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Il Volo boys are happily becoming men

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016

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With each of them now past 20, the members of Il Volo feel more like men than boys.

And the Italian classical vocal trio feels like its music reflects that.

"When we started we were three babies, kids, big voices, and it was interesting to people," baritone Gianluca Ginoble, ??, says by phone from Connecticut. "Now I think we really need to show people we have a lot to give, you know? We can do more." In other words, Il Volo is no mere gimmick.

Ginoble and mates Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto have largely established that during the past six years, since the three were discovered as contestants in an Italian singing contest. Il Volo has release four albums and an EP, toured the world, become a favorite on PBS and won two Latin Grammy Awards. They also represented Italy in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, placing third.

Three of Il Volo's albums -- including last year's "Grande Amore" -- hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts, and Ginoble credits the success to the fact that the trio is genuine.

"People love when we sing in Italian and sing classical Italian songs," he explains. "A lot of singers try to sing in Italian, but they are not Italian. I don't want to say any names, but a lot of singers sing this kind of music, but you have to feel it. You must be Italian to sing and feel this kind of music.

"There's a great power of the Italian culture all around the world. If you go to Japan, they love Italian music. In Australia, they love Italian music. The United States...What about Dean Martin? What about Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Vic Damone? They're all Italian. So when people hear three young men singing this kind of music, it's something unusual, but it's something they love, too."

Il Volo's next project is ambitious; the group will be joining opera great Placido Domingo for a special concert during May in Spain, recreating Domingo's Three Tenors repertoire with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras. For Ginoble that means taking an extensive crash course in opera singing, but he welcomes the challenge and predicts it will only broaden Il Volo's music moving forward.

"It's not easy, but we have Placido Domingo as our mentor, so you can't do better than that," Ginobole says. "I'm pretty confident. I'm excited but not nervous. It's my passion, and I would like to do this forever, for all my life. We have to work hard, but we are young. We have all the time in the world to study and learn and do more. So we're happy to do this, to do anything we have to."

Il Volo

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $39.50-$125.

Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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