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REVIEW: IL Volo delights a sold-out Atlantic City crowd


IL Volo, the popular Italian trio, recently performed their music at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.  The sold-out concert brought hundreds of screaming fans who gave numerous standing ovations to the group that puts their own twist on classic operatic songs. Photo: publicbroadcasting.net


Founded in 2009, the group consists of baritone Gianluca Ginoble along with tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto. For many years, the singers from Sicily, Bologna and Abruzzo have appreciated the sounds of Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo.  


The artists have described their music as “popera,” meaning it is a mix of pop music and classical singing. IL Volo have toured the world, been featured on many international television networks and took home two Latin Grammy Awards. In 2015, they won the Sanremo Music Festival and they represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.


In their short time together, IL Volo has released four albums and an EP. Three of their albums — including last year’s “Grande Amore” — hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts. Currently, they are captivating audiences on a 35-date North American tour. This is their first tour back in the United States since they were teenagers and opened for Barbra Streisand in 2012.


In Atlantic City, fans were treated to a lightshow as the orchestra played on one side of the stage while a rock band played on the other to accompany IL Volo during their performance. The concert kicked off with the album titled single “Grande Amore.” Event-goers—familiar with the group’s unique sound—sang along with many popular Italian hits, like Dean Martin’s “Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu, widely known as “Volare.” The singers joined together for duets and also had solos, with standards such as “Beautiful That Way,” “Memory,” and “IL Canto.”  


The birth of IL Volo was quite serendipitous. In 2009, Barone, Boschetto and Ginoble were among teens competing in an Italian television singing competition. Meanwhile, an Italian singer-songwriter and music producer in Los Angeles heard the teens and arranged for a meeting. Following that date with destiny, the three talented singers decided to join forces. Together the group began their music journey around the world.


The scope of their extraordinary sound continues to grow. Recently, Public Broadcasting Television (PBS) has been airing IL VOLO: LIVE FROM POMPEII, a unique look of their concert at the legendary ruins of Pompeii back in their beloved Italy. The amphitheater which was the site of the concert was originally built in 80 B.C. and buried in the historic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This famous site, located near present-day Naples, has not been used as the setting for a concert since Pink Floyd last performed there in 1972.


With their larger than life voices, fun-loving personalities and dedication to their profession, IL Volo continues to dazzle loyal fans while attracting droves of brand new listeners from around the globe. During their stop on the East Coast, the trio truly brought the energy, excitement, and passion of Italy to New Jersey for a memorable and entertaining evening.


Veronica Dudo is an award-winning journalist covering everything from breaking news to red carpet celebrity interviews. You can also catch Veronica on Me-TV.  Follow her on Twitter @VeronicaDudo and Facebook

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Photo: publicbroadcasting.net