Il Divo

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For the Italian film, see Il Divo (film).
Il Divo
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Classical crossover
Years active 2004–present
Labels Sony
Syco Music
Members Urs Bühler
Sébastien Izambard
Carlos Marín
David Miller

Il Divo is a multinational vocal group formed in the UK by Simon Cowell in 2004. They combine opera and classical music with pop and other genres, forming a style known internationally as classical crossover.[1] The group is composed of a quartet of male singers: Swiss Urs Bühler, Spanish Carlos Marín, American David Miller and French Sébastien Izambard. Il Divo recently celebrated their first decade together.

In 2005 Il Divo became the first classical crossover group in history to hold the number-one spot in the American Billboard 200. In 2006, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most commercially successful classical-crossover group in music history.[2] In 2015 they entered the list of the best-selling albums in the world, with 5,000,000 copies sold in 2006 alone.[3]

In 2011, as thanks for the efforts and talent of the group, Il Divo were given the Artist of the Decade Award (Best Artist of The Decade) at the Classic Brits award ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.[4][5] In July 2015 they received the Classic PPL award, the Silver Clef Award, organized by Nordoff Robbins.[6]

To date, they have sold more than 29 million albums worldwide.[7]

Musical career[edit]


The idea behind Il Divo's creation came to Simon Cowell after seeing Andrea Bocelli perform "Time to Say Goodbye." In 2004, G4, a quartet of operatic male singers, also appeared in the UK on Cowell's TV show The X Factor. They finished runners-up, but were signed by Sony records - ironically, the lead singer of this group, Jonathan Ansell, had previously auditioned to be a member of Il Divo.[8] Cowell, aware of this new appreciation for lyrical voices and classical music, decided to form a multi-national quartet. The group's name is Italian for "divine performer." Il Divo chose this name to represent the unity of their voices, becoming one.

Cowell conducted a worldwide search for young singers who were willing to embark on the project, a search that lasted two years, from 2001 until December 2003, when the fourth member, American tenor David Miller, was signed. The well-established composition of Il Divo consists of renowned Spanish baritone, Carlos Marín; two classically trained tenors, Swiss Urs Bühler and American David Miller; and a French pop singer, Sébastien Izambard.


Il Divo in concert in Sydney, 2012

Il Divo sing primarily in Spanish, English, Italian, and French. Il Divo was named the Most Multinational UK No.1 Album Group in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

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On 12 December 2008, Il Divo performed their new song at the Swedish Idol 2008 finale in the Globen Arena in Stockholm.[9]

Having just completed a six-month tour of America, Australia, and Europe, Il Divo then participated in all 20 concerts by Barbra Streisand in her North American tour as her special guests. Streisand: The Tour with Il Divo was ranked second for all tours during 2006, generating $92.5 million in gross sales. They also accompanied her in her Europe concerts.

On 9 June 2006, Il Divo performed the 2006 FIFA World Cup official song, "The Time of Our Lives," with R&B singer Toni Braxton live, at half-time, during the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica and again a month later at the 9 July closing ceremony.[10][11] The song is available exclusively on the Voices from the FIFA World Cup compilation album and on the European reissue of Braxton's album Libra but not on any Il Divo album. Il Divo have been on several world tours and have received 50 gold and platinum awards. Their last tour in 2014 covered five continents and over 33 countries.

The Paraguay show was Il Divo's biggest capacity performance to date and took place on 20 December 2011, at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion, for 33,900 people.[12][13]

On 6 September 2012, it was announced that Il Divo would release a Greatest Hits album. The album was produced by Alberto Quintero and featured songs spanning Il Divo's successful eight-year career to date, as well as four new songs including My Heart Will Go On, I Will Always Love You, Can't Help Falling in Love and Alone.[14]

On 19 July 2014, Il Divo performed before a capacity crowd at Edinburgh Castle esplanade where a pop festival took place ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The group performed Amazing Grace.[15]

On March 23, 2015, it was announced that Il Divo was the winner of the 2015 Silver Clef Award, giving them the coveted Classic PPL. The gala award ceremony took place on July 3 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a five-star hotel in London.




Besides music, the members of Il Divo are also known for their flawless, refined and elegant appearance, wearing almost exclusively suits by Giorgio Armani;[16]Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Collezioni. .[17]

Musical Style[edit]

Il Divo describe themselves as "Opera-Pop" or Classical Crossover [18] Miller and Bühler are tenor, Marín is a baritone while Izambard has a bell-like tenor voice.[19]


On 25 April 2007, Il Divo performed on American Idol in one of the "Idol Gives Back" episodes, which raised money for children in the U.S. and Africa. For every vote cast during that show, Idol sponsors Coca-Cola, AT&T, and others donated money to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) and other groups such as Save the Children and America's Second Harvest.[20]

Il Divo is related indirectly in terms of sponsorship and help with the French NGO SMTA Assistance Médicale Toit du Monde since 2005, of which Sébastien is the international official sponsor, and with Sanfilippo Children's Foundation in which Sébastien's global ambassador.


Main article: Il Divo discography


  • Allegra Rossi, Romancing The World, Hardback 128 pages, 10 November 2005, Orion publishers (ISBN 978-0-7528-7519-4)
  • Il Divo, Our Music, Our Journey, Our Words, Paperback 192 pages, 6 September 2007, Headline Book Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7553-1657-1)


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  6. ^ a b "Il Divo crowned Silver Clef winners". 23 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Il Divo Takes "IL DIVO - A MUSICAL AFFAIR: THE GREATEST SONGS OF BROADWAY LIVE" On The Road". MarketWatch. PR Newswire. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Mansey, Kate (6 May 2005). "X-TRA SPECIAL; Kate Mansey meets the boy band with the manners of gentlemen It's so strange to be finally famous". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Parkström, Sara (9 December 2008). "Il Divo gästar idolfinalen". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ FIONA: DIVO -
  12. ^ Branco, Marlene Aponte (21 December 2011). "Polca, guarania y ópera en una cálida noche de festejo patrio". Diario ABC Color (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Coronel, Jorge (21 December 2011). "Il Divo celebró en concierto el Bicentenario del Paraguay". Diario ABC Color (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Greatest Hits - Deluxe Limited Edition | The Official Il Divo Site". Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
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  16. ^ "Il Divo simplemente no puede ir informal". 
  17. ^ "Il Divo viste de Gucci". 
  18. ^ ""Il Divo" no es ópera". Infobae. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Il Divo: magia de la ópera pop". La Opinión. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  20. ^ EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page

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