IL Volo at Foxwoods ~ Concert Review

IL Volo brought their Notte Magica Tour 2017 to Foxwoods Resort Casino at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Reservation in Connecticut on March 11, 2017. Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble sang in the “bel canto” style raising spirits and hearts under an icy full March moon. Maestro Joseph Modica conducted a 45-piece orchestra in a two-hour musical Italian extravaganza! The sumptuous cardinal red curtains rose to a full house of admirers in the Grand Theater. The audience looked at them at first with attention and then affection in a terrific performance.

The show opened with the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” setting the tone for a classical, operatic performance in homage to The Three Tenors. IL Volo received the blessings from the original tenors to continue their goal of bringing beautiful music to everyday people. The magical night was infectious. A patron in the next seat from Saratoga NY had never seen or heard the trio. She came with a friend to get out of town for the weekend. The enchantment of IL Volo swept her up on her feet for every ovation from the crowd.

The play list for this performance is on the CD “IL Volo with Placido Domingo, A Tribute to the Three Tenors”, published September 2016 by Sony Classical Records. The concert with Placido Domingo was recorded live in Florence. Unfortunately, a CD can never capture the charisma of the artists. In person, the trio have a relaxed and confident presentation. Even their walk is light and casually elegant. The song and the music flow together flawlessly. Maestro Modica notably held back the orchestra to allow the singer to give it all to the moment. The ensemble music of IL Volo has the power to heal old hurts, raise joyful energy and excite the libido. These guys are young, handsome men, gorgeously decked out in the finest Italian suits.

A highlight of the show is “Grande Amore”. They won the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in 2015 with this song. IL Volo bring their energy up and sing with great pride. This is their song, they love it and the intensity is breathtaking. Other crowd favorites are the Italian lament, “Caruso”, the sweet Spanish song, “Cielito Lindo” and, the finale, from La Traviata, “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici.

A tip of the hat to Ginoble for his solo of Rossini’s “La Danza”. He deftly kept pace with the rhythmic lively song based on the traditional southern Italian tarantella. Ginoble is known for his suave, smoky crooning baritone. This tempo is a challenge and this night, he was splendid.

The best way to appreciate Boschetto’s solo performances are to close the eyes and let his voice surround the body. He sings the aria, “Una Furtiva Lagrima”, from Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore”. Boschetto captures the sensual awakening of Nemorino to the wonders of affection returned. His tenor is expressive and emotional. He sings with crisp diction and round, tall vowels. Boschetto’s voice finds it’s way into the tender places inside the listener. However, he goes from serious to flamboyant easily. In a jocular voice, a patron said, “that guy, the tall guy, my nonna woulda called him diavoletto. I mean you could see the little horns coming out from under his hair. Cheeky flirt.” Boschetto has a strong presence on stage and as the show rolls on, builds more and more power into his voice.

In Chinese Astrology, this is the Year of the Rooster. Barone was born into this sign and on stage displays the confident fire of this bird. Gone are his trademark red glasses and crucifix. While exiting the venue, a patron with a lilt in his voice said, “impressive, impressive, he’s just standing there all easy and it comes out like that. It doesn’t look like he’s trying but the voice just wraps around me. I got chills. You know he works hard at that, but I don’t see the effort!” Barone is most appreciated in a live performance. He’s developed his sumptuous tenor filling it with warmth and with every note says, I-Love-to-Sing-to-You. His Twitter profile conveys an acknowledgement of his gifts and what comes with that. “Music is made of all the passions of the world, the good singer chooses one of those and lives it again like nobody else.” Barone’s voice can touch the ear with the lightness of a feather and swiftly create a sensation of being lifted off the feet by the near brilliance of his tenor.

Orchestra Musicians Kevin Cruder Cello and Dana Ianculovici Violin

IL Volo are on tour in North America until early April. A full schedule is on their website, IL Volo Music. In late April, the European leg of Notte Magica begins. They have a busy year ahead with announced plans to travel to Japan and Australia in November. Barone said they have a hope soon to perform their “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae” for Pope Francis.

Written by Frances Ann Wychorski, March 13, 2017

Update: March 16, 2017

Viewers may read this article in Italian by clicking on this link. Many thanks to the IL Volo Italian Fan Club for providing the translation. Vi ringrazio molto!


Una Notte Magica ~IL Volo: Music without Walls

13450974_898547276940953_246444626540900406_nUNA NOTTE MAGICA – Tributo ai Tre Tenori, the latest CD from IL Volo is now available in retail outlets. The CD was recorded live on July 1, 2016 in Piazza Santa Croce Florence with Maestro Placido Domingo as guest conductor. Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble follow in the melodic footsteps of the original popera trio of Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti. Twenty-six years ago, The Three Tenors premiered their popular concert in America via Public Broadcast Service Television (PBS). In 2016, IL Volo pay homage to those who inspired them to become the international music stars they are today with A Magical Night: A Tribute to The Three Tenors.

The first time I saw IL Volo perform on PBS TV was in June 2012. They reminded me of The Three Tenors, as the repertoire was similar. The playlists for both feature operatic arias, Neapolitan songs and Broadway favorites. They are a young Italian version with two tenors and baritone singing in the Italian bel canto tradition. ILVolo cross genres as well as generations presenting a mixed musical experience of classical pop.

In a promotional interview with Cecelia Sharpe, WRCJ 90 9FM Detroit Public Radio August 24, 2016, Barone said, “the reason why we did this [Una Notte Magica] is because they have been our idols, we’ve grown up listening to them, so we decided to do this tribute to our idols, but, in a very humble way, because we don’t want to imitate them, because we cannot.” IL Volo are not opera singers they do not have the gravitas. Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti were at the height of their careers when they joined forces. An opera singer is at once an actor, singer and ensemble player. An opera is grand theater set to music typically in three acts. It is performed live with an orchestra and without microphones. The players rely on the acoustics of the theater and vocal projection to reach out to the audience. Barone said, “at our age, we don’t want to be professional opera singers, we just did this to remember that night.”

IL Volo’s strengths are charismatic live performers with the ability to establish rapport with an audience. Each of them has a passion for music along with integrity on stage. Their heritage gives them that sense of art, balance and beauty characteristic of their homeland. Italians are sensual people, emotionally mature and at ease in their own skin. IL Volo’s audience is complex with an appeal to a wide age range and across cultures. Their resume is impressive having toured as special guest artists with Barbra Streisand in 2012. Popular Italian artist and musician Eros Ramazzotti appeared on their sophomore CD, We Are Love, with his song “Cosi.” Domingo joined IL Volo on this CD with “Il Canto”. In 2014, they won Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year at the Latin Billboard Music Awards. A win at the prestigious Sanremo Festival in 2015 with “Grande Amore” written by Francesco Boccia brought fame in their homeland. A third place finish on Eurovision in May 2015 further gave exposure to a younger European audience increasing their popularity. The article, IL Volo Wins Sanremo 2015 by Francesca Bezzone provides insight into the drama that is this Italian music festival. They toured across the Americas and Europe from January until July of 2016. In the PBS Radio interview, Barone mentions a concert to be held at the Pavarotti Foundation in September. In November, IL Volo will be in Brazil appearing with the Supreme Songbird Mariah Carey for three concert dates.

The playlist on this new CD offers previously recorded material highlighted in bold text. Several tracks have only been performed in concert noted in italics.

Turandot: Nessun Dorma
Mattinata (from “West Side Story”)
L’elisir d’amore: Una furtiva lagrima
La danza
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
Torna a surriento
Core ‘ngrato
‘O paese d’o sole
Maria (from “West Side Story”)
My Way
‘O surdato ‘nnammurato
Cielito lindo
En aranjuez con tu amor
La tabernera del puerto: No puede ser
Non ti scordar di me
O sole mio
La Traviata – Libiamo ne`lieti calici
Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae
Adeste Fideles

The only song not recorded on an IL Volo album was Barone’s rendition of “Where Do I Begin.” He is a one-man band in this independent and innovative video. His plaid days seem far behind now that he performs routinely in Armani before a 30 piece orchestra.

13533158_909883502473997_750619870964570526_nThis live concert with 6,000 people in attendance, is supported by the Massimo Theater Orchestra of Palermo. Boschetto spoke of the emotional impact of the concert 26 years ago and the challenge of learning this new musical style while in the midst of an European concert tour. People who had been at the original Three Tenors Concert in 1990, were also in the crowd on this night in July 2016. Opera was born in the city of Florence adding to the special occasion. Boschetto’s performance was a wonderful surprise throughout the entire CD. Of the three, he is the most natural actor and able to bring an emotional note to his song. It takes time to develop the ability to express this. An aria out of context is a challenge. An opera singer is fully involved in the story when the song comes. The momentum builds towards it. Arias are emotionally charged with either anger, desire, betrayal, grief, confusion or love. Still, he brings passion to Donizetti’s “Una furtiva lagrima” (A Secret Tear) from L’Elisir di Amore (Love Potion). A personal favorite from The Three Tenors is Pavarotti’s Rondine al Nido. It is not part of IL Volo’s playlist this night. I think Boschetto might consider taking this one on. It’s graceful, plaintive and rich with Neapolitan poetic language. He’s got the patience and timing this song needs to build its sweetness. Click on this link to hear Pavarotti’s performance.

“Libiamo ne’Leiti Calici” from Verdi’s La Traviata, (The Fallen Woman) is a delightful moment on the CD.  The full chorus and symphony provide a musical experience closest to the sensation felt at a live opera. It’s wonderful to be present when all performers are playing their part. The waltz tempo and oompah in this drinking song are fun. Click on this link to review the recording made by Luciano Diegoli. I believe it is from the concert Barone refers to earlier. It is published on Sep 7, 2016 in Modena’s large square in homage to Luciano Pavarotti. Unfortunately, the soprano on this live recording is not on the CD.

14233084_958355077626839_6677795932621087665_nOpera is Barone’s forte. His voice continues to mature adding resonance and crispness to each note. In the We Are Love CD, he delivered a gasp during “L’Ultima Volta”. Domingo has that ability in his voice, the plaintive lament trembles right under the surface. I wonder if Barone found his inspiration to take this path seriously during the recording sessions. How often does a young man of 19 get to work with a bonafide opera star. Barone soaked in a bit and continues to expand his vocal skills. He needs to further develop the emotional quality of his voice. He does create an aura around himself when he begins his song. The liner notes in the CD speak of transcendence, “When asked to describe the emotion I felt onstage in Florence, this is what I reply: I only remember the deep breath I took before being bathed in light.” This young man is just beginning to tap into his great heart. A native of Naro Sicily, he brings forth all the mystery and baroque splendor in the narrow winding streets of his home town. And, like his city, he has a hill to climb before reaching his Castello di Chiaramonte.

A DVD of this concert was premiered on Detroit Public Television August 24, 2016. Fans can purchase the DVD from the webpage scheduled for release sometime in October. This is their 5th PBS special.

The Legacy of the Three Tenors

The premier concert of The Three Tenors was recorded in Rome on July 7, 1990. For an in-depth story of that phenomena click on this link and read the NPR Music article by Anastasia Tsioulcas How The Three Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game.

Barone makes an interesting comment on wishing to have met Pavarotti, “He was the perfect man at the perfect time to work with young people.” His statement resurrected a memory of Pavarotti performing at the Worcester, Massachusetts Centrum in 1985. A friend tells the story of having a ticket in the balcony section behind the stage. During the concert, the front section patrons were polite and clapped in a mild manner. Meanwhile, the crowd in the balcony cheered the power of his magnificent voice. Pavarotti turned away from the posh set and sang up to the hoi polli. A classic Pavarotti move. Nobody was better at reading an audience than the Maestro. He worked, toured and brought opera music out of the small theaters into large accepting crowds. Name another opera star that could fill Central Park in New York City. How many opera stars become a household name? What a great legacy is in the Pavarotti Foundation as it continues to support the next generation of artists.

Domingo equally worked at crossing boundaries of musical genres, not wanting to be confined by his great tenor voice to only opera. The first time I heard Domingo’s voice was on the duet with John Denver, “Perhaps Love”, a song written by Denver in 1981. Apparently, Domingo’s grandson brought IL Volo to his attention. He is passing the baton to the next generation of artists that want no boundary on their voices. “Many people began listening to classical music when Luciano, Jose and I performed The Three Tenors concerts. These three boys continue our idea.” Domingo fully endorses and supports IL Volo. Barone said, “our passion is the opera, we want to share with everybody our message, that this world doesn’t have walls. That’s what Pavarotti’s wife, Nicoletta Montovani, said. We did this project thanks to the support of the Pavarotti Foundation. Our message is what Pavarotti wanted to do before he died. Pavarotti and Friends worked with different artists from pop world, he broke the walls between opera music and pop music and wanted to bring opera music to everybody. So that’s what we wanted to do, to keep doing this message.”

All photo credits to Piero Barone



IL Volo Grande Amore International Version ~ Review

This oneThe newest CD from IL Volo, Grande Amore International Version is out. The Italian trio of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble have had an ambitious 2015. A win at Sanremo Music Festival in February. A third place technical finish, but a popular vote first place at Eurovision in May. They just put a wrap on a successful Italian Summer tour beginning in Rome and ending in Verona. A PBS TV Special, “IL Volo Live at Pompeii” is being aired in American markets. A concert schedule has been announced with tickets selling well for a 2016 tour in North America. They have made numerous appearances on Italian Television, and will be on the road promoting this new CD. It’s only October! Their artistic efforts are winning new fans at home. They have paid their dues and are in demand now.

This CD was purchased as part of a donation made to Detroit Public Television. The DVD of “IL Volo Live from Pompeii”, and bonus EP, “Sanremo Exclusive Edition” were included. The pledge of support was made in July during the airing of the concert on PBS. However, the gifts in kind did not arrive until September 15, 2015. Member Services sent out routine messages that the products would be shipped when available. The delay may have been caused by the release date of this CD as September 25. This little jewel was still in production when the order was placed. All items shipped at once.

The cover art features Gianluca loosening up his tie while Piero and Ignazio tussle on the sofa. A playful, provocative portrait with the trio decked out in Armani. IL Volo keep to their traditional format of presenting new songs, traditional Italian favorites, a show stopper or two, music for cinema, songs in English and a Spanish ballad. All the songs are presented ensemble in the genre, popular, Latin, and classical music, sung bel canto.

The English songs include two hits from the sixties. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”, originally an Italian composition by Pino Donnaggio and Vito Pallavicini. Dusty Springfield had a big hit with it in 1966. The Rolling Stone Magazine listed this as 49 on The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “Delilah” by Barry Mason and Les Reed was a hit for Tom Jones in 1968. It reached 15 on the Billboard Top 100. IL Volo give terrific high energy performances, rocking them right off the CD.

The show stopper may be the cover of the well-known Neapolitan song “Volare” or “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu” by Domenico Modugno. This was performed at Sanremo in 1958. It was Song of the Year and won Modugno a Grammy for Record of the Year. The musical arrangement is dazzling with skillfully played percussion and strings. It’s hard not to want to move to the energetic rhythms. What a wow! What fun!

A shout out to Paolo Valli, Ceseare Chiodo and Mattia Tedesco. They appear on 11 songs bringing an outstanding musical arrangement to each. The percussion and strings are the backbone of this CD. The meter shifts, movements, and bridges are smooth. The singers are well supported. A key strength on this CD is the harmonious blend of timing between singer and instruments. Nothing is rushed. The singers match emotion with emotion.

Grande AmoreoooOf all the compositions presented, three stood out as exceptional: “Per Te Ci Saro”, “Caruso”, “Beautiful That Way”. The songs are fun, passionate, and sweet. The weave of the voices with the music are IL Volo at their best here. Per Te Ci Saro(I’ll Be There for You) is an adaptation of the song “Heroes” by Sommerdahl, Fitzgerald and Horn originally sung by Japanese singer Ayaka Hirahara. IL Volo have a knack for finding popular songs and changing the arrangement to their forte. It’s smoothly done and stands out for complete musicality. Bravi a tutti.

IL Volo are dedicated to winning new fans with their sound. They have a habit for finding life in dusty old tunes. A song is never old, it just needs a little love to bring out the best in it. Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca bring texture, feeling and energy to all their songs. They sing from the heart and are dedicated to bringing what they have to the world. Now they have a signature song in “Grande Amore”. The theme of this CD is we are here, we are now and we are on the way up.

Look for the new CD on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Check out IL Volo Music for concert dates in 2016.

As written by Frances Ann Wychorski

Play List
1. Grande Amore
2. La Vita
3. Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)
4. Quando L’Amore Diventa Poesia
5. Per Te Ci Saro
6. Aspettero
7. L’Amore Si Muove
8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
9. Eternally
10. Si Me Falta Tu Mirada
11. Delilah
12. L’immensità (2015 Version)
13. Caruso
14. The Best Day of My Life
15. Beautiful That Way (La Vita È Bella)
16. Piove (2015 Version)

IL Volo Grande Amore International Version
Sony Music Latin
@2015 Sony Music Entertainment Italy
Release date September 25, 2015

IL Volo Sanremo Exclusive Edition, an Unofficial Autobiography in Song

Review of IL Volo Sanremo Exclusive Edition
Release date: September 2015

SRIL Volo reissued their “Sanremo Grande Amore” EP originally released, February 12, 2015, adding three new songs to the play list. The EP is certified double platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. The EP is now titled,Sanremo Exclusive Edition” part of a Deluxe Donor Package available on PBS Television. The package also includes a DVD of “IL Volo Live at Pompeii” and the new album, “Grande Amore International Version” released September 25, 2015. This unique EP is a thank you from IL Volo to fans for supporting public television. The Italian trio of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble won the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival 2015 with their presentation of “Grande Amore” (Great Love). The new songs are live solo performances. This EP now becomes the first unofficial autobiography in song of IL Volo as a bel canto trio and individual artists.

A review of the original EP is available on this blog: Romance Is Back! ~ Sanremo Grande Amore ~ IL Volo March 27, 2015

Italian Classical Song – Genre Bel Canto

The three new songs break away from the format of performed first at Sanremo Music Festivals and might seem to be randomly tacked on. IL Volo have had difficulty in fitting into a musical genre and mislabeled as pop, opera singers. In their first Detroit PBS TV special “IL Volo Takes Flight” recorded in February 2012, the singers called their genre classical pop primarily because they sing with a classical voice. The confusion begins in translation of the term, sing in classical style.

Perhaps it is more correctly termed bell’arte del canto or bel canto, an Italian singing style focused on beautiful song presentation which is their forte. The contemporary pop scene has many a talented singer, performer and song writer. But, the quality of sound, instrumentation and presentation are decidedly not classical. IL Volo may sing pop songs, but in a bel canto style.

The Italian press has criticized IL Volo for reinforcing a stereotypical norm of Italian music abroad. Their program is almost identical to that of the Three Tenors but IL Volo lack the gravitas. IL Volo cover established hits in English, Spanish and Italian, but include a new song or two with each CD. IL Volo found an audience first in North, South and Central America touring extensively from 2011 – 2014. It was the win at Sanremo with “Grande Amore” when success finally came on their home soil of Italy.

IV with MTThe confusion in what genre they belong to begins from the start of their public careers. They were three teenagers appearing as a solo performer on Ti Lascio Una Canzone with voices out of the normal range for their age. They formed the trio and their sound caught the attention of Tony Renis. Once under management with Michele Torpedine of MT Opera & Blues, their careers have been guided by the fact they sang with voices of men twice their age.

Now, at the tender ages of Piero 22, Ignazio 21 and Gianluca 20, they are veterans of the stage. They made a leap from talented young singers needing stage direction to polished pros in five quick years. They were the Three Tenors in reverse, touring and performing Neapolitan favorites of old, contemporary and Broadway songs, and the occasional operatic piece without the classical training. Perhaps they sang like men, but in every other way, they have behaved like young adults from Italy.

This updated EP struck me as a reflection of their career to date. “Grande Amore” is a new song. The next five are covers of popular Italian songs but perhaps new to the American audience. The three solo pieces best present them as individual artists and may foreshadow what may be.

Piero Barone ~ “E lucevan le stelle”

PBPiero’s voice is a dramatic rich tenor. He has mentioned he likes opera more than once. On a recent trip to New York City, he is filmed walking down the aisle of the Metropolitan Opera House. He speaks quietly but gazes about intently.

Piero sings Giacomo Puccini’s well-known aria for tenor, “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca. What a challenging aria to take on! This opera has been successful since the debut in Rome January 1900 and loved by many an opera fan. Piero is performing in the role of Mario Cavaradrossi. It’s a challenge because this is Act III. The momentum of the story would help the aria come out naturally full of loss and love. Piero doesn’t have that advantage and must find the passion within.

Mario was a happy itinerant painter when we first meet him. His nights are filed with the tempestuous Floria Tosca. But, he lives in troubled times. The Wheel of Fortune spins and he finds his life in ruins swiftly, his comrade is on the run, he is being tortured for information, and his beloved Tosca may have betrayed him. He is taken away to die and writes one last letter. He pauses in his grief and sings a most perfect aria.

“The stars were shimmering

The stars seemed to shimmer
The sweet scents of the garden,
The creaking gate seemed to whisper,
And a footstep skimmed over the sand.
Then she came in, so fragrant,
And fell into my arms!
Oh! sweet kisses, oh, languorous caresses,
While I, trembling, was searching
For her features, concealed by her mantle.
My dream of love faded away, for good!
Everything’s gone now.
I’m dying hopeless, desperate!
And never before have I loved life like this!
And never before have I loved life like this!

E lucevan le stelle

E lucevan le stelle
ed olezzava la terra
stridea l’uscio dell’orto
e un passo sfiorava la rena.
Entrava ella, fragrante,
mi cadea fra le braccia.
Oh! dolce baci, o languide carezze,
mentr’io fremente
le belle forme disciogliea dai veli!
Svani per sempre il sogno mio d’amore
L’ora e fuggita
e muoio disperato!
E non ho amato mai tanto la vita!
tanto la vita!

This is great poetry as many libretto are. Piero wants to capture the tremble of defeat, the remembrance of her sweet embrace and the despair of knowing it is over, his life is over. He has everything to live for and nothing can save him.

The aria is well performed technically. He has to tap into deep, complex emotions and bring them to life in song. If he wants to become an opera singer, he knows the task before him. The best are excellent actors, singers, and ensemble players. He needs endurance, wit and intelligence. Opera is live and does not have a microphone to project out to the last row. He would not be the first opera singer from his native Naro, Sicily. The last singer of note was Gero Rindone (1897-1952). And, like his town, he is perhaps a hidden pearl just waiting for his worth to be fully realized. Piero sings from the solar plexus. His power is being confident, self-disciplined, as well as a warmth of personality.

Too bad the critics don’t take into consideration that he is bringing one aria to an audience that might never otherwise hear it. He may open up an entire range of music to fans. By his presentation alone, they can name one of the best and start to appreciate all that makes Italy so unique in its celebration of art.

Ignazio ~ “Unchained Melody”

IgnazioIgnazio’s voice is a lyric tenor. He has perfect pitch. Physically, he is the tallest and most nimble on stage. He sings “Unchained Melody” by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the solo performance. The song was been recorded by several artists including The Righteous Brothers in 1965 reaching No 4 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. Ignazio tends to select dramatic popular songs that start soft, rise to a crescendo and cascade back to earth. He is finding his sound and stirring profound emotions in the listener. Of the three, he is the only one that was able to move me to tears during a Boston performance in September 2013. He is able to get subtle emotions into his vibrato and interpret the spirit of the song writer.

He is highly entertaining in song and in dance moving to his own inner rhythm. The solo recording almost captures his indescribable quality of charisma on stage. He plays and is in constant motion. His rendition of “Unchained Melody” gives him a vocal challenge, but he reaches the high C with ease.

His energy is in his spine. It is not stationery but moves up and down taking his sense of self with it. He and Piero often display a love you, whack you brotherly affection on and off stage. At times, the larking reflects back to their recent shift into a more sophisticated presentation. It is in those moments of bopping each other around, that the “kid” in them still comes through.

Gianluca Ginoble ~ “Anema e Core”

GGThe first time I heard this song was during broadcast on PBS of “IL Volo Live from Pompeii’ in August. GG’s voice is a lyric baritone. He has a natural purring vibrato with an ascending vocal that reaches the tenor range. Every year on the calendar gives his voice more nuance when he sings those sentimental songs in a soft voice. There’s always an audience for a crooner. “Anema e Core” or “With All My Heart and Soul” is a Neapolitan song written in 1950 by Salvatore d’ Esposito and Tito Manilo and covered by Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, and Perry Como. On this recording, GG sings some of the lyrics in Italian and some in English. This was a new song for me. He found this gem and polished it to near perfection for this EP. GG’s energy is in the throat. The voice of the body. His voice is his truth.

GG has been criticized for his quiet appearance on stage often without much facial expression. I have attended five concerts in three years, I can agree that he tended to fall back and stand alone. The last show I saw in Stamford CT, June 2014, he did better at standing and simply gazing out at the crowd. IL Volo have learned to look at us, try and catch our eye while on stage. This is a technique in showmanship that is endearing to fans. Given his young age, he may be focusing his energy on the song and its delivery. Modern pop singers tend to be loud, glitzy, and with a lot of movement around on stage. That’s not IL Volo’s style. They enjoy that disappearing leap into the dark at the end of each show, but that’s about it for flash.

GG engages how he can. He is the most prolific of the three with posting selfies on social media. He enjoys posing and finding the best angle for the photo. He enjoys shopping and being well-dressed. The guy is young but becoming sophisticated before our eyes. In many ways, he is a throwback to a more suave type of performer, the like not seen today. Besides, the crooning music isn’t meant for listeners to watch him, it’s made for couples to watch each other. This is music for lovers. GG’s smooth as silk voice in the background can get that champagne cork popped in no time.

IL Volo “Sanremo Exclusive Edition”, new fans of the trio might want to add this to their collection. It’s gorgeous, fresh, and very Italian. As with most musical artists, to know who they are, simply listen. IL Volo are new, traditional and classical all at once. They are Italian artists singing in the bel canto style.

As written by Frances Ann Wychorski


Fans can find “Sanremo Exclusive Edition” from their PBS TV Station. I’ve included a link to the WGBH Boston webpage. I have not found it for sale separately but would advise fans be on the lookout through sources such as Amazon or Ebay.

For more information about IL Volo and their music, click on the link to their updated webpage. IL Volo Music

Photo Credits to IL Volo, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble Instagram Accounts

IL Volo “Sanremo Exclusive Edition” @2015 Sony Music Entertainment USA Latin LLC

IL Volo at the Wang Theater Boston ~ February 2016

IV fabulousIL Volo are coming to the Wang Theater, Boston MA February 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from Ticketmaster, Wang Theater web page, the box office on Tremont Street or by calling 800-982-2787.

On August 8, IL Volo posted the US Concert Tour 2016 for North America on their Facebook page with two stops in New England. #‎IlVoloUStour2016‬

  • On February 10, 2016 – CITI Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre on Tremont Street, Boston MA
  • On February 12, 2016 – Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford CT

IL Volo have been performing and recording for six years. The Italian bel canto trio of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, won the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival 2015 with their presentation of “Grande Amore” (Great Love).

IL Volo came together as a trio after appearing on the popular Italian TV program, Ti Lascio Una Canzone (Leave You a Song). The musical variety show brings on talented children between the ages of 7 and 15 to perform popular and contemporary Italian songs. The producer thought their voices might blend well together and the teenage group was formed.

IL Volo have paid their dues on lengthy tours in North, South and Central America. IL Volo have recorded four television specials with the Public Broadcasting Service and toured as special guest artists with Barbra Streisand in 2012.

In 2014, they won the Latin Billboard Award, Best Group of the year in Latin Pop Albums category. The video, “Grande Amore”, has topped almost 40 million views. IL Volo are managed by Michele Torpedine of MT Opera and Blues, Bologna Italy.


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