‘Popera‘ trio Il Volo comes to El Paso
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05
Coming back for their second North American tour, Italian Opera trio, Il Volo will stop at the Plaza Theatre on Sept. 25 for the first time, with an evening filled with classical music.
Il Volo, which translates to “The Flight,” is composed of three teenage tenors, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, all who competed individually in the second edition of Italian TV show, Ti lascio una canzone (“Leavin’ you a song”). The trio became a “popera” sensation after their performance of the Neapolitan classic, “O Sole Mio” (“My Sunshine”) in 2009.
According to Bryan Crowe, assistant general manager at the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau, Il Volo became a huge hit in the United States.
“These three young folks have gained a lot of recognition, with special appearances in the finale of HBO comedy show, ‘Entourage, along with their national concert being aired live, from the Detroit Opera House, to PBS in March, 2012,” Crowe said.
Crowe said that not only will the concert be entertaining to a wide range of people, but it will also be very educative for younger crowds.
“Demographically, we are expecting for a high attendance rate,” Crowe said. “If the tickets keep selling as good as they have for the past few days, we are expecting to have a full house for Sept. 25.”
More than 1,600 tickets have been sold over the course of five months, according to the Ticket Master website.
Crowe said that having Il Volo perform in El Paso is a tremendous opportunity for students with a background in voice performance.
“By working alongside the promoter, we were able to bring Il Volo to El Paso,” Crowe said. “Thanks to this collaboration, students will have the chance to hear them live and in person instead of traveling to other cities and see them perform.”
Lilia Romero Llorante, sophomore theater performance major, said she is very excited to attend the concert.
“It is a great opportunity for any performer,” Romero said. “I personally love Il Volo, especially because their style of music is not a 100 percent opera but a mix with pop. I think that by promoting classical music, Il Volo has been able to attract younger generations.”
Stephanie Corral, junior philosophy major, also said that it’s a great way to experience them first hand, helping voice performers create their own type of singing style.
“Since I’m minoring in voice performance I really appreciate these types of events that are brought to El Paso for the community to experience,” Corral said. “Especially one that invites the audience to hear classical Italian music from such young performers.”
Students that are recently taking Italian language courses at UTEP are also looking forward to this event.
“Learning the language is one thing, but being able to hear the Italian language through song and by Italian performers is really exciting,” said Estefania Perea, junior media advertising major. “Attending the Il Volo concert is a great way to test my hearing skills, later applying it in the material and understanding it a little bit better.”
Il Volo will continue their 2012 tour through the U.S. with five more stops along the way. Cities include Seattle, Phoenix, San Francisco and Chicago.
For more information, call 534-0600. Ticket prices range from $45-$90 at ticket-master.com.
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