By Carina Lennø
August 16th, 2015, Macerata, Italy. It is 8.55 pm and in the Arena Sferiterio, and just minutes before show time. In the arena 3000 people are finding their seats, drying each of them off with the towels they got handed at the entry.
Thankfully, the rain that fell for a full hour stopped just in time for the audience to be let in to the impressive arena. Looking around, the building and stage is impressive and breathtaking. One cannot help but think that it is very fitting for what is about to take place there.
As the time passes 9pm, the anticipation from the audience is palpable. One can practically feel how everyone’s heart is racing, knowing what is to come. Starting off with the beautiful music of the song that won the hearts of Europe, perfectly sets the mood for a musical experience beyond anything they have ever done.
Hearing an old song like ‘Il Mondo’ makes people who have known Il Volo for a long time smile.It’s a personal favorite and singing it shows off the places in which their voices have developed since the “Il Volo… Takes Flight”-days and it also pays a kind of homage to where they have come from.
It came as a surprise when ‘Io Che Non Vivo’ began and Ignazio was the one who sang the first part.
Being used to Piero starting the song, it was a nice little spin to have Piero and Ignazio switch parts in the first verse. They sang with equal amounts of conviction, just as Gianluca did.
Coming to a song that was not a personal favorite to begin with, but by the end was one of the best songs of the night: ‘Canzone Per Te’. It was delivered with conviction by Ignazio especially, who sold it entirely. Even without knowing the words or even understanding them, it doesn’t really matter. The words were flowing and it was felt by the audience.
When it came time for the first solo of the night, it was very clear that the main focus of the concert was going to be on the solos. Piero began with ‘E Lucevan Le Stelle’ which beautifully showed off his more operatic side. It always suited him going ‘back to his roots’ so to speak, showing of what he (arguably) does best. It was a pleasure to watch.
During Granada, the guys played out the fun little gag of Piero and Gianluca teasing poor Ignazio who is just trying to get a few notes in. As always, it sparked laughs, especially when Ignazio decided to prevent Piero from stealing ‘his part’ by simply stealing Piero’s microphone for a while.
Ignazio looked extremely pleased with himself right there. And of course, no performance of ‘Granada’ is complete without Ignazio pretending to ‘wind up’ Piero during his high note (which was extremely impressive, btw).
In getting ready for one of the songs, Ignazio took the time to kindly help Gianluca down a rain-wet ramp leading in to the audience.
Then came the second solo of the night. This time, Gianluca gave a heartfelt and stunning rendition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. But not before dedicating it to a special person in the audience. It was a true highlight of the night. Gianluca showed off his flawless voice with so much passion that many in the audience felt it.
Between the songs, the Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca joked and made the audience laugh, showing of their amazing personalities. The jokes add the element of the guys’ young age which works brilliantly alongside their professional performances.
Ignazio especially showed off his amazing sense of humour, making everyone laugh at his little ‘mock-compliments’, given to Piero and Gianluca after each of their solos.
The third solo was actually the solo that stole the show, in my opinion. Ignazio took the stage and performed a medley of two songs, delivering a passion and love for music that shined through clearly. It left the audience breathless and in awe.
After the first round of solos came the duets. The duets add an element of a new sound to the songs, which works very well. It’s like one of those things one needs, without being aware of this need until one gets it.
“Unchained Melody”, “My Way” and “Core N’Grato” were all stunning performances, with Piero and Gianluca stepping in to the audience to witness another duet. Continue reading