Il Volo

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Il Volo
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L-R standing: Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble performing in Bogotá
Background information
Origin Italy
Genres Operatic pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Geffen
Sony Music Latin
Members Piero Barone
Ignazio Boschetto
Gianluca Ginoble

Il Volo (English: The Flight) is an Italian operatic pop trio, consisting of singers: tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, and baritone Gianluca Ginoble.[1]


Piero Barone was born on June 24, 1993, in Naro (pop. 8,700), province of Agrigento.

Ignazio Boschetto was born in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, in northern Italy on October 4, 1994, and grew up in Marsala.

Gianluca Ginoble was born on February 11, 1995, in Roseto degli Abruzzi. He grew up and continues to live in the nearby hilltop town of Montepagano.


Ti Lascio Una Canzone (2009–10)[edit]

The three pop-opera singers started their career in 2009, when they met on the second edition of the Italian RAI TV music competition show Ti lascio una canzone, held at the Ariston Theater in Sanremo.

On May 2, 2009, Gianluca Ginoble won the competition, singing Andrea Bocelli's "Il mare calmo della sera".[2]

During the competition, the three singers were chosen to perform, as a trio, the Neapolitan classic "’O sole mio".[3] After the competition, they continued to perform together under the names "Tre Tenori", "The Tryo", "Il Trio", and finally in the fall of 2010... "Il Volo" (which translates to "the flight" in Italian).

In 2010 the trio participated in the charity single "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", a remake of the 1985 hit song "We Are the World". In February 2010 they performed the songs "Granada" and "Un Amore Così Grande" during the 60th Sanremo Music Festival.[4] Also at that festival the trio performed for Queen Rania of Jordan (Regina Rania di Giordania).

Il Volo (2010–present)[edit]

Their first self-titled album was recorded in 2010 in the Abbey Road Studios in London and produced by Tony Renis and Humberto Gatica.[5] It was released in Italy on November 30, 2010,[5] and peaked at number 6 on the Italian Albums Chart,[6] receiving the Gold certification by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[7]

The international edition of the album was released on April 12, 2011,[8] and was promoted in the United States with a performance during the final three results show of American Idol's tenth season.[9] The group sang "’O sole mio", which was released as a single in the United States in early 2011.[10] The album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 and at number 1 on the Classical Albums, selling 23,000 copies in its first week.[11][12] The album is also entered in the Top 10 in other countries, such as Belgium, France, and the Netherlands and topped in Austria.[6]

A Spanish version of the album was released and peaked at number 6 in Mexico,[6] at number 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart, at number 4 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and at number 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart.[13][14][15] This version was certified Gold in Mexico by AMPROFON for the sale of 30,000 copies[16] and won an RIAA Latin Gold Award for the sale of 50,000 copies in US.[17]

The trio performed for the TV show The Talk in February 2011 and on October 13, 2011.

On May 19, 2011, the trio performed "'O Sole Mio" on American Idol. On July 31, 2011, the trio performed "’O sole mio" and "This Time" for the President's Star Charity show in Singapore to help raise funds for the handicapped. On September 4, 2011, the trio performed "’O sole mio" and "Smile" for the MDA Labor Day Telethon. On September 11, 2011, the trio made a cameo appearance on the series finale of Entourage.

Il Volo was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards in Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Il Volo (Edicion en espanol) and in Best New Artist.

On October 27, 2011, Il Volo performed live at the Detroit Opera House to tape their first concert DVD titled "Il Volo - Takes Flight - Live from the Detroit Opera House". This concert premiered on December 7, 2011, in Detroit (on PBS Channel WTVS) and 1,000 cities across Canada (that receive Detroit's PBS on their cable system).

On November 21, 2011, Il Volo released, only in digital format, their first EP called Christmas Favorites, which contains a duet with Pia Toscano. On the same date, their debut album was re-released in a special edition that also includes the tracks from Christmas Favorites. On December 22, 2011, Il Volo was the closing guest for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, singing "The Christmas Song".

On February 28, 2012, Il Volo's new CD and DVD, Il Volo - Takes Flight - Live from the Detroit Opera House, was released. This concert was shown on PBS stations across the US and Canada followed by a tour of the countries from August through October.

In October and early November 2012 Il Volo performed in concert with Barbra Streisand. They sang with her the song "Smile", and "Make My Garden Grow", and performed singles "O Sole Mio" and "Un Amore Cosi Grande".

On November 19, 2012 Il Volo released their second album, We Are Love (Billboard 200 number 100)

On December 11, 2012 Il Volo performed at the 2012 Nobel Prize Concert in Oslo Norway, with King Harald V in attendance.

On April 25, 2013, they performed the song "El Triste" at the 2013 Latin Billboard Music Awards as a tribute to singer José José.

On October 26, 2013, they released the international version of Buon Natale - The Christmas Album, which includes some of the most popular American Christmas songs, as well as two songs in Latin, one in Spanish and one in German, and duets with Pia Toscano and Belinda.[18] The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Holiday Albums[19] and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.[20] The single "O Holy Night" peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[21] In November, a special italian edition was released, including songs "Bianco Natale" and "Astro del ciel".[22] Rolling Stone published on its website a cappella performances of three tracks, "O Holy Night", "White Christmas" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".[23]

In February 2014, the trio received two nominations at the 2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards, as Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group and Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.[24] The awards show took place at the BankUnited Center of Miami in April 24, broadcast live by Telemundo.[25] During the evening Il Volo is awarded as Best Group of the year in Latin Pop Albums category[26] and won El Pulso Social award, as artist who has dominated interactions on social networking sites during the Billboard Awards.[27][28] The group also presented the Latin Pop Songs artist of the Year, Duo or Group award.[29]

During 2014 the group focused on the preparation of a new album, set to be released in 2015.[30] In June they returned to North America for a series of 15 concerts in United States and Canada, accompanied by a band and a orchestra.[31] The set list traced their career, including the most successful songs of their repertoire, and the tour gets very positive reviews from critics.[32][33][34][35] In July and September they toured in Italy for first time.[36]

On August 21, 2014, Il Volo are awarded as Dúo or Grupo Favorito in the Premios Tu Mundo.[37] The awards celebrates the latin pop culture in the United States and are broadcast live by Telemundo.[38]

On December 14, 2014, is announced their participation in the 2015 Sanremo Music Festival (February 10-14, 2015), performing the unreleased song Grande Amore.[39]

On December 21, 2014, they performed at the traditional Christmas Concert in the Italian Senate, in front of the highest offices of state, accompanied by a choir of children with hearing disabilities who perform the songs with sign language. At the end of the concert, the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano and the President of Senate Pietro Grasso praised the group.[40]


Main article: Il Volo discography
Year Album details Singles
2010 Il Volo
  • Released: November 30, 2010
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  1. "’O sole mio"
  2. "Hasta El Final"
2012 We Are Love
  • Released: November 19, 2012
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2013 Más Que Amor
  • Released: April 9, 2013
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  1. "Constantemente Mía" (feat. Belinda)
Buon Natale: The Christmas Album
  • Released: October 22, 2013
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: CD, digital download


  • 2011 - Il Volo North American Tour 2011
  • 2011 - Il Volo European Tour 2011
  • 2012 - Il Volo South American Tour 2012
  • 2012 - Il Volo Takes Flight Tour
  • 2012 - Barbra Live - Special guests Chris Botti and Il Volo
  • 2013 - We Are Love Tour
  • 2013 - Más Que Amor Tour
  • 2014 - US&Canada Summer Tour 2014
  • 2014 - Tour italiano 2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

Billboard Latin Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012[41] Il Volo New Artist of the Year Nominated
Il Volo Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group Nominated
2013[42] Il Volo Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group Nominated
2014[24][26][27] Il Volo Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group Nominated
Il Volo Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group Won
Il Volo El pulso social Won

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2011[43] Il Volo Best New Artist Nominated
Il Volo - Edición En Español Best Pop Album By A Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2011 Wind Music Awards[44] Premio Disco d'Oro Il Volo Won
2012 J-14 Teen Icon Awards[45] Iconic Editor's Choice Il Volo Nominated
2013 Diosas de Plata[46] Mejor Canción Original para Cine "Luna Nascosta" Won
Premios Canacine[47] Mejor Canción de una Película Mexicana "Luna Nascosta" Nominated
2014 Premios Tu Mundo[37] Dúo o Grupo Favorito Il Volo Won
World Music Awards[48][49][50] World's Best Album Mas que Amor Nominated
World's Best Group Il Volo Nominated
World's Best Live act Il Volo Nominated


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