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Il Volo's enjoying the love for what it does

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Just because they sing classical and operatic music doesn’t mean the three teenage members of Il Volo are exempt from the benefits of other boy groups.

“The girls — there are so many!” notes spinto tenor Piero Barone, 18, who hails from Sicily while bandmate Gianluca Ginoble, 16, a baritone, comes from Teramo and lyric tenor Ignazio Boschetto, 17, was raised in Bologna. “It’s a surprise because when we started this, we thought our music would be liked by people (who were) 30, 40 years old. We never believed that the younger generation would like it.

“But the young girls like our music. They’re crazy for this kind of music.”

And Barone and company have no complaints about that. “Better to see the girls than the old people, no?” he says with a laugh.

Il Volo was formed in 2009, after the three young singers competed in a singing competition show — which Ginoble won — on Italy’s RAI TV network. So far the group has released a debut album, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the classical chart. The trio also performed on “We Are the World 25 for Haiti,” made a guest appearance on the series finale of HBO’s “Entourage” and will release a four-song holiday EP before the end of the year. Il Volo will also be taping a PBS special later this month in Detroit.

“We want to bring our music, a piece of Italy and ourself, all over the world — this is our goal,” says Barone, who learned to sing from his grandfather. “You know, this kind of music is not opera. We don’t sing ‘Nessun Dorma.’ We don’t sing ‘La boheme.’ We don’t sing ‘Tosca.’ We sing pop songs. We sing classical songs. We sing Italian traditional songs like ‘O Sole Mio,’ ‘Il Mondo,’ ‘Un Amore Cosi Grande.’

“This is wonderful, beautiful music, so it’s something we can sing to everybody.”

Il Volo performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $75, $45 and $25. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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