October 22, 2011

Il Volo Live in Concert to be Filmed By Detroit Public Television

Il Volo Live in Concert to be Filmed By Detroit Public Television October 27 at Detroit Opera House

Show to Premiere on Detroit Public TV on December 7 at 8pm
National PBS airing to begin March 3, 2012

Italian heartthrobs Il Volo, the three Teenage Tenors who are in the midst of a hugely successful 17-city Live Nation US concert tour, will be filming their live show at Detroit's famed Opera House on October 27th, it was announced today by Detroit Public Television. The show will be produced by famed Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, and Il Volo's managers, Michele Torpedine (who discovered Andrea Bocelli) and Steve Leber, are executive producers. The show will be part of their local pledge drive. DPTV is a viewer supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market in Southeast Michigan and over a thousand communities in Canada. It is a leading national producer and distributor of PBS fundraising programs.

"We are excited and proud to be producing this concert for national distribution with our partners at PBS and the Michigan Opera Theatre," says Detroit Public TV's President and General Manager, Rich Homberg.

Il Volo - Piero Barone 18, Ignazio Boschetto 17 and Gianluca Ginoble 16 have been receiving unanimous raves for their vocal talent and showmanship. "If you've never heard them sing 'O Solo Mio' or other classics in their rep, then be prepared to be blown away," raved NY's Daily News. "Il Volo wring every ounce of emotion from the classical-crossover material on their self-titled debut, then find just a bit more to extract," commented The Village Voice.

Their self-titled Geffen Records debut produced by Grammy Award winning producer Humberto Gatica (Josh Groban, Michael Buble) and Tony Renis landed at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart upon its release and has sold over a half million copies globally. Il Volo has appeared on several TV shows since their May release including American Idol, The Today Show, Ellen, Leno, The Talk as well as the final episode of HBO's Entourage. Their astonishing vocal talent was first heard on the Italian hit TV show, "Ti Lascio Una Canzone (Leaving You A Song)."

Source: PR Newswire

Il Volo adjusting to 'scary' success

Kids today - what do they know about opera?

Thanks to Il Volo, the answer could possibly be "quite a bit" someday.

The Italian ensemble, a trio of teenage tenors, is one of the most surprising and fast-rising crossover acts of the year. In May, its debut album "Il Volo," (Italian for "The Flight") came out stateside, landing at No. 10 on the Billboard charts.

That month, the operatic pop group performed on the season finale of "American Idol," and this summer it made a cameo on the series finale of "Entourage." On its first North American tour, the trio already is playing venues as large as the Milwaukee Theatre just a month after its first full concert.

"It was a little bit scary," Il Volo's Piero Barone, 18, said of kicking off the tour. "But when we have a beautiful audience, everything is easy. But we have to study, study, study, always study."

The baby-faced boy band with the manly voices is collecting older fans, the sort of loyal PBS viewers who generally appreciate the Italian arts. (Il Volo will have a PBS special in March).

But in a surprising change for the genre, a young female following - the kind you'd expect for Justin Bieber and the JoBros - is expressing interest in the romantic heartthrobs with the velvety voices, even though Il Volo's single is a 100-year-old-plus opera staple, "O Sole Mio." (It is, admittedly, a knockout performance.)

When Tap Milwaukee took to Twitter to solicit questions for Barone, some of the smitten inquiries included, "Where do you get your stylish glasses?" and "Are you dating anyone?" from fan Madison Field. (The answers, Madison, are Italian eyewear company Luxottica and, "I don't have a girlfriend, but remember: Always single, never alone.")

"We thought our music was only for the people over 40 years old, . . . but our goal was to bring our music to the young generation, because they don't know this kind of music," Barone said. "If you know this kind of music, you fall in love with it."

Barone himself fell in love with it at age 3 when his blind grandfather, Pietro Ognibene, would play classic Italian albums for him.

In 2009 Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, 17, and Gianluca Ginoble, 16, auditioned for the Italian talent show "Ti Lascio Una Canzone." A producer suggested they join forces, and as a result, they formed Il Volo, won the show and, soon after, a record deal with Universal Music Group.

It's a meteoric rise for Barone, who just a few years ago was an anonymous teen in Sicily, the son of an auto mechanic, who loved singing but, like the others in Il Volo, had no formal training.

"I miss my family, I miss my sister, my brother," Barone said. "But I know what I am doing. I am building my future. It is what I always dreamed."

Source: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/il-volo-adjusting-to-scary-success-132318373.html

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