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Let the Magic Begin!

Everything that the guys do is magic! They make us happy every time they open their mouths. But there are moments that just blow us away!
2016-2017 were the years dedicated to the “Notte Magica” project, the tribute to the 1990 event of the Three Tenors.

IL VOLO and Placido Domino hug on the Firenze stage

On July 7, 1990, a magical night took place in Rome: Jose Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti sang together for the first time in one of the most evocative temples of opera, the ancient Baths of Caracalla. This was the biggest classical music project of the 20th century.

Photo of the Three Tenors Plácido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti from July 7, 1990 on stage in Rome

Twenty-six years later, Il Volo, paid tribute to the event and to the Three Tenors with a new album and a live concert event, “Notte Magica ~ A Tribute to The Three Tenors.”

 

The Il Volo concert took place on July 1st, 2016 at Piazza Santa Croce, one of the most beautiful plazas in Florence. They were joined by the famous Teatro Massimo di Palermo Orchestra. The guys performed some of the most famous Neapolitan songs and arias from the Italian and international operatic repertoire all of which were sung by the original Three Tenors.

Beautiful night time picture of the PIazza Santa Croce with the stage and audience lit up in red

Close up night time picture of the PIazza Santa Croce with the stage

Their special guest was Maestro Plácido Domingo. Maestro Domingo conducted almost half of the program and joined Il Volo singing the classic “Non ti scordar di me.” Although the guys were not born in 1990, they grew up listening to the three tenors.

Message to IL VOLO from Placido Domingo

They were fascinated and, inspired by their voices and legendary achievements. Now, the guys were sharing their music with a younger audience. This was a great opportunity for the younger generation to experience the same emotions as we did on that magical night 26 years earlier.

This was also the beginning of the world tour of “Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors” which debuted on March 4th, 2017 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The show was sold out. After 15 stops in the United States, all sold out, the tour was extended to Europe from May 5th, 2017 for 29 performances and from September it extended to Latin America.

Photo of Radio City Musica hall lights

Some moments to remember along the way:
The Arias!
Ignazio was first with “Una Furtiva Lagrima.” 
In the aria “Una Furtiva Lagrima from L’elisir D’amore by Gaetano Donizetti, Ignazio makes you feel the innocents of Nemorino’s love for Adina. His warm graceful voice is very bright and strong with a smooth, clear and crisp dimension. He has an astonishingly, acute extension that leaves you breathless. He is exceptional because he can sing from the lowest to the highest note in the tenor range and, he can, easily, hit that high C. Waiting for it and knowing it’s going to happen is so exciting!  Ignazio only needs to open his mouth in song and passion exudes from his lips. He’s very expressive and simplistic in his presentation. He feels every note of every song and expresses it in a most sensitive way. You feel what he feels! The end result is a delivery full of passion that leads you to ecstasy!

Next came Gianluca singing “La Danza.”
“La Danza” by Gioachino Rossini, is actually a Neapolitan Tarantella which is used in comic opera because of its’ rapid succession of rhythm. It is really a tongue twister. The singer should have excellent enunciation, to sing the song to maximum effect and Gianluca certainly fits the bill. Gianluca’s highs and lows, his emotion and expression are superb. He has total command of the song. He has a very rich chest resonance which creates a feeling of depth and drama in his voice. It is exactly what is needed for this song. His ability to sing from the lowest to the highest note in the baritone range gives him the ability to move along with the rhythmic movement of the song. There are many videos of Gianluca singing La Danza but, I chose this one because he is so animated, so happy, he’s feeling the orchestra and he’s even leading them at one point. In the end, he had the time of his life with this performance. Maybe because he was at home in Abruzzi, enjoying it with his people! A difficult song, a beautiful delivery!
(Click on the photo below to view “La Danza”)

Gianluca smiling on stage after performing La Danza

And finally, Piero with “No Puede Ser.”
“No Puede Ser” from the opera La Tabernera del Puerto was composer by Pablo Sorozábal. Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw wrote the Spanish Libretto.
Piero’s voice really comes to life in this aria. He has the brightness and height of a lyric tenor, but with a heavier vocal weight enabling his voice to be “pushed” to dramatic climaxes with less strain than his lighter-voice counterparts. Every note that comes out of his mouth reaches you with such intensity and remains with you for a long time. It’s the voice that reaches out to you and demands your attention. From the first note Piero pierces your soul! His passion comes through in his music. Arias are very dramatic and, Piero brings all the drama of the aria into his performance. Always a showstopper!

 The Notte Magica tour, which followed included, in addition to opera tunes such as “Nessun Dorma”, “E Lucean le Stelle” and “Una Furtiva Lagrima”, there were famous songs in Spanish like “Granada” and “No Puede Ser.” There were pieces of traditional American songs like “My Way” (from the original French song “Comme d’habitude,” English lyrics by Paul Anka and made famous by Frank Sinatra) and “Maria” from the musical “West Side Story.” There were the traditional Neapolitan classics such as “Torna a Surriento”, “O Surdato nnammurato” and “O Sole Mio”. They also included romances like “Mattinata” and Italian songs such as “Caruso” by Lucio Dalla, which was a fantastic interpretation of the great Luciano Pavarotti. All of this is embellished with symphonic masterpieces performed only by the orchestra, such as the prelude of Bizet’s “Carmen” and the intermezzo of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” (my favorite opera).

(Nessun Dorma, the first Notte Magica in Florence,  the beginning of the video is shaky, but then continues well, live video recorded by Daniela)

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca explained that their tour had a mission. That is to make known and appreciated the value of this repertoire even to those who have never listened to it before. And the intent seems perfectly successful because it was applauded by at least three generations.

Message to Placido Domingo from IL VOLO

The pearl of the evening “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”, was an Ave Maria written specifically for Il Volo that they dreamed of performing for Pope Francis. The guys did in fact sing it, for the Holy Father, at World Youth Day in Panama City.

And to round it off, they ended the concert with “Grande Amore”!
When I was researching the material for this article, I found, in our archives, some beautiful emotions expressed by our Daniela from Flight Crew about the event in Piazza Santa Croce, and I would like to share them with you.
“The magic of that night was that no one knew what to expect! We all know that the boys have incredible voices, but when they started with the Nessun Dorma, I think all those present held their breath to the end.

IL VOLO and orchestra on the Firenze stage

‘Oh my God, it’s very difficult, I thought, and even the boys were very emotional. There was a palpable tension in the air.

Placido Domingo singing with IL VOLO on the Firenze stage

At the final note, we could not believe our ears, we all got up and applauded for a very long time. Teardrops fell from our eyes. They were very good, we were all very proud of them, and they were wringing their hands, hugging each other, moved by the success of the song.

Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero on the Firenze stage with Placido Domingo

The various songs went by fast and, the evening was beautiful. The muggy heat of the afternoon had given way to a nice evening temperature and Piazza Santa Croce was truly magnificent. Everyone present was very much involved.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero on the Firenze stage

Between one song and another there were presentations made by the boys themselves, repeated twice, once in Italian and once in English and this was funny because Piero said‘Rewind everything and repeat because the grandmother in the front row has not heard well.’

There were also strange moments, because it was summer and it was hot and yet, because the CD would come out at Christmas, they also sang a Christmas song, which was not added on the CD.
And Gianluca occasionally said‘Congratulations, Merry Christmas!’

The boys were really elegant, and the stage was huge, with a large chandelier that came down from the roof and emanated lights of many colors.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the Firenze stage

People reacted with enthusiastic applauses for their great affection, but also because they recognized the skill of our boys – Il Volo.”

Wide view of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the Firenze with orchestrastage

Also in our archives was a description of the opening of the concert in Detroit, in the United States, which was written by our administrator at Flight Crew, Jana, and I would like to share it with you.
“The lights went down in the theatre, and they went up on the stage, a deep blue light created a reminiscent backdrop of the evening sky in Florence. The smoke machine started to create a subtle breeze in the air. A quiet hush fell over the audience as the orchestra members strolled out onto the stage. The crowd clapped politely. Then the maestro, Joseph Modica, came out; again, the crowd clapped. The lights changed from red, to blue, to purple, to teal, and back again, all night. Very similar to the Florence concert, actually. Joseph raised his hands and, the first notes of the violins could be heard resounding over the crowd. That song, that most of us had only heard on the CD or TV, was now playing live, right in front of us. The sing-songy violins spoke and the cellos and bass answered back to them. Soon, it was over. The audience cheered and clapped, knowing that what they were really waiting for was about to appear before their eyes. Seconds later, the Notte Magica truly began.”

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the Firenze stage

The concert, Notte Magica in Florence, was filmed and broadcast in the United States by the national television network PBS, and in Italy by Canale 5. It was also broadcast in over 500 cinemas in Italy and around the world.
Staying with Notte Magica for a moment….

The beautiful Firenze stage in Piazza Santa Croce with orchestra

Victoria, one of our Flight Crew members, sent in this beautiful video clip that her 90-year-old Il Volo fan friend sent to her!  Victoria was wondering who the woman with the dark hair was and what was the story behind this video?  So, when you want the facts, where do you go? To our faithful and ever ready Italian Correspondent Extraordinare, Daniela Perani, who gave us the tender story.
The story is simple. There are six children, 5 females and 1 male. The woman with the dark hair is their mother, who has made many sacrifices for them. Four years earlier, they lost their dad, who was a sailor. They were not wealthy and, they led simple lives. They were always cheerful and, their dad was always there for them. These children made a promise to their dad that they would take care of their mother, but for four years she was always so sad.

IL VOLO and the family from C’è Posta Per Te

The children wanted to do something to make their mother happy so, to show their love, they took her to the Maria De Filippi program, C’è Posta Per Te, which they knew she would like. Knowing how much she loved Il Volo, they called the guys to tell them about their mother. Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca, gave her beautiful words of support, a bracelet, and sang for her. Then they invited the whole family to the concert in Rome.

In this video you will notice how touched she is and how she looks admirably at the boys as they sing. Her tears touched all of us!

Our journey this week showed us the magic of Il Volo. Something all their fans know about. The magic continued throughout the years. Such a short time but 12 years is like an eternity when we think about all they have done.
Soon we will hear our guys live at the Ancient Arena of Verona. The concerts will come back. All the sadness will soon be over and, we will “Let the Magic Begin” all over again.
So happy you are back on stage. It was lonely without you!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
If you would like to share a story with me, please email:  susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com
To read more Il Volo stories visit us at www.ilvoloflightcrw.com

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

 

Notte Magica – Bologna/Milan – Personal Review by Veronica!

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The following review and adventure is from one of our newest Flight Crew members – Veronica B.  You may remember me mentioning a Veronica in a few of my Florence/Verona Italy stories last year.  This is the same person!  She lives just outside of Milan and saw the guys in both Bologna and Milan.  Here is her story of her notte magica and her magical 12 hours!


BOLOGNA

On 6th May at 2:30 p.m. I went to MXP Airport to meet Daniela, after 10 long months! We were so happy!

Our trip began under a very intense rain (and rain NEVER left us…NEVER!)

After 2h 30min, we reached Casalecchio di Reno (near Bologna) where our hotel was and also the Unipol Arena, where the guys were performing that night.

We relaxed a little with a pre-dinner drink and then we dressed up to go to the show; a shuttle waited for us at about 8 o’clock!vero daniela

When we reached the Arena immediately we saw the huge stage with the beautiful chandelier and the red background, it was beautiful!

When the show began, we get back to the wonderful experience in Florence…

bologna 1The guys came in and they were so nice in their elegant blue suits!

Their voices sounded powerful and more mature than ever and the audience was enthusiastic!

Piero was very serious, more than usual 🙂piero 1

gian 1Gianluca sweet as always…

And Ignazio was absolutely amazing; beautiful, funny and with a clear, fantastic voice!

Standing ovation by Standing ovation and joke by joke the show turned to the end with Grande Amore; always great emotion from the audience,also for them!igna 1

They said hello and thank you to the audience and they went way!

The shuttle was waiting for us in order to bring us back to the hotel.

trioWe slept very well that night; tired, but happy!

The day after, our plan was to go to Bologna center to have lunch in a typical restaurant and shopping around. Unfortunately (or not maybe…LOL 🙂 it was raining…and I decided to surprise Daniela.

I was driving but my direction wasn’t city center but the place where I knew the guys were going to be – the furniture store.

At a certain point Daniela screamed, “Heeeeey Sis’…Essegistore!!! There!!!”  she looked at me driving, “YOU KNOW!!!! OHMY GOD!!! YOU KNEW IT!!!”….ah ah ah

They arrived with their cars after about half an hour and they did some fast interviews.

After that they began to get pics with fans, they were really nice and they hugged and kissed everybody in a warm way!furniture store

After that we went away in order to have lunch…this time for real! LOL 🙂

We went to a very nice place that I know very well, a restaurant called Buca Manzoni in the center of Bologna. We got Tortellini with Ragu’…of course!

After that we were ready for our “tour” in the city.

Because of the rain, we decided to go inside the shops so we would not be so cold!

Walking by we saw one Il Volover we know and we went to say hello…just 1 minute after Ignazio arrived with his car and I was like “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?!??!?!?!”...yes…lucky me! 🙂 He was a little tired but he kindly stopped with us to share some minutes, he did a selfie with my phone, he hugged me and went away (we understood they had a meeting with all the staff inside the hotel at our back).outside store

I was SOOOOO happy; without any effort we met them 3 times in 12 hours! 🙂

And it was time to go to the airport to let Daniela catch the plane and for me to drive home!

Concerning Milano, unfortunately I do not have so much to tell you, apart from the amazing show and how they were sweet and funny…and of course talented.

Milano is a very important place for music. Record companies, important singers and VIP attended the show.milan

The most emotional moment was, of course, when Piero, after No Puede Ser, received a HUGE standing ovation and he was evidently touched…Ignazio and Gianluca were at left side of the stage proudly applauding at him.

Veronica, si, you are certainly 2 molto molto fortuna ladies!!  As well as some beautiful pictures from the front row!

Do we ever tire of meeting the guys, isn’t it always almost like the first time?  🙂

 

Veronica – thank you for taking the time to send me this lovely review and your day of adventure!  I’m sure our readers will enjoy it.   Until we meet again…and welcome to the crew!

Baci a tutti!

Jana

 

 

Notte Magica – USA Personal Reviews!

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Ciao!  We promised they’d be coming and here they are!  (I apologize if there are duplicates, or if yours was posted previously…)

March 11 at Foxwoods Grand Theater – Connecticut, from Christl:

A truly magical and unforgettable night!  The symphonic orchestra, together with those extraordinary voices of two tenors and one baritone, created an enchanting evening.  The lady sitting next to me wondered if music in heaven sounds like this.
This, my fourth Il Volo concert, is only the beginning. My plan has been to see them at least once a year, whether here or in Italy, at those impressive venues.  I saw them at the Villa Erba on Lake Como in 2015–what a marvelous setting!  Ci sarò per Gianluca, Piero e Ignazio!   Ever grateful for their dedication and hard work, I remain a dedicated listener.
Christl Anastasio from Connecticut

 

From our own, Jeannette Giglio!  (she is now on her way to many concerts in Italy!)

Last night was my night at the Notte Magica Concert at the Monte Carlo, Park Theater in Las Vegas Nevada…

It truly was a Magical night and it started long before the concert began… Pamela McIntyre along with Myron Heaton and the Flight Crew helped me promote the casual dinner at “d. Italia” the Italian restaurant just a few steps from the Concert Venue… We asked people to make reservations under their own names and just add that they were part of the Il Volo fan group… I figured we would have around fifty fans getting together to share their love for Il Volo along with a nice dinner…. To my surprise we filled almost every table in the entire restaurant… We had over seventy-five fans that enjoyed a nice Italian dinner before going to see Il Volo… It was almost no work involved in putting this fun time together for the fans, but I have to say I loved meeting so many new people as I went table to table having them share their Il Volo stories with me… I handed out name tags for them to put their names on and everyone knew that there were Il Volo fans seated next to them and they shared stories along the way…I had a great surprise that I must share… Joanie Greenspan called me and said she was in Las Vegas and she was going to the concert… I told her to get to the restaurant for dinner and she did along with our very special friends George and Laural which Joanie and I met last year at the Fantasy Springs Il Volo concert in Ca… I have to say for me, it was truly a very special night and I had not even seen the concert as yet…

The concert was spectacular… The guys were just simply Super Stars on that stage, they never sounded better or looked more elegant than last night… I could go on forever but I would just be repeating what we have already read from other fans…There are no better singers/entertainers in this world than OUR IL VOLO!!!

Of all the meet and greets in all the world, happiness and joy walked into mine… I must say we were sort of at the end of the line with just three lovely young ladies behind us… As Myron and I were discussing the wonders of the performances of each of our guys, Robert Gandara chief operating officer of OMGVIP came over and visited with us… He is just a delightful gentleman that help us so much when we were putting the fan fair together last year…He has become a valuable friend and he just shared his love for Il Volo with us, with very special and sincere feelings for our guys… We met three young people from Mexico who were in front of us… They were exquisitely dressed in tuxedos and bow ties, the young beautiful girl with them was in a beautiful long dress and her beauty was that of a young Salma Hayek, but even more beautiful… They were the highlight of the meet and greet thus far, for as we were standing in line they not only engaged in loving conversation about Il Volo, but also was very helpful to us as we had many bags given to us from fans at the dinner to give to the guys because those fans were not able to go to the Meet and Greet… They carried our bags though our time in line until we got to the table for gifts…

Now it was my turn to walk up to our guys and share my love of this beautiful concert .., I wanted them to know how much I enjoyed every moment and that I felt that they exceeded every expectation that I could have for them… They each thanked me and gave me a hug… Gianluca was the last of the three in line and when I walked up to him he just put his arms around me with a grand hug and asked me if I liked the performance… I of course engaged in a very long conversation with him about the beauty of the concert, and also told him I would see them in Italy… His eyes lit up and asked me which concert I would be attending, and when I gave him the list he hugged me again and again and said he would be looking forward to seeing us in Italy… Piero also gave me a hug when he heard we would see them in Italy… I have to say, I must have been with them for a full two minutes before I had to turn around to have our picture taken, that was the first time I realized that Myron was at the other end talking with Ignazio .. So we had much more time with our guys than at any other meet and greet… When we walked away we saw Barbara and had a warm and loving conversation with her as well… So I have to end this summary by saying this was the most exciting and very best Magical night of my Il Volo life …

Thanks to all who came to our dinner at d.Italia’s and thanks to the new Il Volo friends I made along the way, and special thanks to IL VOLO…Thanks to you it was my Notte Magica.

 

Hello all; – Minneapolis
3/20/17 Il Volo Notte Magica was indeed a true night of magic for us. My husband and I, and a friend attended the concert.   It was all very exciting. 33582454695_e4126bfcde_oI had some really good front row seats and meet and greet afterwards.   As you say,  you forget what to say,  as I did,  but I had practiced a short sentence in Italian, that I had heard them say to the audience on the Pompeii concert. So I said to them grazia Italia, grand amore tutti voi and they nodded so it maybe sounded ok.  The night in Minneapolis was unusual warm for March. 33582459965_a76a51f0c0_o (1)   While waiting for the State Theatre doors to open, a man collapsed and the perimedics had to be called.  Sad, there was only about 30 more minutes until the concert began.   Back at the hotel we popped open a bottle of Italian asti spumonti and enjoyed our last glow from the concert.  It was a wonderful concert with the ‘boys’.
Linda & Mike Hoen (thank you Linda and Mike for the lovely m/g photos!)

From Betty – New Orleans! – Detroit, March 16 & Chicago, March 18

Starting with the Fox Theatre, the evening was truly a notte magica.  The theatre being a magnificent structure in itself only added to the wonder of the night with the boys’ thrilling performance.  As we, Jana, Chris, Lorna and I were seated in front and so close to where they stood, we enjoyed every expression and nuance of their funny back and forth banter, as well as the emotions they expressed as they sang their beautiful arias and personal solos.  As always, two hours is never enough, but we comforted ourselves by thinking ahead to the second concert in Chicago. The Meet & Greet after the concert was delightful and we felt we took home a little something special even with the little time we were given with them.

I finally got to meet Marie, a lovely lady who deserves so much gratitude for what she has given us as The Flight Crew members.  Many thanks to her and all of her worker bees who provide us with information and updates.  I have made some lovely friends through the fan club and I am truly grateful.

Chicago Civic Theatre, though not as elaborate as the Fox, was also impressive – another worthy setting for Il Volo.  And again the guys spun their magic spell over us throughout the evening.   After the M&G, besides having another sweet picture taken with them, we four sat around and again shared our treasured moments with them and discussed how they thrilled us and the audience with every song.  Of course, we each have our favorite and we had several conversations about their individual and collective abilities. Their love and dedication to their music and their audiences shows up in every performance. I’m grateful to have attended several concerts both in Italy and the US and it is always that way. I plan to see them in Taormina, Sicily in June if all goes well.

To me Il Volo is a gift from God in a troubled world, and I do not think that any producer could have searched for such a trio on his own and put together a more gifted and refreshing set of young men to gladden our hearts.

Well Jana, I guess I could go on and on about the boys and the trip, but I’ll close for now – you are welcome to post any part of this or not if you choose to.  Buona notte!

‘Lottsa Ilvolove,

Betty

(Betty, hope you don’t mind, but we posted it all!)

 

 

From Allene!

The concert in Minneapolis was all I had expected and a whole lot more.  Our guys looked magnificent and were in excellent voice.  The Midwest audience was a little more laid back than earlier audiences and did not do as many standing ovations that I thought they deserved.  And the M&G was the usual rush, rush which always turns me into an idiot, but I loved every minute of it, and can’t wait for the NEXT time.
Have a great day, Leelee, and thank you so very much.
Il Volo Love ~ Allene
A few photos from Joanie G from the LA concert!
My friend took bunches of photos, but my new phone doesn’t cooperate. Here is only one. When Placido came on stage the sudience went wild. Our seats were a little bit too far back so we relied on the side screens. The acustics were super great. Mt friend sharon sold her extra 3 tickets so we had three people who had never been to an Il Volo concert before. The were enchanted. As usual the traffic in L.A. was awful. There was a game on at the Staplews center and it is just across the street from the Microsoft. We fought the crowd and got to our seats just in time. I have never heard our boys sound so strong. Each solo sent me into orbit. 1 joanMy friend Sharon and I stayed in a motel only one mile from the concert. The others drove home. We all live 47 miles from L.A. so it is quite a drive. Before the show we had dinner at a famous Chinese restaurant in China Town. There were pictures of movie stars all over the walls. Back to our room we toasted the boys with a good Italian wine and on to the concert. This may be my last as It was my 88th birthday. That’s OK. I have wonderful memories of this outstanding event. I have lots of photos, but can only send one at a time. 1 joan 2I think I will throw this phone as far as I can. Hugs to all of you my friends.
Here are the other two photos of our concert trip. jg2Notice I have my flightcrew badge on. We had dinner here at the famous Chinese restaurant in china Town L.A. Joanie Gjg1

 

 

 

 

 

From Janet Dong!  Las Vegas and San Jose!

I have been a fan of Il Volo since 2012 when I first saw them on their PBS Detroit special.  I became aware of the Flight Crew last year at the Las Vegas fan faire and have been reading the page daily since then.  First of all thanks for all the hard work in keeping us up to date with Il Volo’s music, concerts and lives. 

My sister and I were in Las Vegas  for their concert.  She and I had been to their 2016 Las Vegas concert just exactly one year before this one.  It was her first exposure to them and she was blown away.  So I did not have much trouble talking her into coming with me this year for Notte Magica.  There were many Flight Crew members there and I am sure there will be other reviews of the concert that will be better written than I would be able to do, so I will leave it to them to review the concert.  But I did want to talk just briefly about the pre concert.  We were excited about the evening and got carefully dressed and ready for the evening.  We made our way to the casino and we were walking toward the d.Vino restaurant for dinner with the Flight Crew , and who did I see strolling right toward us!  I think I muttered “oh my gosh!” and in a few seconds Mr Gaetano Barone was right in front of us.  I said “hello Mr. Barone”.  He stopped when he heard his name and I showed him my Flight Crew badge with the guys photo on it and said something like  “I love Il Volo”.  He smiled and held out his hand and we shook hands.  I turned to my sister and introduced her to him and he held out his hand to her.  She is standing there wondering “who is this guy,” and I say “This is Piero’s father.”  Immediately her eyes opened wide and gave him a big smile and they shook hands.   Then I said “ are you enjoying the tour?”  to which he said “I don’t speak English.“   Guess he has had to learn to say that. janet gae So we ask if we can take a picture and showed him the camera and he says sure.  He was very sweet and patient and he even smiled a bit for the camera.  Them I say “Thank you” and my sister has the presence mind to say  “Grazie”.  Shoot!  why did I not think of that , or as a matter of fact say “Ciao” when I first saw him.  Guess I suffered from the all to well known ailment knows as struck dumb.   After that we both went on our way.  I have never done a M&G and so this was the first real meeting of anyone in the entourage.  We were pretty excited.  The rest of the evening was really special.  A good dinner , meeting Flight Crew members and then the amazing concert.
Then 2 days later I went to the concert in San Jose. This time with my husband, Daughter and son-in-law.   My daughter and I went to the San Jose concert last March and she loved them and their music and was eager to go again.  My husband had heard all their music because I play it so much around our house, but he had never been to a concert.  Our son-in-law was somewhat familiar with Il Volo, but had also never seen them in person.  I was hoping they would enjoy it as much as i knew I would. The San Jose Civic is attractive outside with a southwest look.  But inside not much to write home about .   No comparison to the theaters in New York and Detroit.  It is basically a big, plain auditorium with main floor , some mezzanine seats and also a balcony.  But the stage seemed fine, big enough for this event and they had the beautiful red curtains surrounding the orchestra.  I had thought they were traveling with the same orchestra on the tour, but I noticed the concert master and cello sections had different players.  This time we had great seats.  In Las Vegas we were in the second seating section on the right of the stage and the guys were on the left.  In San Jose we were in the 9th row on the left and the guys microphones were right in front of us.  It looked like a very full if not sold out house.  When the guys came on stage there was thunderous applause and many people standing to greet them.  They went through their songs and repertoire as in Las Vegas , but this time being up so much closer I could see the expressions of their faces, the closed eyes when they were singing parts of their solos, and their hand gestures.  They were are the top of their game.  All their voices were clear and powerful and the harmonies impeccable.  They sounded absolutely wonderful! and got a standing ovation from at least half of the center section after each song.  Somehow it seemed to me they were looser and more relaxed than in Las Vegas, especially Igna who ad-libbed some stuff and then cracked himself up afterward and collapsed on Gian’s shoulder laughing.. At one point Gian gave him the signal to be more serious and they straightened up for the next song.  It was funny that during  “O Sole Mio,” which they must have sung a million times, during one of Igna’s solo parts he sang one or two words wrong I guess because he started kind of  laughing and corrected himself, and Gian reacted by putting his hand over his face and shaking his head. Then they all kind of smiled and laughed and the audience loved it.  Even the conductor seemed relaxed, and had a pretend little sword fight with Igna with his baton.  Lots of fist bumps after songs, lots of smiling and the guys received roses from one fan in the front row.  Of course a standing ovation at the end of the concert, and I even noticed my husband and son-in-law standing for other songs like Grande Amore and No Puede Ser.  I did not take any photos as they told us none would be allowed and the usher on our aisle was vigilant about policing her area.  But glad to see that some people got photos and have put them online.    Ah , what a night.  I could not have been more perfect.  My 3 guests thanked me profusely for the concert and really  had a good time.
Now lucky me, my husband and I will be in Italy in May.  That month chosen partly because the weather should be good, but mostly because Il Volo would be there.  We will be in the 9th row in Verona on May 20, hopefully on the left in front of the guys, but I cannot exactly tell by looking at my tickets.  But it should be unforgettable in the 2000 year old arena with Il Volo.  Then we will have to wait patiently until their next album is out and maybe another tour by 2019.

A week before Las Vegas I got my one and only tattoo!

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Janet – Awesome review, Janet!!

From Linda from Foxwoods Concert on March 11, 2017!

To Il Volo flight crew- a note.  I was more than absolutely delighted to have been at Il Volo’s Notte Magica concert in Connecticut last Saturday, March 11th,2017.  I have had my front row tickets for three month waiting in high anxiety and anticipation for the day to finally come.  Although I have all the DVDs and all the CDs, including the ones in Spanish (I do not know Spanish) but still am able to feel the emotion.  And there was so much emotion  from  mia trez ragazzi that I felt I was in a dream.  I was delighted that they did Grande Amore!  All of their Arias were done so well, as were their other  selections.  Their voices continue to amaze me.  I still have images of their performances on ‘Ti Lascio una canzone” from 2009 or even Piero appearing on an Italian interview singing on his piano at his home the same year.  I do not know what else to say, except the performance will stay with me forever.  There is no one else like them, they are unique and wonderful.  The ‘Maria’ episode with Ignazio was great and very funny as were their jokes among themselves.  I may never be able to go to another concert as I am in need of two total knee replacements (hence I could not give them  deserved standing ovations) but I kept my hand over my heart with respect and love for them.  My friend gave them the three silkroses I brought due to my not being to walk over to them at the finale.  I also handed a birthday bag to a staffer for Gianluca filled with individual portions of Nutella and a birthday card with a poem I had written for him.  I really hope he got it.  Well, that is it.  I have lots of love for them and listen to their DVDs and CDs and U-tube on the internet between 4-6 hours every day. Their music is so much better  than food and, yes, I keep losing weight because of them and  am taking Italian lessons as well.  Buona Sera.  Grazie mille for these three  idols of mine.   Sincerely, Linda A. Goldblith.

 

From Julie Bernache – Foxwoods!

Joy!  Pure joy soared from the stage at Foxwoods Grand Theater as Il Volo’s first notes were heard.  We knew we were going to fly to Italy this evening.  The guys were classy, up-beat and enchanting.  They introduced us to Maestro Joseph Modica from Sicily.  They sang most of the favorites from the Florence Concert also including Caruso and Grande Amore.  After a lovely rendition of Maria, Ignazio did a very funny bit about trying to find Maria.  They also said that Maestro Modica did not speak Sicilian.  He said he spoke only Italian (in Italian).  Of course we were then treated to some more of Iganzio’s Sicilian-American.  There were two orchestral selections performed during the concert instead of an intermission.  The guys were just amazing.  Many standing “O’s”.

The M&G was very well attended.  I talked to Piero first and mentioned the Flight Crew.  When he heard that, he told Gianluca and Ignazio “she’s Flight Crew”.  That produced some great hugs.  Fabulous evening!  
Julie Bernache      
 

Ok, folks, there you have it!!  These were all the personal posts we received that were in addition to what we originally were sent a few months back!  I think there may be one or two more that I didn’t post here, so if you did not see yours posted, please let us know at FlightCrew.NotteMagica2017@gmail.com.

If you are going to any of the European concerts, we’d still love to hear from you – same scenario, please send to email address above.

Jeannette – can’t wait to hear ALL of your stories!!  Of the “Fabulous Five!”  🙂

Ok, one final gesture….or two?  Our favorite new conductors! (Credit to owner)

Il Volo Professional ~~ Una Notte Magica Tour 2017: Saying Goodbye in Atlanta

So the North American leg of this world tour came to an end in Atlanta.  I hear that the staff there was very strict on filming, so there isn’t much to share from that event, but they did say, “Goodbye.” 

 

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Good Bye!

 

Il Volo Professional ~~ DC and CT

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STRAIGHT TO YOU FROM ALEXANDRIA, VA (WHAT, PIERO?).  IT’S MARYLAND!  TOO CUTE!

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Grazie Washington 🇺🇸

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Massimo Messina, good friend of Il Volo, posted a couple of pictures of the concert.  Thank you, Massimo for sharing!

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There is no sound in the beginning, but you get the idea.  Thanks, LisaJoy for posting Piero’s video.

 

NEXT STOP – FOXWOODS!

Il Volo wants to know:

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Silly question!! Of course we are!!  Just listen to the crowd!!

 

Just a reminder.  We want to hear from you!  If you are attending these concerts, and you want to share with the rest of the Flight Crew, please send your experiences and/or photos/videos to flightcrew.nottemagica2017@gmail.com.


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CHICAGO ATTENDEES!

If you are attending the Chicago concert, one of our Flight Crew members, PAT, out of the kindness of her heart, made silicone wristbands in remembrance of the beautiful evening you all will be sharing on Saturday, March 18th.  If you would like one of these wristbands (and I can’t think of a reason you wouldn’t) she will be seated in the front row to the right of the stage.

IMPORTANT! Please bring your Flight Crew badge to show her and she will gladly provide you a wristband.

~ Leelee