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Il Volo at the Fox, 3 Things To Know

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Il Volo is Italian for “The Flight,” and this trio has been flying high since it formed in 2010.

The three classically trained singers -- Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble,, all in their early and mid-20s -- have won a worldwide following with their mix of operatic pieces and pop favorites and standards. Most recently they paid homage to their heroes with their latest release, “Notte Magica -- A Tribute To The Three Tenors,” which includes a guest appearance by Placido Domingo.

You’ll find Il Volo routinely at the top of the Billboard Classical, Latin and Latin Pop charts, and they remain committed to bringing classical vocal music to the masses -- whether it’s “O Sole Mio” or Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”...

• The members of Il Volo are hopeful “Notte Magic” will bring younger fans to classical and operatic music just as the original Three Tenors inspired them. “We used to listen to this kind of music and watch some of the videos from the past,” recalls Boschetto, 22, while Ginoble, who’s also 22, explains that, “A lot of people love that (Three Tenors) concert, and also people from our age because this kind of music will never die. That’s why we want to bring it to the young generation. The Three Tenors sung by three young Italian men, that makes it special. It makes it different.”

• Having Domingo as part of the project, co-conducting the orchestra as well as singing, made the project even more special for Il Volo. “This time it was different because we performed opera, aria, and all the classical songs,” Ginoble says. “But thanks to (Domingo) everything was easier because he helped us to be relaxed and not nervous, and it was very easy. And singing by his side, with him conducting ‘Nessun Dorma’ in front of those thousands of people in Florence was something unforgettable.” Barone, 23, adds that, “We didn’t have a lot of time to spend with him, but it’s a friendship. We have a very strong relationship. We know the family, we know his son. And we learn so much from his passion for the music. He’s like a warrior.”

• Don’t look for Il Volo to stray too far from the path it’s established during it’s first seven years of recording. “We are an operatic pop group,” Ginoble, 22, explains. “We started with “O Sole Mio.” We don’t want to change our music but maybe we can try everything. We are open-minded, but of course we have the music that we like. We don’t do something we don’t like. If our manager introduces us to a project, we have to like it. We have some input, yes.”

If You Go:

• Il Volo

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16.

• The Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $39.50-$149.50.

• Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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