An interview to Il Volo’s manager, Michele Torpedine, aired on Friday, August 7th, during the program “Estate in Diretta” on RAI1. The interviewer, Barbara Di Palma, asked Torpedine about his opinion on the negative remarks of Vittorio Sgarbi and Katia Ricciarelli towards Il Volo from a previous interview on the same program. Although his answers were sometimes ambiguous, Torpedine replied to the criticisms very calmly and diplomatically, and said that the future of the band is brighter than ever.
Un’intervista al manager de Il Volo, Michele Torpedine, è andata in onda venerdì 7 agosto durante il programma “Estate in Diretta” su RAI1. La giornalista Barbara Di Palma ha chiesto a Torpedine che cosa ne pensa sulle affermazioni piuttosto negative di Vittorio Sgarbi e Katia Ricciarelli su Il Volo durante un’intervista precedente sullo stesso programma. Anche se a volte le sue risposte erano ambigue, Torpedine ha risposto alle critiche in una maniera serena e diplomatica, dicendo che il futuro della band è più luminoso che mai.
English translation by Martina Camenzuli
Presenter of “Estate in Diretta”: «Another excellent “Made in Italy” musical talent is the trio Il Volo. On the 23rd of August on our program, during a segment we did about the band, Vittorio Sgarbi shared his personal opinions on the story of these guys. We talked to Michele Torpedine, Il Volo’s manager during an interview carried out by our Barbara Di Palma, in which he replies to Sgarbi’s attacks. Listen to what he had to say.»
Barbara Di Palma: «When someone reaches a certain level of success, criticism and chatter tend to multiply. The same thing happened with the trio Il Volo. Today we have with us Michele Torpedine who is the manager of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, and who’s here to clarify some things. Recently we talked about the guys on Estate in Diretta and there have been certain comments from our guest to which you’d like to respond.»
Torpedine: «Vittorio, my ex-friend Vittorio, because I remember we were quite good friends especially when he used to ask me for Andrea Bocelli to sing at the Castello di Ferrara on his birthday.»
Vittorio Sgarbi (from a previous interview): «They first thank Tony Renis for their success, but then they take it back and say it was all thanks to Torpedine. Very cunningly, they realised that thanking Torpedine instead of Renis, would be more beneficial for them because Torpedine means Bocelli.» Continue reading