Il Volo (“Soaring”)

The trio is named Il Volo

PBS “Spotlight” Producer Paul Larson interviewed them in 2013, and then again in 2020.

The three boys — Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble — met in 2009 as solo artists when competing on an Italian televised singing competition (“Ti lascio una canzone“, which was canceled in 2015 after 8 seasons). 

The creator and executive producer of the show, Roberto Cenci, had the idea to put them together and create a trio similar to The Three Tenors (Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti). 

Il Volo’s founder, Roberto Cenci, envisioned a trio similar to The Three Tenors (Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti). 

After exploring different names, their team eventually landed on ”Il Volo” (often direct-translated as ”The Flight”, while ”Soaring” might be more accurate). 

Their singing style is called “Bel Canto” in Italy (beautiful singing”). They describe their genre as “popera”.

While touring in Los Angeles, they were “discovered” by singer-songwriter and music producer Tony Renis who put them together with Geffen Records’ Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair. That lead to them becoming the first Italian artists to sign directly with an American recording label and were repped by manager Michele Torpedine.  Torpedine later (2019) produced the concert movie Il Volo, 10 Anni Insieme, Concerto da Matera.

Prior to managing Il Volo, Michele Torpedine looked after the careers of Bocelli, Zucchero, Giorgia, Antonacci.

Il Volo recorded their first studio album (2010) at the Abbey Road Studios in London, notable for being synonymous with the legendary work of The Beatles. The album and trio were promoted (2011) on American Idol, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Early Show, and the series finale of the HBO hit series Entourage

They earned Top10 on Billboard 200, topped the Classical Albums chart in the USA and entered the top ten in Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Austria. Il Volo is big as well in Mexico, Singapore, Argentina, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Spain, and, of course, their home country Italy. 

A viral video from a 2011 live performance by Il Volo on German entertainment program ZDF-Fernsehgarten was miscaptioned in social media as “showing the children of the Three Tenors singing”.]

Il Volo has had songs written for them by the likes of songwriting Hall-of-Famer Diane Warren; shared stage with a dazzling array of 80 artists and performers on Quincy Jones’ charity collaboration We Are the World: 25 for Haiti; performed in concert with Barbra Streisand, and sung with Plácido Domingo and Eros Ramazzotti. They represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 where they won the ”People’s Choice vote but ultimately placed 3rd

Il Volo performed the theme song ”Luna Nascosta” to the Mexican-American film “Luna Escondida” (Hidden Moon), by director José Pepe Bojórquez, with Wes Bentley and Linda Gray in the cast. 

Piero Barone grew up in a musical environment and credits his blind maternal grandfather, Pietro Ognibene, as the person who first discovered, encouraged and nurtured his talent from the age of 5. 

Gianluca Ginoble shares a similar background: 

”Also for me my grandpa has been fundamental, at home he was the one who was a music lover. My success changed the life of the whole family: my parents quit their jobs so as to support me, they alternate in the travels” Ginoble said to Vanity Fair.  

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