IL Volo (The Flight) is an Italian operatic trio formed while at a show for young, and very talented singers. It's members are Pierre Barone, born June 24, 1993, Ignazio Boschetti, born October 4, 1994, and Gianluca Gianoble born February 11, 1995.
The three young tenors met in 2009 while competing on Rai's weekly competative show, Ti Lascia Una Canzone Ti Lascia Una Canzone (I Leave You With a Song) at the Ariston Theater in Sanremo Italy. The 3 tenors, competed seperately along with many other talented young singers at first.
On May 2, 2009, Gianluca won the competition for singing IL Mare Calma Della Sera (The Sea is Calm During the Evening), which is one of Andrea Bocelli's songs.
During the competition, Gianluca, Ignazio, and Pierre were asked to perform the classic Neopolitan song O Sole Mio as a trio. They continued performing under different names such as "Tre Tenori", "The Tryo", "Il Trio", and then in the Fall of 2010, they decided to call themselves IL Volo.
IL Volo's first self titled album was recorded in London in 2010, and released on November 30 of that year in Italy. It reached number 6 on the Italian Albums Chart, and received the Gold Certification by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.
IL Volo released an international edition in April of 2011. It was promoted in the US. The group performed O Sole Mio on American Idol. The album debuted at number 10 on Billboard's 200 list, and number 1 on the Classic Albums selling 23,000 copies during it's first week. The album reached the top 10 in other countries. A Spanish album was released and peaked at number 6 in Mexico, where it received certified Gold selling 30,000 copies. The album also received an RIAA Latin Gold Award for selling 50,000 copies in the U.S.
The trio has made appearances on many shows, including 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.
IL Volo recorded 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). It was later released on Amazon.com on February 28, 2012.
The trio performed with Barbara Streisand in November of 2012.
IL Volo released their second album titled "We Are Love" on November 19, 2012.
The group performed on December 11, 2012 at the Nobel Prize concert in Oslo Norway with King Harald V in attendance.
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