. His output slowed during the ’90s and beyond. 1992’s Non E Facile Essere Uomini was followed by Canzoni Nacoste (1997), Il Treno Va (2002) and Cantando (2004). 2005, however, saw Cutugno return to the spotlight when he joined singer Annalisa Minetti to perform “Come Noi Nessuno Al Mondo,” the title track from his latest album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pairing finished second once again.”

Credit MTV:

Additional Information

– Toto Cutugno Facebook

– Toto Cutugno, Artist Biography by Dave Thompson

– Toto Cutugno  Biography  IMDb



Have a great time guys!



Concert Announcement from Inter Media News Russia 3/28/2014

Bing translation of announcement below:
“Toto cutugno will conduct rehearsal with Orchestra”

“Open Rehearsal anniversary concert will take place on March 31, 2014 year toto Cutugno in the Club «Megapolis». A day later, the Italian artist to speak at Crocus City Hall.

The rehearsal will be attended by a large Symphony Orchestra under Al′terizio Paoletti, Italian Il Volo vocal trio and Toto.

During the rehearsal photo and video shooting will be allowed. At the end of the rehearsal, journalists will be able to get
comments from stakeholders, including the Cutugno.

Beginning at 18.00.
Information and registration at the phone: 8-903-9640-755 (Elena Beduš).”


Original Announcement from Inter Media News Russia
“Тото Кутуньо проведёт репетицию с оркестром
28.03.2014 14:26  Раздел: Музыка  Рубрика: Анонсы

Открытая репетиция юбилейного концерта Тото Кутуньо состоится 31 марта 2014 года в клубе «Мегаполис». Напомним, что днём позже итальянский исполнитель выступить в Crocus City Hall.

В репетиции примут участие большой симфонический оркестр под управлением Альтеризио Паолетти, итальянское вокальное трио Il Volo и сам Тото.

Во время репетиции будет разрешена фото и видеосъемка. По окончании репетиции журналисты смогут получить
комментарии у участников процесса, в том числе – у самого Кутуньо.

Начало в 18.00.

Справки и аккредитация по тел.: 8-903-755-9640 (Елена Бедуш).”
Credit Inter Media News Russia:




icon questHi Everyone,


The time is getting short till the Concerts begin!  The “Guys” are leaving for Russia this week, according to Gianluca’s tweet. I’m sure they’ll be safe in Moscow. The Crimea is a long distance away and I’m sure they’ll have good security. They were kept safe last year, despite some safety risks in some of the countries they visited. Il Volo will take Russia by storm just as they have everywhere else they’ve been. Their music transends everything, all people and all countries.


Vic Damone (born Vito Rocco Farinola; June 12, 1928) is an American singer and entertainer.


Damone was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian immigrants based in Bari, Italy—Rocco and Mamie (Damone) Farinola. His father was an electrician, and his mother taught piano. His cousin was the actress and singer Doretta Morrow. Inspired by his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, Damone began taking voice lessons. He sang in the choir at St. Finbar’s Church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, for Sunday mass under organist Anthony Amorello.

When his father was injured at work, Damone had to drop out of high school. He worked as an usher and elevator operator in the Paramount Theater in Manhattan.[1] He met Perry Como, while at the Paramount Theater. Vic stopped the elevator between floors, sang for him and asked his advice if he should continue voice lessons. Impressed, Como said, “Keep singing!” and referred him to a local bandleader. Vito Farinola decided to call himself Vic Damone, using his mother’s maiden name.

Damone entered the talent search on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and won in April 1947. This led to his becoming a regular on Godfrey’s show. He met Milton Berle at the studio and Berle got him work at two night clubs. By mid-1947, Damone had signed a contract with Mercury Records.

His first release, “I Have But One Heart”, reached #7 on the Billboard chart. “You Do” (released November 1) reached the same peak. These were followed by a number of other hits. In 1948 he got his own weekly radio show, Saturday Night Serenade.[1]

In 1951, Damone appeared in two movies: The Strip and Rich, Young and Pretty. From 1951 to 1953 he served in the United States Army, but before going into the service he recorded a number of songs which were released during that time. He served with future Northwest Indiana radio personality Al Evans, and also country music star Johnny Cash. After leaving the service, he married the Italian actress Pier Angeli (Anna Maria Pierangeli), and in 1954 made two more movies: Deep in My Heart and Athena. He also made some guest appearances on Milton Berle’s television show in 1954.

In 1955, Damone had one song on the charts, “Por Favor,” which did not make it above #73. However, he did have major roles in two movie musicals, Hit the Deck and Kismet. In early 1956, he moved from Mercury to Columbia Records and had some success on that label with hits like “On the Street Where You Live” (from My Fair Lady, his final pop top ten) and “An Affair to Remember” (from the movie of the same name). His six original, long-playing albums on Columbia between 1957 and 1961 were That Towering Feeling, Angela Mia, Closer Than a Kiss, This Game of Love, On the Swingin’ Side and Young and Lively.

In 1961, he was released by Columbia, moving over to Capitol Records, where he filled in the gap left by Frank Sinatra’s leaving to help found Reprise Records. He lasted at Capitol only until 1965; however, he recorded some of his most highly regarded albums there, including two which made the Billboard chart, Linger Awhile with Vic Damone and The Lively Ones, the latter with arrangements by Billy May, who also arranged another of Damone’s Capitol albums, Strange Enchantment. Other original Capitol albums included My Baby Loves to Swing, The Liveliest, and On the Street Where You Live.

Damone did limited acting on television in the early 1960s. He played Stan Skylar in the 1960 episode “Piano Man” of CBS’s The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He was cast as Jess Wilkerson in the 1961 episode “The Proxy” of the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. He played the crooner Ric Vallone in the 1962 episode “Like a Sister” of the CBS sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show. In the summers of 1962 and 1963 Damone hosted a television variety series on NBC called The Lively Ones, which showcased current jazz, pop and folk performers as well as comedians.       vic

Other notable television work during this time included three guest appearances from 1963 to 1964 on CBS’s The Judy Garland Show. In addition to his solo performances, he and Garland sang duet medleys of songs from Porgy and Bess, West Side Story, and Kismet.

In 1965, Damone moved next to Warner Bros. Records with the albums You Were Only Fooling and Country Love Songs. On Warners he had one Top 100 chart hit: “You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love).” The next year he moved again, to RCA Victor Records, releasing the albums Stay with Me, Why Can’t I Walk Away, On the South Side of Chicago and The Damone Type of Thing. In 1967, Damone hosted “The Dean Martin Summer Show”, which was rerun in 1971. In 1969 he released his last US chart record, a cover of the 1966 song “To Make A Big Man Cry”, which made the Billboard Easy Listening

On June 12, 2009, Vic Damone released his autobiography titled Singing Was the Easy Part from St. Martin’s Press.

In December 2, 2011, at the age of 83, Damone launched an official Facebook profile dedicated to his fans. In addition to posting recent photos Damone writes that besides spending time with his family he spends his retirement enjoying golf and football.

Damone has married five times and divorced four:

  1. The Italian actress Anna Maria Pierangeli (Pier Angeli) (1954–1958) (one son – Perry Damone)
  2. Judith Rawlins (1963–1971) Victoria, Andrea, and Daniella
  3. Becky Ann Jones (1974–1982), the American entertainer
  4. Diahann Carroll (1987–1996) The marriage produced their only child Charves Damone. (This relationship is referenced in the 1997 film Money Talks, in which Chris Tucker’s character claims to be Vic Damone Jr., the son of Damone and Carroll)
  5. Rena Rowan-Damone (1998 to present), the fashion designer and co-creator of Jones New York (Jones Apparel Group).



Damone has six grandchildren from his daughters (Tate, Paige, Sloane, Rocco, Daniella Grace, Grant).

He lives in Palm Beach County, Florida.

(This one is for Ann, she noted in one of her comments that she loved Vic Damome)


Lets take a look at Bari, Italy, where Damone’s parents were from.


Bari  (Bari dialect: Bare; Latin: Barium; Ancient Greek: Barion) is the capital city of the province of Bari and of the Apulia (or, in Italian, Puglia) region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, and is well known as a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of about 320,475, as of 2011, over 116 km, while the fast-growing urban area counts 653,028 inhabitants over 203 km The metropolitan area counts 1 million inhabitants.

Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Swabian Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).


Modern residential zones surround the centre of Bari, the result of chaotic development during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs have developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport named after Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.

Odds and Ends:

Check Ignazio’s tweet and short Instagram video of him playing with his dog, Buddy. Ignazio tweeted “I love this dog”  Hard to say who’s more adorable!!!

A new piece of news, speaking of Italian tenors. Andrea Bocelli married his girl friend of twelve years, Veronica Berti, in a private ceremony in Livorno, Italy. Andrea and Veronica are the parents of a 2 year old daughter and were married on her 2nd birthday.

God Speed Il Volo, on your trip to Russia!!