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New live concert event album from worldwide multi-platinum selling tenor trio, Il Volo. The album is a tribute to The Three Tenors and includes arias from the Italian and international operatic repertoire. Featuring special guest, and original Three Tenor Plácido Domingo conducting and singing "Non ti scordar di me" with Il Volo. The concert was filmed and will air as a PBS pledge show starting in late November.
On July 7, 1990, a magical night took place in Rome: Jose Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti sang together for the very first time in one of the most evocative temples of opera, the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome - giving life to the biggest classical music project of the century, The Three Tenors. Twentysix years later, worldwide platinum selling artists, Il Volo, pay tribute to the event and to the Three Maestri with their new album of a live concert event, Notte Magica - A Tribute to The Three Tenors. The concert took place on July 1st at the Piazza Santa Croce, one of the most beautiful plazas in Florence with the famous Teatro Massimo di Palermo orchestra. Il Volo performed some of the most famous Neapolitan songs and arias from the Italian and international operatic repertoire - all of which were sung by the original Three Tenors. As a special guest, Maestro Plácido Domingo conducted almost half of the program and joined Il Volo singing the classic "Non ti scordar di me." Although Il Volo were not yet born when The Three Tenors first performed, they grew up listening to them, being fascinated and inspired by their voices and legendary achievements. Now, Il Volo deliver this music to a younger audience so they can experience the same emotions from that long ago magical night.
Italian tenor vocal trio Il Volo are one of the biggest names in classical crossover pop worldwide, with a sound that combines traditional opera, pop, and classical symphonic music. Formed in 2009 while the members were all contestants on the reality television vocal competition Ti Lascio una Canzone (Leaving You with a Song), Il Volo feature the talents of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble. Il Volo's self-titled debut was released in Europe in November 2010 and earned platinum status; it arrived in the U.S. in May 2011, when the group also performed on American Idol. In February 2015 Il Volo won the Sanremo Festival in Italy with the song "Grande Amore". After this triumph, the video for "Grande Amore" went viral with over 66 million views on YouTube up-to-date. Il Volo also represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, achieving a runaway phone-in success and won the Marcel Bezençon Award 2015 from international critics.
Audio Mixer: Luciano Serena.
Liner Note Authors: Piero Barone; Ignazio Boschetto; Gianluca Ginoble; Il Volo ; Plácido Domingo .
Recording information: Fonoprint Studio, Bologna, Italy.
Photographers: Angelo Trani; Giovanni Gastel.
Marking 26 years since the initial 1990 Rome concert that introduced the world to the Three Tenors, Notte Magica: A Tribute to the Three Tenors showcases classical crossover trio Il Volo in concert at Piazza Santa Croce in Florence with legendary Spanish tenor Placido Domingo. An homage to Domingo and his fellow Three Tenors Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti, Notte Magica features Il Volo's Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, backed by the orchestra of the Teatro Massimo. Special guest Domingo sings and even shares conducting duties with Maestro Marcello Rota. Along with classic Italian opera numbers like "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot and "Libiamo ne' i Calici" from La Traviata, we also get renditions of beloved songs from the Neapolitan tradition including "O Surdato' Nnammurato," "'O Sole Mio," and "Come Back to Sorrento." ~ Matt Collar