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.
The VIPs to support the candidacy of the porticoes of Bologna to Unesco heritage. Many, from Luca Carboni to Cesare Cremonini,from Gianni Morandito Cristina d’Avena (Italian singers) and Stefano Accorsi (Italian actor), should be contacted.
Not to mention that Il Volo, Nicola Rizzoli(referee) and Andrea Roncato (actor) have already given their availability. Il Volo explains why.
Both live in the metropolitan area of Bologna, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, two of the three members of the award-winning musical group Il Volo (the third is Gianluca Ginoble). The first lives in the center, the second in the province and he was also born there in Bologna, but there is no distance to their acute “amore” (Grande, of course) for the porticoes of Bologna. “Will they call us for events and initiatives to support the candidacy for UNESCO heritage? We will absolutely be there, we promise,” they assure in unison.
What significance do the porticoes have for you?
Ignazio Boschetto:“I have wonderful memories, the Sunday morning walks with the family, in the center under the porticoes. And then Lucio Dalla always mentions the porticoes in his songs, I think of ‘Le Rondini’. A great emotional value, as well as in Bologna I also lived in a small village, Molinella, where I remember under the porticoes there was a lady who made fresh pasta. Down there we bought tortellini. And then at night they are wonderful, if I could, I would always take long walks.”
Piero Barone: “The porticoes in Bologna save you. I love running and practically from via Indipendenza to San Luca, even in the rain, you can move around protected by the porticoes, in a great way. The porticoes represent the beauty of Bologna, a unique city that manages to make you feel at home. And that of the porticoes is like an embrace.”
What is your portico of the heart? Is it linked to any particular experience?
Piero: “The hilly part of the portico of San Luca. With my friends we go for a run on that wonderful stretch and when we are down we take a smoothie all together. Very beautiful. Then of course, there are also others, such as the porticoes of via Santo Stefano and those at the corner of via Righi and via Alessandrini: if you throw a high note there an incredible rumble comes out.”
What would you say to the UNESCO judges to promote the candidacy?
Ignazio:“The love of Parisians for the Eiffel Tower is personal, like the love of the Bolognese, I believe linked to the porticoes for that sense of protection. And they are unique.”
Piero:“Bologna is the only city in the world where there are 38 kilometers of porticoes. It is unique and they deserve to be protected.”
But what exactly are we talking about? The porticoes of Bologna are one of the symbols of the city. It is a long construction of about 42 km that from the city center leads to the sanctuary of S. Luca.
On January 21, 2020, the decision of the Governing Council of the Italian National Commission for Unesco was approved, together with the Minister of Cultural Heritage. However, we will have to wait another year to know the outcome of the candidacy.
Let’s not forget that the porticoes of Bologna were the background in the video of the beautiful WE ARE LOVE !!
We also recall that in 2017, Il Volo shot an advertising spot, right in Piazza S. Stefano, with the beautiful porticoes in the background.
Here are the photos of some moments of that commercial for Ferrero Rocher (Nutella).
And below is the video of “Golden Symphony: Una Navidad Dorada” which aired in Mexico in December 2017.
At the beginning of the video we see Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca strolling in front of the porticoes of Bologna.
The views of Bologna are really beautiful.
But, if you have time, also enjoy the whole event, with the beautiful songs of our boys.
Very well guys, this affection for the city that hosts you does you a lot of honor.
And it is nice that you have given your availability to support this UNESCO candidacy.
Bologna and all of Italy could not have better ambassadors than you: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca !! ❤❤❤
Perhaps not everyone knows that you are the author of Grande Amore, the success with which the Il Volo group won Sanremo. How was the song born?
“Do you think Grande Amore has been in the drawer for 12 years. I wrote it in 2003, but it came out in 2015. I left it in the drawer until the right opportunity arose. I always knew this song would be liked, but I had to wait for the right moment. When you create it, inside you, you already know if something is strong or not. In my heart, I knew that if Grande Amore had gone to Sanremo, I would have made the numbers. I tried at least 5 or 6 times to present it, then I changed direction and I said to myself that, perhaps, this song could not reach, with my voice. So I started looking for interpreters. I am very fond of Queen and Freddy Mercury, there was the Barcelona song he sang with Montserrat Caballé. I had an intuition and I said that perhaps Grande Amore should be sung by a more important lyrical voice. Trying it with two lyrical voices, more set, I realized that the piece could have a more international take.”
In the photo Il Volo with Boccia and Esposito, writer and composer of Grande Amore.
And why, in the end, was the song sung by the Il Volo trio?
“At the selections, I presented the song with the two tenors with whom I had recorded this sort of demo. Carlo Conti, who at the time was in charge of the artistic direction of Sanremo, however, saw the potential of the song and told me:
‘Francesco, this song is too important, we cannot put it in young people ( the songs in Sanremo can be presented by the YOUNG, who are unknown, or by the BIG who are already famous).’
Also because one of the two boys I had introduced was over the age to be a candidate and therefore Carlo asked me for permission to let someone else hear the song. In the end, he introduced it to Il Volo. Initially Il Volo did not want to do it, especially because they had presented themselves with their own songs, but after various insistences they auditioned and, once sung, they were convinced and fell in love. And what happened happened, with more than 100 million views, including the win. It had been more than twenty years that an Italian song hadn’t been around the world. This made me realize that you have to believe in things. Because when you really believe it, things happen.”
Really beautiful are the words of Francesco Boccia, and of course we give him our best compliments for having had the intuition to write this beautiful song and we thank him for having always insisted and waited patiently on presenting Grande Amore!
Il Volo arrived and everything seemed perfect, this song had been waiting in the drawer for many years, for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca to arrive, three guys with wonderful voices who would have given the right emphasis to the notes of this beautiful song. ❤️
One thing, continuing to read Francesco’s interview, bothered me a little, when they asked him why he presented his band in Romania, he replied:
“Because our Italian music is much more appreciated there than here in Italy. So much so that we tried to participate in these talents which took place abroad.”
It really hurts to hear this statement, but it hurts because it’s true.
In reality it is not true that this music is more appreciated abroad than in Italy, because we know very well that there are many supporters, we have confirmed this from the concerts always full of fans.
But this beautiful music is not at all supported by radios, TVs, and Italian newspapers, which instead offer very often “junk music” thus accustoming the tastes of our young people to this music and this way of singing, sometimes really horrible.
Reflecting, I think that Il Volo, in the people of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, are to be admired even more, for having had the courage to insist on presenting in their country, Italy, a certain type of song, considered by many “passé”.
The results proved Il Volo and those who have always supported them right.
The November stage of the 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix had some special guests. Il Volo was invited to sing the Italian National Anthem before the start of the Sunday, November 1 race to re-inaugurate the Ferrari Imola Course in Emilia-Romagna, which is hosting its first competition after years of renovation. Down below, there’s link to Il Volo’s pre-race performance below for you to enjoy.
The Imola Course is only 25 miles east of Ignazio’s home in Bologna. We all know that the Il Volo guys, especially Ignazio, have a love of fast machines in general, and Formula 1 racing in particular. This was Ignazio during their 2019 summer off, at the Red Bull Formula 1 race car “stable,” and the Triscina Go-cart Track. La Vela’s photo is just Igna being his usual self with children.
If you’re not familiar with Formula 1 racing, here’s the short story. To quote my son Barry, “It’s the fastest cars in the world on the toughest, curviest tracks on earth. It’s the best of the best.” Spoken like an Italian.
If you didn’t know, the Ferrari course at Imola has not hosted Formula 1 racing for 14 years. The translated article below explains why.
The Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Racetrack hosted Formula 1 for the last time in 2006. In the same year, the reconstruction and modernization work began, which lasted throughout 2007. The pit area was completely rebuilt; the only surviving building is the historic and former Marlboro Tower (now sponsored by Aruba). The changes to the route, carried out under the direction of the architect Hermann Tilke, led to the elimination of the “Lower Variant” for cars. Over the years, work has been carried out to adapt the track to the increasingly high standards required to host international competitions. This led to obtaining the Grade 1 License necessary to host Formula 1.
Author’s note: Next is a translation of two articles and the lead photo that appeared in the Italian media this week announcing Il Volo’s appearance to sing the Italian national anthem (ilInno di Mameli).
IL VOLO OFF TO THE EMILIA ROMAGNA FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX TO PERFORM THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
The boys of Il Volo Chosen to Perform the National Anthem on the Occasion of the Emilia Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix Set for November 1.
The guys from Il Volo will sing the National Anthem before the Emirates Formula 1 Grand Prix in Emilia Romagna, a beautiful event two months after having excited the audience of the Verona Arena at the Seat Music Awards. Music and sport, an essential combination which is often talked about together. Power cars are undoubtedly an expertise of our country, and in particular the Formula 1 world championship represents an important opportunity to highlight the “Made in Italy” brand.
In this untypical sports season, Italy has been home to three (race) stages. After the two already staged in Monza and Mugello, Formula 1 will be on November 1 in Imola on the historic racetrack dedicated to Enzo and Dino Ferrari.
To celebrate a return of the highest category of auto racing to Imola, the trio of Il Volo was chosen, specifically to emphasize the importance of “Made in Italy.” A performance to the notes of the national anthem at theDino Ferrari International Racetrack will get the television audience excited, before concentrating on the curves and straights of the racetrack on the banks of the Santerno.
Author’s note: A few years ago, when Piero cut off the long “cuiffo” (flipped up curl) that he used to wear on the front of his hair, he explained on Instagram, “I got rid of it because it felt like I was wearing the last turn of the racecourse at Mugello on my head.” Does anybody remember this look?
By the way, the boys have performed at the Grand Prix before. The Flight Crew covered their visit to a Grand Prix a few years ago, at the Etihad Airlines Track in Abu Dhabi in the Emirates, pictured here.
Is it obvious which two love cars, and which one loves clothes?
On with the articles!
IL VOLO GOES TO THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAN PREMIO (GRAND PRIX)
Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble have agreed with enthusiasm to participate in this prestigious event. The three guys are long-time fans of Formula 1 and proud to represent Italy.
From the boys themselves:
“It is an honor for us to have been invited to the Grand Prix and to once again interpret the Mameli anthem (Italy’s national anthem). Every time we’ve had this opportunity, it was not easy to hide our emotions! We thank the President of Formula Imola, Uberto Selvatico Estense, and wish a big ‘ in bocca al lupo’ to all the drivers.”
If you don’t know that expression, it’s literally “Into the wolf’s mouth” and is the Italian way of saying “Good luck.”
The President of Formula Imola, Uberto Selvatico Estense, continues.
“I am really pleased to publicly announce that Il Volo will perform the Mameli Anthem at the next Formula 1 Grand Prix in Imola on November 1, 2020.
This magnificent singing trio has characterized Italian music and culture throughout the world for some time. So, who better than they could interpret the Italian anthem, thrilling the world-wide spectators of the most awaited Grand Prix of the season.
A special thanks, as well as to the artists, to their manager Michele Torpedine for the great willingness and enthusiasm in supporting the initiative that marks the return of Formula 1 to Imola after 14 years. This is another opportunity to listen to the music of Il Volo, as we wait for the 2021 tour.
From the author: Even the Italian car fanatics are proud of Il Volo. This extra clip is excerpted from “FormulaPassion.It” web page:
The Trio Will Do the Pre-Show at the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna This Coming Sunday
Il Volo has been invited to open the Emiglia Romagna Grand Prix, which kicks off Sunday November 1 at the Enzo and Dino International Autodrome of Imola. The trio will perform the opening ceremony interpreting Mameli’s anthem to pay homage to the drivers arrayed near the starting line.
Author: You can tell the Il Volo guys were excited about this. Starting at 3:30 AM my cell phone Instagram kept lighting up with videos of the pits, crews, and tracks, by the Il Volo guys or whichever relatives were with them doing the filming. I had videos of the pits and “stables” coming up on my phone at the same time as the ESPN professional filming of the same areas, and some of the ones from Il Volo were noisier and more exciting. Here’s one to check out.
All the guys got into video selfie-ing in the pit areas. Here’s one of Piero.
In the Italian media this week, Piero said that one reason Il Volo was proud to sing the national anthem was that so many Italian young (and old) people have been singing it together at twilight from their balconies and doorways as an act of unity during this epoch of isolation and social distancing. Il Volo also sets an example by approaching every public appearance and gathering place masked, just like the announcers and race drivers today.
So here is the link to the pre-race announcement and Il Volo’s singing of the Inno di Mameli.
Although the anthem has five verses, they sang only the first verse and refrain, as is typical at sports events, so we didn’t get to hear them for very long. Note that the guys did not do any rephrasing or very sophisticated harmonies, but presented the national anthem formally and traditionally, befitting its serious and very spiritual lyrics. It was lovely nonetheless, and punctuated beautifully by the air force fighter jet flyover.
In the clip, the announcer explains that Il Volo will present the national anthem and there will be a flyover in honor of Enzo Ferrari. He adds after that the four aircraft are Eurofighters from the combat wing of Grosseto who are flying a circuit of the race course. He describes the beautiful sunny day at this venue which has been key in writing the story of motorsport and which has seen some of its greatest racing competitions. Then he argued that the naysayers who said we wouldn’t have this event this year, or next, were wrong, because we did it and it’s here. His partner adds that the most exciting thing we could do for the drivers and for the 100th Formula 1 Grand Prix was to bring in Il Volo. No argument there.
It was a very tense and exciting race. Team Mercedes Benz has dominated Formula 1 for six or seven years. On the Imola course, five or six drivers had serious mechanical issues and mandatory DNFs (Did Not Finish), for problems including (two) front wings shearing off, a coolant system failure, shredded tires, and even cold brakes in a pit stop that knocked a crew mechanic into a back somersault. Max Verstappen, driving for Red Bull, managed to do a very close overtake (pass) splitting the two Mercedes leaders, got himself into second place, and held it a dozen laps, nearly guaranteeing a second place on the podium and nearly breaking up the expected Mercedes one-two finish. Then he punctured a tire, and spun off the track with three broken rims and a wrecked chassis.
The Imola track, on the left, was once the site of two driver deaths in one weekend 1994, Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger. In memory or in caution, drivers from several teams had their helmets or steering columns blessed before the race. Strangely, despite the multiple grindings and spin outs today, there was not a single injury.
Before the race, the entire field of drivers made pre-recorded statements and took a knee on the track to demand an end to racism. Il Volo held their opening anthem until after these ceremonial acts of solidarity. In a fitting conclusion, Lewis Hamilton, who piloted the winning Mercedes car, happens to be a person of color.
In the midst of all the excitement, Gianluca found the time to post a picture of him and Ernie, which was captioned “You’re the other half of me.” Papa Ercole posted best wishes “Little Man.” Mamma Eleonora posted an old video of a little boy tossing his bicycle and running to her camera. Why? Yesterday, November 1, was Ernie Ginoble’s birthday. Tanti auguri e Buon Compleanno, Ernie!
Author’s note: Il Volo is “off to the races again” in another way, too. Embedded in one of the Italian news clippings last week was a link to Il Volo’s 2021 European tour schedule. Stay tuned. In another Flight Crew article, we’ll share whatever know about it.
In these days we have all seen articles published concerning the definition in the first instance of the complaint for the dispute between RENIS-TORPEDINE and the subsequent declaration of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
So let’s try to do a little order.
This article, published in Bologna on 30 September 2019, informed us that there was a dispute with a subsequent complaint by Tony Renis, against Michele Torpedine,for the management of Il Volo.
BOLOGNA – The dispute over the management of the earnings of ‘Il Volo’, the trio of singers who surprisingly won the Sanremo Festival in 2015, ends on trial and causes two big names in Italian music, once partners and also friends, to fight. The Prosecutor of Bologna has in fact sued the music producer Michele Torpedine, former manager of Zucchero and Lucio Dalla, among others, for mismanagement of earnings or wealth.
It all stems from a complaint filed four years ago by the lawyers Antonio Cappuccio and Tiziana Zambelli, defenders of Tony Renis, aka Elio Cesari, and who will now appear as a civil party “for due compensation for the damage.”
So, the complaint was made in 2015.
I read also in another article of 2018 that Renis filed the complaint in September 2015, the year in which in February, Il Volo wins Sanremo and in May is at Eurovision.
The quarrel goes on in the Italian courts. Initially, archiving is requested , because some documents from those years cannot be found, but Renis’ lawyers oppose and the controversy continues, until a couple of days ago, when the court issues the first instance sentence, which we all have read.
The dispute over the management of the earnings of ‘Il Volo’, the trio that won the Sanremo Festival in 2015, ends in the first degree, with a one-year sentence for the music producer Michele Torpedine, accused in Bologna for patrimonial infidelity.
The criminal case was born from a complaint presented by the defenders of Elio Cesari, aka Tony Renis: Torpedine was originally the director and Renis was a 50% shareholder of Rentor, the company that managed the trio exclusively. The investigations disputed a conflict of interest linked to a contract that in 2014 Torpedine entered into an exclusive agreement in favor of Family Srl, of which he was sole director. With this deed he would have caused Rentor damage equal to the loss of the exclusive rights and the compensation related to the trio’s activities.
The court also sentenced to civil compensation, ordered an executive provisional for Rentor, constituted a civil party with the liquidator Marzia Chessa, defense of the lawyer Gabriele Bordoni, of 50 thousand euros and 20 thousand for Renis, defended by the lawyers Antonio Cappuccio and Tiziana Zambelli, plus 10 thousand in court costs. Torpedine was defended by prof. Gaetano Insolera.
So, for the moment, a verdict has been issued that sentences Michele Torpedine to one year in prison and to pay 80,000 euros.
This quarrel has been going on since 2015 and 5 years have passed, and in all this time, Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, have NEVER given their opinion, but at the publication of the verdict, Il Volo made this publication:
Michele, sometimes truth and justice need time. We know you well. You have been by our side for more than 10 years. You defended us from everyone, you fought for us, you taught us so much and above all you love us. You always made us understand who we should trust and who instead preferred to use us for their own interests and personal glory. We are proud to have chosen you and to have renewed our trust, for ten years, day after day. This is a truth that no sentence can hinder. For the rest, just have patience: in the end the truth always comes. In life and also in the courts.
Really beautiful words, which express all their solidarity and their affection for the one who has always followed them and who has not forgotten them in moments when notoriety was tarnishing, but, like a good father, has always kept them holding hands and indicated the way to follow.
Susan De Bartoli has published a beautiful writing, which many have already read and which summarizes what we all fans of Il Volo feel in our hearts.
Grazie mille Susan, for expressing so well in words the feelings of all of us! Here it is:
An Open Letter to Michele Torpedine:
These three families gave you their sons because they trusted you and believed in you! What you have done for these young men over the last 10 years has helped them to become the fine young men they are today! You always gave them the best advice and they trusted you and believed in you and that is why they are at your side today! You are proud of them as you should be because you helped make them who they are today!
On many occasions I have heard them praise you for all that you have done for them. They said you taught them everything they know but, above all you taught them to stand on their own two feet and to deal with everything that has been thrown at them over the years. You never left their side! You always defended them! You are a second father to them! And you went above and beyond to teach them everything you knew. You love them and they love you!
We believe in you and thank you for what you have done for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca! I know you always acted in their best interest! I stand with you! The truth will prevail.
It is only at the first degree sentence, therefore Torpedine will certainly oppose.
But I wonder why the complaint was made in September 2015, after the excellent results of Sanremo and Eurovision and the upcoming concerts?
By the admission of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca themselves, who returned from America, here in Italy and in Europe, they were not known.
They might have been a flop, and in that case they wouldn’t be interested in anyone anymore, but Torpedine has always believed in them, and therefore, with the new notoriety comes the fight.
It goes without saying that I’m on Torpedine’s side, and I thinkI also interpret the thoughts of all of you who love Il Volo.
The dispute will continue and we will read the various results, then the law will be able to put an end to this unpleasant situation.
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