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Il Volo Takes Flight

Airs Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Italian heartthrobs Il Volo — Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble —soar in their premiere PBS special filmed at Detroit’s famed Opera House.

Italian heartthrobs Il Volo Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble — have been receiving unanimous raves for their vocal talent and showmanship. Since their May 2011 debut in the U.S., the three "Teenage Tenors" have appeared on “American Idol,” “The Tonight Show,” “Ellen,” “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America,” among others, and their single, “O Solo Mio,” has been viewed by more than a million fans on YouTube. Already certified platinum in their homeland, Italy, and several other countries, they have captured the hearts of Americans of all ages.

Italian heartthrobs Il Volo — Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble —soar in their premiere PBS special filmed at Detroit’s famed Opera House.
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Above: Italian heartthrobs Il Volo — Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble —soar in their premiere PBS special filmed at Detroit’s famed Opera House.

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Il Volo, meaning “flight,” was chosen as their name because these three young men were about to spread their wings. Now viewers can watch them soar in their premiere PBS special filmed at Detroit’s famed Opera House on October 27, 2011.

They took the audience by storm during the live concert taping, singing operatic, pop and Italian classics that showcased their vocal talent as well as their interpretive gift for music.

Backed by a 49-piece orchestra and five-piece rhythm section, Il Volo’s versions of “O Sole Mio,” “Il Mondo” and “E Più Ti Penso,” a medley of Ennio Morricone songs from the soundtracks to "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Malena," and the Charlie Chaplin song, “Smile,” brought the audience to their feet.

A touching moment came when the boys serenaded their tearful mothers with the popular Italian song “Mamma.” The trio continued their magic with the well-known Neopolitan song, “Funiculì, Funiculà” with audience members clapping and singing along.

A favorite contestant from “American Idol’s" Season 10, Pia Toscano, joined in to sing and dance to a brand new Diane Warren original, “La Luna Hizo Esto”; world-class guitarist Milos Karadaglic accompanied the group to introduce the song “Granada.”

Il Volo is on Facebook, and you can follow @ilvolo on Twitter. Watch Il Volo videos on their YouTube Channel.

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Preview: Il Volo Takes Flight

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Above: Italian heartthrobs Il Volo, comprised of the three "Teenage Tenors" Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, showcase their vocal talent and showmanship at Detroit's famed Opera House.

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Il Volo performs "La Luna Hizo Esto" with Pia Toscano

Above: A favorite contestant from “American Idol’s" Season 10, Pia Toscano, joined with Il Volo to sing and dance to a brand new Diane Warren original, “La Luna Hizo Esto”

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Il Volo performs "Mamma"

Above: From Il Volo's concert that was filmed at the Detroit Opera House on October 27, 2011

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