Ignazio Boschetto is one of those talents that arise from time to time to remind us that human beings don’t just born with gifts and abilities, those qualities can be seeked and developed without limits.
Ignazio was born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna – region of northern Italy -, but grew up in Sicily, more precisely in Marsala, Trapani. He is the son of Vito Boschetto and Caterina Licari and has an older sister named Antonina (Nina). The Boschetto – Licari families are from Sicilian origin and live near Marsala and Petrosino.
Since very young age, because he was born on October 4th, 1994, Ignazio has accumulated an enviable artistic background. He is one of the tenors of Il Volo and his artistic life started early, long before the talent show that approached him to Piero Barone and Gianluca Ginoble. He has said in several interviews that with 3 years old, he used to sing alone in his room arias as “La Dona è mobile” (Rigoletto – Giuseppe Verdi) surprising their parents. As Piero and Gianluca, Ignazio attended art activities at school and at festivals in his region.
Considering the timbre, the range and the quality of his voice – smooth, clean and clear, with acute extension – Ignazio could be classified as a lyric tenor. This means that he features warm and soft voice, but strong enough to sing over an orchestra. If we listen carefully to the harmonies that accompany the songs of Il Volo, we will recognize the voice of Ignazio in all its versatility and range, softening the strength of Piero’s voice and valuing the smooth baritone of Gianluca. He also gives to Il Volo an edgy sound, according to his manager Michele Torpedine.
Ignazio is a complete artist – he sings, composes, arranges and plays several instruments: piano, guitar and drums. In Bologna, Piero and him study with the Maestro Sergio Bertocchi.
Since a very young age, Ignazio Boschetto excelled in numerous festivals and competitions. On May 2007, he participated at the stage version of the musical “Streetlight” at the Teatro Impero in Marsala and, on August of the same year, Ignazio – only 12 years old – was a highlight in the first edition of the Festival Satiro d’Oro. On December, he reached the finals of the Premio Nave Punica – Città di Marsala, winning the third place among competitors of all ages.
In 2008, Ignazio excelled again on the Festival Satiro D’Oro and on this same month, August, he won the 11º Festival della Canzone di Custonaci, with 13 years old and singing “Il mare calmo della sera” as an experienced singer. In December of the same year he won the third edition of the Premio Nave Punica – Città di Marsala, thrilling every single person at the Teatro Impero.
The year of 2009 was a watershed on Ignazio’s career with his participation on the talent show Ti lascio una Canzone of the Italian television network RAI1. Ignazio, as well as Gianluca and Piero, was selected from hundreds of applicants to compete in the second edition of this competition.
He performed very well in every episode, receiving the award from the jury in the first episode and winning the second, when he sang “Quando l’amore diventa poesia.” In the fourth episode of the show, for the first time he sang along with Gianluca and Piero: the song was “O’ Sole Mio“, which became the first milestone on the Il Volo’s career. Ignazio reached the finals of Ti lascio una Canzone as one of the three best singers of the edition.
From 2009 his career is intertwined with that of Il Volo, although we may find some individual activities. Ignazio returned to some of the regional festivals as a guest, like the Festival di Vallelunga, along with Piero in 2009 and in the same year, at the 12º Festival della Canzone di Custonaci.
Recently, some of his work as a composer and arranger has been shown and is very promising. On February 2, 2014, he collaborated with the fellow singer-songwriter Roberto Amadè on a project that resulted in a wonderful concert – the concert Amadè-Boschetto – held through the Centro culturale e artistico “Ignazio Boschetto”, with the support of the City Hall of Marsala. The packed Teatro Impero gave a virtual standing ovation to this initiative which brought together several artists of Marsala.
Also in February 2014, Katya Pantaleo – a young singer of Marsala – won the Premio della Critica at Sanremo D.O.C. with the song “Come in paradiso” – music, lyrics and arrangement by Ignazio Boschetto.
On August 30, 2014, Chiara Cusumano and Giorgia Vassalo – the Duo Sisters – reached the final of the Festival di Castrocaro, interpreting an unreleased song of Ignazio: “Paura d’Amare”. Maybe soon we will have a song by Ignazio on Il Volo’s repertoire.
Ignazio has told on several interviews that the best moment on his career with Il Volo was winning the Latin Billboard, but his dream is to win a Grammy.
Ignazio is considered by Il Volo fellows as the “funny guy”, the one who finds fun in making others to have fun. We would say he is also a self-funny guy, like he is the kind of person who can have fun with himself. And a remarkable thing on all this ‘fun’ that surrounds Ignazio is that there is always a lot of affection, attention and consideration of the feelings of everyone involved.
Next to Il Volo, Ignazio has become a real showman, the growth of this funny and charming side of him is visible on stage; a growth that has occurred as the response from the confidence that the audience has given him to express himself with freedom and authenticity. To play and make jokes are usually ways to manage feelings and Ignazio proves to be a person with intense feelings under the skin. This is clearly visible on the way he sings and on the lyrics of the songs he writes.
Owner of a charming smile, Ignazio is the tallest of the trio, is 1.82 m (5,97 feet) tall. Between 2012 and 2013 Ignazio decided to change his life style, exercising more and eating healthier. The result was the loss of about 35 kg (77 pounds) and a better health. And thank goodness that those two beautiful dimples on the cheeks did not disappeared!
One thing that often appears over Ignazio’s skin are tattoos. He has eight or nine, all done by Fabio Ingrassia, a tattoo artist of Marsala.
His favorite food is pizza, but he also loves pasta and sushi. He says that if he were not a singer, he would be a pilot because is passionate about airplanes. However, according to him, the reality is that, if he were not with Il Volo, he probably would be working with his sister at the pizzeria.
Talking about personal features, Ignazio is the sleepyhead of the group and he says that one of the things that he feels bad about during the tours is the few time he has to sleep. He also believes that he is the best storyteller of the group, especially the jokes.
Ignazio likes to be at home in Marsala and, when he is not writing, he enjoys cooking. He has a dog named Buddy, a companion and main artist of some of his videos shared on social networks. He has always stated on interviews that his idol is Steve Wonder and his song “You and I”. The favorite sport is soccer and he is a fan of the Juventus.
He believes in love at first sight and that love has no age. His concern with the feelings is evident also when he says that what most appeals to him at the concerts is to see the joy of the people. Ignazio says that life is beautiful, and he is happy to see how life gives us every day new feelings.
(More about Ignazio on Ignazio Boschetto – Trivia)
Ignazio, for what he shows and also for everything he sometimes hides, is a brave, courageous and authentic young man. Sensitive and passionate to the point that his performances create a hurricane of feelings on whoever is watching. For him, the expression ‘to sing with the heart’ is not a metaphor, it is the reality expressed in every gesture and makes us wonder what those closed eyes are watching.
:: Author: Suzana Gutierrez (marirussu)
:: Research: All About Il Volo Team
:: Published on October 4, 2014. Updated (fotos) in November 16, 2015
:: Credits: on the pictures
:: This is a dynamic text that will be updated whenever Ignazio allow us and as we are organizing the events prior to 2009 🙂
:: References where it is possible are linked to the text.
:: For an amazing Il Volo experience read their book: Il Volo – un’avventura straordinaria. (Ed Rizzoli)