On March 1st, it was 10 years since the death of Lucio Dalla, a talented and well-known Italian singer-songwriter, among his most beautiful songs: CARUSO!
Il Volo took part in an event in memory of Dalla, organized by Il Resto Del Carlino, a well-known Bologna newspaper.
The video that follows was broadcast during the news on RAI1.
WOMAN: In Bologna the Il Volo tribute to Lucio Dalla, in the house, now museum, of the great singer-songwriter. The trio sings one of its most evocative songs, CARUSO, exclusively for TG1.
10 years ago, on March 1st Lucio Dalla died. Leonardo Metalli (journalist) went to Bologna, to his house where the singer-songwriter lived, to pay a very special tribute.
Let’s see it.
LEONARDO METALLI: Guys, an honor for everyone, to play on this piano, in the house museum of Lucio Dalla and then dedicate Caruso to him.
PIERO: For us it is a great privilege to participate, to sing this song, for a project organized by QN Carlino (newspaper).
LEONARDO METALLI: Lucio Dalla represents a lot for you, you carry this song around the world.
GIAN: Yes, Lucio Dalla is the history of Italian music, but it is the history of all of us, we grew up with the songs of the master, which made generations dream, so for us it is really a great privilege to be here today.
LEONARDO METALLI: A memory you have of Lucio Dalla, something that is in your heart?
IGNAZIO: A memory, an anecdote, we were at the Arena di Verona, before a television program and we were warming up our voices, I’m a little crazy and I started singing in the corridors. He (Dalla) passes by, and we start vocalizing, to see who made the highest vocalization.
GIAN: Whoever made the highest vocalization won.
PIERO: But Lucio won, but really.
Now make a king major …….
“Dear friend, I am writing to you ……” (Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca sing the beginning of this beautiful song by Dalla)
Then, Il Volo has been invited to visit Dalla’s house-museum, here is the video:
MAN: House of Lucio Dalla, Il Volo ~ This is the house where Lucio Dalla lived all his life, it is huge, very large, it has become a museum.
Let’s go in. (The house is in the center of Bologna. Besides Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, there are also Torpedine, Barbara and Ercole, they meet Tobia Righi, the friend, the producer, the one who has always been close to Dalla)
TORPEDINE: (greeting Tobia) Ignazio said you had a yellow car.
IGNAZIO: Yes, you were coming to get Lucio in a yellow car.
TOBIA: No, white.
Hello (he greets Gianluca) and where is the other one? (Piero, arrives and greets).
PIERO: How are you? It’s nice to see you again.
TOBIA: At 88, I’m still here.
IGNAZIO: Michele is 60 and he looks more than you.
TORPEDINE: Guys you know this thing, he (Tobia) was close to Dalla, from the first to the last day.
PIERO: He instead (Torpedine) went to school with Giuseppe Verdi (famous Italian opera composer, known all over the world).
MAN: You can see it from the beard! (Verdi too had a beard, and white hair) You see he has the same beard!
TOBIA: When you judge a person, you look at the facts.
He (Torpedine) has made facts and deserves to be where he is.
IGNAZIO: Beccati questa! (idiom to mean that it is just like that)
Let’s go in!
MAN: You said it well, but you (Tobia), then you will tell us how Lucio Dalla was, you have to tell us that you knew him well and you know what the story was like. You who have spent your whole life in this house.
OTHER MAN: Do you know how Dalla called Tobia? Mattarozzo! (Means crazy)
TOBIA: Because I was serious and for him it was crazy to be serious, and I called him Spider.
MAN: When Dalla looked out from the balcony, what did he call you?
OTHER MAN: He called me Rosita, because my surname is La Rosa and he nicknamed me Rosita. One day I shouted at the window: “SPIDER” and he looked out, astounding my friends, of course, and he at seeing me: “ROSITA”.
(Meanwhile, the boys and Torpedine, go up the stairs to get to the entrance).
PIERO: Wow (the first room is full of gold and platinum records, all awards received by Dalla for his career.)
TORPEDINE: It has a certain effect!
MAN: I’ll show you better later.
And here is the video, made by Il Volo at Dalla’s home.
IL VOLO, AT DALLA’S HOME AT THE INVITATION OF IL RESTO DEL CARLINO
For years now, the musical group made up of two tenors and a baritone, has been taking “Caruso” around the world.
As in Italy, even abroad, the piece by Lucio Dalla always receives a new and extraordinary success.
GIAN: Lucio Dalla is the story, the greatest artistic influence, but also, we can say, our childhood, when I say ours, I mean not only ours, but of all of us …..
He made the history of Italian music, bringing it all over the world, especially with songs that have thrilled generations, such as CARUSO….
IGNAZIO: Obviously, for our genre, the first Lucio Dalla song we met was CARUSO. I personally remember that one of the first songs was Ayrton, and then Rondine, La sera dei miracoli, Attenti al lupo (all songs by Dalla).
Well, we always say that there is a genre of music and a song for every mood, and this is Lucio Dalla.
PIERO: Today is a special day for us, because singing CARUSO at Lucio Dalla’s house doesn’t happen every day.
We sing Caruso in all of our concerts, and we dedicate a particular introduction to this piece, because our version is an orchestral version, with many orchestral elements, but it starts with the chords of a guitar.
And we always say, in Japan, America, South America, anywhere: “You will recognize this song by the first notes”, and it is.
This song is universal. Singing it at Lucio Dalla’s house, thanks to the Lucio Dalla Foundation, for opening its doors to us, and thanks to the invitation of QN (Quotidiano Nazionale) and Il Resto del Carlino, for this special project for the anniversary of Lucio Dalla’s death, for us it is a great honor, we thank you and we hope you can enjoy this song in an acoustic version.
Dalla wrote the beautiful song CARUSO in 1986. Of course, it is dedicated to the great Italian opera singer Caruso. This is how the song came to be:
Dalla was in Naples and stayed at the Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, coincidentally in the same room where the tenor Enrico Caruso spent some time before his death many years earlier.
Dalla was inspired to write the song after the owners told him about Caruso’s last days. Caruso was an acclaimed Italian opera singer; he was one of the greatest and most sought-after singers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, he lived a very difficult and rather unhappy life, having had many challenges and problems with Italian opera houses, but he gained more fame and success in the United States.
Caruso had many romantic relationships, his longest and most passionate love affair was with a married woman with whom he had two children, their affair ended when she left him for their driver. A few years before his death, Caruso met and married a woman 20 years younger than him, Dorothy Park Benjamin, whom Lucio Dalla describes in the song “Caruso.”
The official video of the song by Lucio Dalla, and which I propose below, was shot in the “Suite Caruso” of the Hotel Excelsior Vittoria where Caruso spent most of the last weeks of his life.
I enjoyed this visit to Bologna, in Lucio Dalla’s house and I think it was really exciting for Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio to be there.
I admit that CARUSO is one of my favorite songs and for this reason, I want to close this post with this video where Il Volo sings CARUSO, paired with Lucio Dalla.
After giving you a quick overview of the whole concert in the Arena on June 5th, here I am back to you, to tell you every moment.
Jo Ann has already translated the “chat” of the boys and Susan has already given you other explanations.
I will recall to you the smallest details of my beautiful evening and I will linger for a long time, because I do not want you to lose even a moment of this fantastic concert.
I start by telling you that Saturday started with the best wishes, a beautiful day, the sky of an intense blue, and so much emotion for the concert that I would see in the evening. A perfect start.
I have already told you other times that Verona is very close to Brescia where I live (only 50 miles), so my husband and I would have gone in the early afternoon and returned after the concert.
Here in Italy there is a curfew at 11pm (from 16 June it will be abolished), but the government had given special permission only to those who were in the Arena for the concert, to return to their homes by 02:00 am.
Right after lunch, I tried to rest, knowing that the evening was long and certainly exciting. But the sky turned gray, the sun was gone, and a little later it started drizzling. An annoying drizzle, but light and really boring. Damn, I hoped it wouldn’t rain in Verona, I was thinking about the guys, after so much work and such a long stop, this inconvenience was not welcome.
The light rain, which almost did not wet the earth, came and went. Every now and then a few drops and then nothing, just to make everyone nervous.
Ready for the evening, and with the best expectations, my husband and I left for Verona.
Arriving, without any problems, we park the car quickly and head towards the Arena.
It goes without saying that Verona always has a magnificent charm. It is a beautiful town that preserves the flavor of the ancient.
Among the old alleys of beautiful Verona, we can all still think of Romeo running to go to his Juliet. The great entrance gate with the scalloped walls, which still continue through the city, and which once closed the whole city, are magnificent.
After the city gate the huge Piazza Bra, with the beautiful buildings that surround it and in the center, the ARENA is imposing and memorable.
The first thing I have to do is contact my friends who are waiting for me to be able to greet me, some of them who have really come from far away, from the US.
The first one we meet, right in front of the Arena, is Laura with her husband Ugo, they are Italians, from Trieste, but Laura met me through Flight Crew, they are our readers and it is really special that we met like this.
Soon after I go in search of my American friends.
Here they are, beautiful and happy, together at the coffee table, looking forward to the evening, Deborah, Wendy and Joanie, whom I already knew personally and Judith, whom I had never met.
Only a few words of greeting, unfortunately, because Nonna Maura is waiting for me in front of her hotel, but what a pleasure to see my sweet friends who have faced such a long journey to be here.
Yes, because Il Volo is also this, the pleasure of meeting each other, of making friends from one end of the world to the other.
So let’s go to Nonna Maura’s hotel, I remind you that she is 90 years old and arrived in the morning by train from Rome. Fantastic Maura, she would not miss a concert of Il Volo and her beloved Gianluca for anything in the world.
Also Maura and I met thanks to Flight Crew, isn’t that great?
The weather continues to give us a few drops of rain, so my husband goes back to our car to get some rain dusters, in case they were needed and then we approach the Arena, the entrance time has already started and the adrenaline starts to rise.
The controls to enter the Arena are meticulous. There are different entrances depending on the places awarded. They check us for fever, documents and related tickets, and if we have the FFP2 mask (only that is allowed) then they see the camera that my husband is holding and tell him to take it in the car, because otherwise they won’t let him in. So my husband goes back to the parking lot to deposit his camera. When he comes back, we can finally enter the Arena.
We reach our seats, we are in the central row, right in front of the stage, row 11, excellent position. Between one occupied seat and another, due to Covid rules, an empty seat is expected.
The orchestra pit (the space between the stage and the first row, where the orchestra is usually placed) is empty, but in the center a round stage is positioned, as if it were a protruding extension, of the current stage, on it already in placed, 3 microphones with the auction, it is clear that often the guys will sing from there, and it is right in front of my position.
On the rear stage, the whole orchestra is positioned. A huge backdrop that continuously changes color and position with two large lateral pillar columns and two large lateral videos, completes the scene. The whole at the top is covered by a roof in which hundreds of lights are placed. If it rains, at least the guys will be protected.
Everything has a really great impact.
A voice on the speakers often reminds us that we must keep the masks well worn and that we cannot leave our seats to greet other friends.
While we wait, I look for the various scattered friends and raise our arms, we greet each other in the distance, and then, we wait patiently for the scheduled time to arrive.
Fortunately it does not rain and it will not rain all evening. There is a good temperature, everything seems to be going well.
At a certain point the boys enter the stage, normally dressed in jeans and a jacket. We are amazed, but they greet us smiling and tell us that they are waiting for the connection with the evening news. Meanwhile, they smile, they tell us they are excited, we take advantage of them to take pictures of them.
The boys look at the audience and recognize their American friends, greet them and say “you came up here for us”, they are happy with this and then on the other side, Alicja from Poland and they say “Ah, also from Poland”.😁
Here is what appeared during the television broadcast.
The guys say they are happy and honored to be doing this concert, so they say hello and invite people home to watch the evening.
After the connection with the TG1 news, the boys greet us and go to change their clothes and get ready. A voice tells us that we have to wait for television time, because this concert is live.
Meanwhile, I see Nonna Maura in the front row, lucky her, she is right in front, I’m really happy for her. Ercole and Eleonora arrive, Gianluca’s parents go in front of the front rows and Eleonora stops to greet Maura.
I also see Michele Torpedine in front of the stage.
Ernie also passes in front of me and also Gaetano Barone, whom I then see, joins his wife already in the front row.
Shortly before the concert begins, Caterina and Nina Boschetto also arrive. Nina is now leaner and prettier with longer hair than usual.
People continue to enter and the Arena is filling up with the 6,000 admitted people.
It begins to get dark, the lights of the stage come on, every now and then you can hear the voices of Piero and Ignazio who from behind the stage make the warble (warmup) for the voice: iiiiii eeee aaaa ……
In silence, the 70 members of the orchestra take their place on the stage and in the orchestra pit (i.e. in front of the stage) the choir takes place, making two wings on either side of the central round stage.
Here we are, everything is starting, what emotion!
The preview is projected on the screens, where Piero Ignazio and Gianluca, in the back of the Arena backstage, meet the actor Marco Giallini and talk about Ignazio’s shoes, nice skit, the boys say they are excited.
And here they are, the lights create the atmosphere, three silhouettes can be seen at the end of the scene, it’s them !!! 😍
The boys advance and the music begins, the applause that welcomes them is a little hesitant, I think we are all a little inhibited due to the Covid restrictions and also the live television. But Gianluca, in a strong and confident voice, begins to sing.
His voice is beautiful and Ignazio and Piero follow, and everything becomes magic. Chills on the skin, the beautiful music of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, fills every corner of the Arena and the voices of our boys, rested after the long period of inactivity, are stronger and safer than ever.
The scenography is beautiful, while the boys sing, on the screens and on part of the scenography, the images of the film scroll, the lights constantly change colors. The voices of the choir rise high.
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca are very elegant in their beautiful midnight blue D&G tuxedos with lapel pins, a beautiful elegance that is increasingly rare in today’s young artists.
The boys are also visibly excited.
The song is beautiful, at the end there is a big round of applause.
Ignazio is the first to speak, these are his exact words.
You really can’t understand how happy we are to return after a year and a half of silence, to wait for this very day to arrive. Surely all the guests of honor are all of you tonight. Thank you so much for coming, thank you very much.” (applause)
The emotion of the boys is evident, Gianluca admits that their legs are shaking. Piero thanks the Morricone family. And we proceed immediately with the second song “YOUR LOVE”.
This song, for all of us, is full of profound meaning, given the moment it was sung in Sanremo. It is really moving to see Ignatius who, from the beginning of the song, caresses with his fingers the ring he wears in his right hand, a wedding ring, which we think belonged to his beloved father. Even his eyes often close, as if to make eye contact with the one who is no longer there.❤
It is a very intimate and touching moment, as well as the beautiful music and the words, which seem to be written on purpose:
“….. Your strength has made me strong, though life tore us apart and now when the night seems long, your love shines in my heart …..”
(video made by Deborah Georgini Beaupre)
And then, immediately below here is a tribute from Notte Magica, Ignazio asks the audience who was there that evening, of course I raised my hand !! Piero remembers the beautiful evening in Florence in Piazza Santa Croce, remembers the master Placido Domingo who directed them and begins “NESSUN DORMA”.
At the end of the “Nessun Dorma” there was a long applause and the first beautiful standing ovation .
The standing ovation excites the boys a lot, they hug, they thank and Piero says: “So, you make us excited, they have a lot of effect, these applauses, after a year and a half.”
Enter the actress Laura Chiatti and, with the boys there is a nice “curtain” (nicedialogue) that Jo Ann has translated well.
Laura introduces a short video, an interview with Morricone, where the presenter tells that Morricone that he has a very intense relationship with “doing” (in the sense that he works very hard) and Morricone replies that “doing” (in Italian FARE), is not just a verb, but is the union of two musical notes: the FA (F) and the RE (D).
Ignazio presents the song “SE TELEFONANDO”, which, as Susan has well described, was written by Maurizio Costanzo, set to music by Morricone and sung by Mina many years ago. Beautiful and timeless song.
Ignazio explains that Morricone thought of this music, while he was in the post, queuing to pay a gas bill, and then he concludes by saying that he (Ignazio) only goes to the post office to pay the fines. 😁
Upon returning, the exchange of words on Ignazio is beautiful: he is always a disaster, but also he has an incredible voice, then Piero introduces “IL MONDO”.
While Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca sing Riccardo Cocciante enters and they sing together, but what about, Cocciante performs a verse of the song, but when he finishes the verse, Ignazio begins and for me, Ignazio’s voice is truly unique and powerful.
Cocciante met Morricone personally, but he doesn’t want to remember any anecdotes, because he says that the greatness of an artist is in his works. Then he plays a beautiful song of his.
Marco Giallini enters, he says is very impressive to be in front of the audience of the Verona Arena. Together they introduce “SE”, the song taken from the film Cinema Paradiso. A scene from the film starts with little Totò Cascio. The melody is written by Andrea Morricone, (the son who is conductor).
At the end of the short clip, Totò Cascio enters, now an adult. Totò says that during the shooting of the film, Philippe Noiret acted in French, while Totò in Sicilian and Italian and between them a good feeling had been created and he remembers it with affection. Then Totò also remembers the director Giuseppe Tornatore, whom he calls Peppuccio (Giuseppe in Sicilian) and whom he considers as an older brother.
Here are the lyrics of the song SE.
Se tu fossi nei miei occhi per un giorno, vedresti la bellezza che, piena d’allegria, io trovo dentro gli occhi tuoi, non so se è magia, o realtà. Se tu fossi nel mio cuore per un giorno, potresti avere un’idea, di ciò che sento io, quando mi abbracci forte a te, e petto a petto noi, respiriamo insieme. Protagonista del tuo amor non so se sia magia o realtà. Se tu fossi nella mia anima un giorno, sapresti cosa sento in me, che m’innamorai, da quell’istante insieme a te, e ciò che provo è solamente amore. Da quell’istante insieme a te, e ciò che provo è solamente amore.
If you were in my eyes for a day, you would see the beauty that, full of joy, I find inside your eyes, I don’t know if it’s magic or reality. If you were in my heart for a day, you might have an idea, of what I feel, when you hug me tightly to you, and chest to chest we breathe together. Protagonist of your love I don’t know if it’s magic or reality. If you were in my soul someday, would you know what I feel in me, that I fell in love, from that moment together with you, and what I feel is only love. From that moment together with you, and what I feel is only love.
Sweet words, sweet moment and sweet Gianluca, who touches Ignazio’s shoulder with his hand, as if to encourage him.
There is also a beautiful dance moment with the circles.
What to say, the sound and visual combination is very beautiful, and how much interpretation in our boys, everything is perfect!
Laura Chiatti is now in the audience and tells us about a film that made an era, transgressive (for that time), which talks about love triangles.
Two other guests arrive: on stage Raphael Gualazzi and Nina Zilli and all together they perform the song of “METTI UNA SERA A CENA.”
And after this beautiful performance, Piero announces the advertisement and ends the first part of the concert.
I hope you enjoyed reading every moment of the concert, I believe that by combining what JoAnn and Susan have written for you, you can get a fairly complete overview of what happened, but we are only at the first piece of the concert, if you want to read the rest ………… I wait for you in a few days !!!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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