Il Volo interview to Vanity Fair: Il Volo: «All’estero vince solo il bel canto» – by Silvia Gianatti (March 2nd, 2015 in Italian)
translated by Mari Russu
So, guys, how are you going after the victory?
“Very well. At Milan signing session there were over a thousand people. And there were lots of girls who sang our song for us.”
It is the first time you really encountered the Italian public, how is it going?
“I think of a story happened in the United States. We approached an elderly lady with her daughter and granddaughter. She makes us compliments, because we were able to unite with our music three generations. Our dream was that it could happen here, in Italy. And finally it is happening.”
The criticism against you are many.
“You know what makes us laugh? That everything is coming out now. Until two months ago we are not mentioned, nothing was considered. I think it’s envy, always directly proportional to the success. There is not, however, ruining the party. We do not respond, the only way to endure the criticism is avoid them.”
But you don’t think that maybe you are acting in the wrong way?
“I do not know why they have it with us. Perhaps because we are young. Eventually all criticized even Justin Bieber, the child who sold millions of copies, or One Direction, who continue to be criticized. The criticisms are there and will always be. Maybe they can not understand that the ‘bel canto’ is the only music that can get out of our country, at least until now.”
You have also been accused of not having thanked those who created you. It would be enough a simple thanks to Roberto Cenci or Tony Renis and there would be no controversy. Forgetfulness or choice?
“May I tell you the truth? When we won the award at the Billboard we have not thanked anyone, not even our manager or our families. Sometimes you forget, sometimes the emotion prevails. We do not deny the past and do not forget anything. We will always remember those who created us. Then of course, so many things happen in life, it’s like in the relationship, when love ends. I just hope we will not have to talk about it anymore.”
Let’s talk about the Eurovision Song Contest, the next big goal.
“We will go to Vienna with the same spirit with which we went to Sanremo. We can not wait to get on that stage. It is for us a great return, after the European tour a couple of years ago. We will leave a few days before, around May 17th, for rehearsals and we will sing Grande Amore there too.”
“This week we finish the signing sessions, I will have time to spend a few hours in Pescara, my hometown. Then we will depart for Dubai and Abu Dhabi for some events. But what we really expect is, finally, the tour in the most beautiful places in Italy!”