Head Coach Kim will be heading to Cardiff Arena to massage the hugely popular operatic band, Il Divo before their sold out live performance. To find out more about the band visit www.ildivo.com or read the extract taken from their site. There are also a few tickets left for the tour dates in Europe so have a look and book today – they are certainly one of the most unique and talented groups around.
“Il Divo are back: refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to remind the world just what we’ve been missing.
The original and most popular operatic quartet return in November with their richest, most dynamic and diverse album, The Promise.
“People might be surprised by this album,” suggests American tenor David Miller. “Our goal was to approach it with fresh ears and fresh spirits, and try some different things. We’ve still got all the cannons and fireworks, but there is more range, different dynamics, more light and shade, more colour. It’s a more complete album.”
Something crucial happened to Il Divo in the process of making this record. Four singers from different countries and different musical disciplines discovered a new unity of purpose.
“We are more mature than when we started,” according to Spanish baritone Carlos Marin. “We are not in the mode of being four solo singers anymore. We are a group.”
“We have gained a lot of trust in each other,” elaborates Swiss tenor Urs Buhler. “We realised that what’s best for Il Divo is best for each of us, cause we are Il Divo. You can’t separate one from the other.”
Or as French pop singer Sebastien Izambard puts it: “Il Divo became one.”
Il Divo were initially brought together by pop impresario Simon Cowell in 2004, following an extensive worldwide audition process. The virtuoso blending of operatic technique with romantic and popular song took the world by storm, with sales of over 22 million. Their first three albums, ‘Il Divo’, ‘Ancora’ and ‘Siempre’ scored 36 number 1 chart positions across 26 countries. But success was hard earned.
“It was a massive experiment, really,” recalls David. “You bring four solo singers together, three operatic, one pop, four different countries, there’s language barriers, there’s no template for what we were trying to do. Simon said, ‘here’s some songs, make me proud.’ We had to figure it out as we went along.”
The trick of Il Divo has been to make it look so easy. The public fell for these four handsome men, singing their hearts out, transforming some of the great songs of the popular canon with outstanding vocal skills. But behind the scenes it involved all consuming dedication and a relentless drive for perfection. “For everybody it has been a big journey,” explains Sebastian. “We put the work in. We try to make everything the best. That’s the challenge.”
Il Divo’s schedule has been non stop. Two sold out world tours have seen them performing to over 1.5 million people in thirty countries. They appeared at the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA 2006 World Cup, singing the official theme song with Toni Braxton. And they were special guests of Barbara Streisand on her 2006 tour of North America. And all the time they have been refining and defining the musical genre they have effectively created, searching, as David puts it, for songs and a style that suit both opera and pop, “so that we can transcend the two.”
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