At first glance the members of Il Volo, look like any other fresh-faced boy band. But when the trio of tenors Piero Barone, 17, Ignazio Boschetto, 17, and Gianluca Ginoble, 16, sing flawless renditions of “O Sole Mio” or "Un Amore Così Grande," which they performed in the final episode of Entourage, it’s impossible not to surrender to their striking sound.
In Italian, the group's name means "flight," and after appearances on American Idol and The Tonight Show, among other TV programs, and an impressive write-up in The New York Times, the Italian group is soaring across North America. Boschetto phoned City Link Tuesday, which also happened to be his birthday. Following is an excerpt from the conversation.
I heard you just finished recording your Christmas album.
The album will be released the last day of November. We recorded the album in July. It was the middle of the summer, and we were singing "Jingle Bell Rock." It was a little strange, but we did it. We have a beautiful medley. I want the other songs to be a surprise.
As you tour across America, what has been the reaction from fans?
We thought our album was for [people] over 30, but when we started to sing on American Idol and Jay Leno and in concerts, all the teenagers liked this kind of music. It’s incredible. We are so happy that we are doing our goal of bringing this kind of music to the young generation.
Did you grow up listening to Luciano Pavarotti?
Piero always listened to Pavarotti and Elvis Presley. I really love rock music. I love AC/DC and Aerosmith. We really listen to every kind of music. I love Lady Gaga.
What’s your favorite song to perform live?
For me, it was a challenge to sing "Hasta el Final." It’s a really beautiful but difficult song. You have to take a big breath. It was a challenge, but it’s gonna be great. We love each song.
How did IlVolo come together?
We met on an Italian TV show. We didn’t know each other before. We met there, and the producer of this program decided to put our voices together. And from that, Il Volo was born. After this program, we shot a concert with Universal, and after, we did American Idol and released our album. Now, we hope to go around the world.
As far as traditional Italian music goes, do you have a favorite song?
Since we are Italian, we have to bring our old Italian traditional songs. But we sing live in Italian, Spanish and English, and I think traditional Italian songs are for having fun. It’s an important part of our concert.
What’s your favorite Italian food?
My mother worked for many years in a pizzeria. I was born in Bologna. But when we moved in Sicily, my mother opened a pizzeria, and now, the owner is my sister. So when I am at home, I always eat pizza.
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