Il Volo Takes Flight
Airs Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, March 9, 2012
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.
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.”
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