|Birth name||Urs Toni Bühler|
July 19, 1971 |
Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland
|Genres||Classical crossover; Opera; romantic; Rock|
|Labels||Syco Music, Sony BMG, Columbia Records|
|Associated acts||Il Divo|
Urs Toni Bühler (born 19 July 1971 in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland) is a classically-trained tenor. Member since 2004 of the classical crossover group Il Divo, who has sold over 28 million copies worldwide discs.
His musical training started at the age of five, when Bühler began singing in a choir and also learned to play violin, clarinet, piano, guitar, and drums. His musical career, though, started when he was fifteen in an entirely different genre from lyrical song. He was a member of a cover band and later the lead singer of a heavy metal band called "Conspiracy" when he was seventeen years old in Luzern.
At that time, he was already receiving music lessons at the Academy for School and Church Music. His progress in the field led him to move to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where he studied voice at Sweelinck Conservatorium with Udo Reinemann, a well-known German baritone. Under the private tutoring of Swedish tenor Gösta Winbergh of the Royal Swedish Opera and French tenor Christian Papis, Urs enriched his classical repertoire. He sang in the choir of the Dutch opera and performed in the Salzburg Festival under the direction of Claudio Abbado. Prior to joining Il Divo, he was mainly based in the Netherlands, singing oratorios and performing with the Netherlands Opera Gezelschap (NOG). Despite many performances there are only a handful of recordings available of him before Il Divo.
In December 2003, Urs became a member of the international musical quartet Il Divo along with Carlos Marín (Spain), Sébastien Izambard (France), and David Miller (United States). He had an informal first audition with the group's creator, Simon Cowell. In Cowell's office, he simply asked Urs to sing for him unaccompanied. Impressed by Buhler's tenor voice, Cowell offered him a place in Il Divo. Their first album, Il Divo, became a worldwide multi-platinum selling record when released in November 2004, entering Billboard at number four and selling five million copies worldwide in less than a year and knocking Robbie Williams from the number one spot in the charts. Their second album, Ancora, was released on November 7, 2005 in the United Kingdom. Il Divo's third album Siempre was released on November 21, 2006 in the United States and on November 27, 2006 internationally. Their latest album, The Promise, was released on November 10, 2008 (world) & November 18, 2008 (US), and shot straight to number 1 in the UK.
Urs has a daughter, Wilhelmina, who is from his relationship with Tanya Rodney, the former make-up artist of Il Divo. Wilhelmina was born on 23 December 2008. Urs affectionately calls her Billie. He currently has a girlfriend, Kelly Phelan, a professional gymnast. Urs has had a lifelong love of Harley Davidson motorcycles, and guitars. He collects the motorbikes and restores them when he has the opportunity.
Urs is quiet about his personal affairs, and does not interact on any social media, despite requests by his friends and fans.
- 1991 - One to One
- Studio album:
- 2004 - Il Divo
- 2005 - The Christmas Collection
- 2005 - Ancora
- 2006 - Siempre
- 2008 - The Promise
- 2011 - Wicked Game
- 2013 - A Musical Affair
- Live Album:
- Special Editions:
- 2005 - Il Divo. Gift Edition 
- 2006 - Il Divo Collezione 
- 2006 - Christmas Collection. The Yule Log 
- 2008 - The Promise. Luxury Edition 
- 2011 - Wicked Game. Gift Edition 
- 2011 - Wicked Game. Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set 
- 2012 - The Greatest Hits. Deluxe Limited Edition 
- 2014 - A Musical Affair. Exclusive 
- 2014 - A Musical Affair. French Version 
- 2014 - Live in Japan. Japan Versión 
- 2004 - Live At Gottam Hall
- 2005 - Encore 
- 2005 - Mamá 
- 2006 - The Yule Log: The Christmas Collection 
- 2006 - Live at the Greek Theater 
- 2008 - At The Coliseum (Il Divo)
- 2009 - An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona
- 2011 - Live At The London Coliseum  (Il Divo)
- 2014 - Live In Japan 
- Ba-ta-clan. Opera Minora. Festival Aan Zee in Noordwijk. May 23, 2001.
- Der Vogelhändler (plays leading role, Adam). Nieuwstad Operette in Nieuwegein. November, 2002.
- Eine Nacht in Venedig (plays leading role, Caramello). Nieuwstad Operette in Nieuwegein. November 7, 2003.
- Johannes Passion. Oude Kerk, Delft. With Philharmonisch Koor Toonkunst Rotterdam. April 17, 2003.
- "Il Divo crowned Silver Clef winners". 23 March 2015.
- Fame & Fortune: UK taxes drive Swiss opera star cuckoo
- "Urs Divo Buhler".
- http://www.lastfm.es/ (ed.). "The Greatest Hits (Deluxe)".
- http://www.ildivo.com/ (ed.). "IL DIVO GIFT PACK".
- lahiguera.net (ed.). "SE PUBLICA IL DIVO COLLEZIONE. Incluirá los CDs: Il divo, Ancora y The Christmas Collection, y el DVD Encore".
- http://www.ildivo.com/ (ed.). "Christmas Collection. The Yule Log (DVD)".
- http://www.ildivo.com/ (ed.). "IL DIVO The Promisse Edition Especial".
- http://www.ildivo.com/ (ed.). "IL DIVO JUEGO PERVERSO".
- http://www.ildivo.com/ (ed.). "IL DIVO en edición especial limitada de Wicked game".
- "THE GREATEST HITS - DELUXE LIMITED EDITION".
- "A MUSICAL AFFAIR - EXCLUSIVE (DELUXE GIFT EDITION CD/DVD & 2014 CALENDAR)".
- www.ildivo.com, ed. (2014). "Il Divo pública 'A Musical Affair. French Versión'".
- www.ildivo.com, ed. (24 September 2014). "Un año después del lanzamiento de su exito álbum inspirado en musicales clásicos, Il Divo vuelve a la carga con una edición muy especial de ‘A Musical Affair".
- dvd-peliculas.com, ed. (December 2004). "Il Divo - Gotham Hall Performance (2005)".
- musicme.com, ed. (December 2004). "Il Divo Live at Gotham Hall 2004".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Encore. Il Divo en el teatro romano de Mérida en España".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Videoclip de Mamá, de Il Divo".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'Christmas Collection. The Yule Log'".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo Live at the Greek Theater".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo At The Coliseum".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo Live At The London Coliseum".
- www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo anuncia el lanzamiento de 'Live In Japan', n CD con Dvd en edición deluxe".