In this day and age, it seems that a new musical group emerges with a hit on almost a monthly basis. They live off that one hit for a while, but inevitably their lack of talent becomes too glaring to ignore and they disappear into oblivion.
That is not going to be the case with the very talented Italian sensation Il Volo.
Formed in 2009, the group consists of three gifted young men – Piero Barone (20), Gianluca Ginoble (19) and Ignazio Boschetto (19) – whose self-proclaimed motto has always been “Three Voices, One Soul.”
The group first gave the world a glimpse of things to come in their native Italy on the wildly popular music variety show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” when they performed their now world-famous rendition of “‘O Sole Mio.” Such was the effect of their performance that it lead to their first record deal with Universal Music Group, and they released their first, self-titled album in 2010 – an album they recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
Il Volo released their second album titled, We Are Love, in 2012, which featured a more pop-centric sound than their earlier works, yet still carried their characteristic classical and operatic style. With musical accompaniment by the renowned Czech Symphony, the album included unique renditions of classics such as Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” and U2’s “Beautiful Day,” as well as a duet with the great Plácido Domingo on “Il Canto” and Eros Ramazzotti on “Cosi.”
In addition to their world-wide success, the trio has made several appearances on American and international television, including performances on “American Idol,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America” and popular specials on PBS. Thus far, Il Volo has had a very successful year, as they were awarded the Billboard Latin Pop Albums Artists of the Year.
The trio did their first-ever performance Tuesday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn., and although it wasn’t quite sold-out, the show proved to be a massive success. The show lasted two hours, and it truly was two-hours long, as there were no intermissions. They showcased fan favorites such as “‘O Sole Mio,” “E La Vita Mia” and “Smile.”
They performed music both as an ensemble, and also as individuals, honoring their favorite musicians. Last year, Il Volo accompanied the incomparable Barbra Streisand on tour, and performed an absolutely captivating rendition of her trademark song, “Memory.”
Il Volo truly enamored the crowd with their humble nature, which was present throughout. They were very funny onstage and displayed wonderful chemistry. All three of them were very stylish and elegant, and had a very succinct command of the stage. Further adding to their already warm reception in Nashville, all three members brought girls up on the stage and very tastefully serenaded them during their rendition of “Maria.” They also eagerly and gracefully reached out into the audience to shake the hands of their happy fans.
Their raw talent, classical training and sheer charisma all indicate to a very bright future for these young Italians, who through their unique blend of classical and modern musical sounds, are captivating the world one aria at a time.