After hitting headlines worldwide, the Italian phenomenon IL VOLO (‘the flight’ in English) finally comes to town to show off their incredible vocals in a magical night dedicated to Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti.
Three young, charismatic and sensual ragazzi – Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto (tenors) and Gianluca Ginoble (the baritone) – make up the pop-opera band that won the televote and reached third place in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. To discover more about their works and personality, What’s On talks to the Italian talents bringing opera to the masses.
Which country tends to give you the warmest reception?
Gianluca Ginoble: Other than our home, Italy, we have received an extremely warm reception in South America, with every concert sold out!
Do your concerts attract young people?
Piero Barone: I think the great thing about our concerts is that we have a mix of people of all ages! We have fans in the first row who are 14 and fans sitting next to them who are 75.
Ignazio Boschetto: Our fan group name is ‘ILVOLOVERS’!
What do you know about Ukraine and Ukrainians?
Piero Barone: My best friend is from Ukraine. He has told me so many great things about the country. Of course, he has also told me that Ukrainian girls are the most beautiful in the world, so I for sure will check it out!
Ignazio Boschetto. I have been told Ukraine has a very interesting and tasty cuisine. I cannot wait to try some Vareniki when I come!
What are your hobbies?
Ignazio Boschetto: I love tennis, cooking, and horses. I actually have my own horses back in Sicily, which I ride and take care of.
Piero Barone: For me, family is the most important thing. Unfortunately, I am not able to see my family often due to my schedule. However, I also love riding my jet ski in the sea in Sicily.
You dedicate your performance to the three great tenors. Do you feel a sense of responsibility because of this?
Piero Barone: I dreamt of singing with Placido Domingo on the same stage and I’m glad that my dream came true at the premiere of Notte Magica in Florence last year.
Gianluca Ginoble: We sing arias from Puccini’s Tosca and other famous operas, the world-famous composition O Sole Mio, and Frank Sinatra’s My Way. We try to inspire people with Italian culture and beautiful Italian music!
Italians say, “We Italians are all a bit crazy.” Is it true?
Ignazio Boschetto: I wouldn’t say we are crazy, we are just extremely passionate! This is why we use hand gestures so much!
What can you say to WO’s readers?
Piero Barone: We would like to invite all the readers of What’s On to our concert in Kyiv at Palats Sportu on 23 October! We want to be able to share a piece of Italy with you all and we plan to bring you a true Notte Magica (Magical Night).