Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors – Milano – Mediolanum Forum
Date / Data: May 9th, 2017 / 9 maggio 2017
Title / Titolo: Il Volo incanta Milano con il Tributo a I Tre Tenori
Author / Autore: Simone Bernardi per Radio Italia
English translation: Susan
Il Volo incanta Milano con il Tributo a I Tre Tenori (Il Volo enchants Milan with the tribute to the Three Tenors)
Here is the trio’s “Notte Magica” at the Assago Forum. 10 May 2017
The red curtain used for great occasions, the Asti Symphony Orchestra that tunes up, the entrance of director Marcello Rota and “La forza di destino” by Giuseppe Verdi. So for one night, the Assago Forum is transformed into an immense theater to host the Milan stop of Il Volo’s Italian tour: “NOTTE MAGICA – TRIBUTED TO THREE TENORS”.
Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, very elegant, enter the stage and stand next to Maestro Rota with their three lecterns, in the Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras style. It starts with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”, which snatches the first of a long series of very warm applauses.
There are still “Granada” and “Mattinata” before the three artists officially welcome the audience, explaining what will be the theme of the evening: a Tribute to The Three Tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Josè Carreras with an ambitious repertoire of 22 pieces entirely dedicated to opera and “Il bel canto”. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca perform this classical repertoire with great respect but, between one song and another, they are not lacking their usual jokes, the games with the audience of the overcrowded Forum and even the updated results of the Juventus match “for the men who were forced by the wives to come to the concert”. Three artists who know how to make fun and do not miss the opportunity to wink at the girls in the audience, but singing as usual flawlessly, exposing all the lyrical nuances and the more powerful surges of their voices, alone, in duets and as a trio.
In addition to opera arias such as “Nessun Dorma”, “E lucean le stelle” and “Una furtiva lagrima”, in the program there’s space for famous songs in Spanish like “Granada” and “No puede ser”, American traditional pieces such as “My Way” and “Maria” from the musical “West side story” and Neapolitan classics such as “Torna a Surriento”, “O surdato nnammurato” and “O sole mio”. There are also romances like “Mattinata” and Italian songs such as “Caruso” by Lucio Dalla, made history also by the interpretation of the great Luciano Pavarotti. All of this embellished with symphonic masterpieces performed only by the orchestra, such as the prelude of Bizet’s “Carmen” and the interlude of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana”. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca explained that their tour has a mission: to make this repertoire known to and appreciated by those who have never even listened to it . And the intent seems to have been perfectly successful because applauding them at the sold out Forum, are at least three generations.
The pearl of the evening “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”, an Ave Maria written specifically for Il Volo which the three boys dream of performing in front of Pope Francis. Regarding this, they recall that, a few days ago, they had the honor of being received by the Pontiff in a private audience.
The concert ends with “O ‘sole mio” and “Libiamo nei lieti calici” and the singers leave the stage, but the audience only let them stay backstage for a few minutes and call them back for a last piece: the “bis” is “Grande Amore”, the song with which Il Volo won the Sanremo Festival in 2015. The Forum, which has been spellbound listening to the whole concert, sings with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca who, at the end of the song, take the last round of applause at the orchestral ending and say goodbye to the audience.
The next appointment with Il Volo’s “Notte Magica” will be at the Rome Palalottomatica with the double date of 12 & 13 May.