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Il Divo

Il Divo

GenesisThe idea behind Il Divo's creation came to Cowell after hearing Andrea Bocelli perform "Con te partirò" while watching The Sopranos. In 2004, G4, a quartet of operatic male singers, also appeared in the UK on Cowell's TV show The X Factor. They finished runners-up, but were signed by Sony records - ironically, the lead singer of this group, Jonathan Ansell, had previously auditioned to be a member of Il Divo. Cowell was already aware of this new appreciation for lyrical voices and classical music, he had decided to form a multinational quartet (the members hail from Spain, Switzerland, France, and the United States, the name being in Italian) that recreated the style of The Three Tenors.Cowell conducted a worldwide search for young singers who were willing to embark on the Il Divo project, which lasted two years, from 2001 until December 2003, when the fourth member of Il Divo, American tenor David Miller, was signed. The well-established formation of Il Divo comprises a renowned Spanish baritone, Carlos Marín; two classically trained tenors, Swiss Urs Bühler and American David Miller; and a French pop singer, Sébastien Izambard.StylingThe members of Il Divo are also known for their flawless, refined and elegant image, but with some innovative and brilliant touch, always wearing suits of Giorgio Armani.Musical StyleCreating Il Divo created a revolution within the pure genre of opera because of its musical combination of lyrical singing and classical music (opera), with songs of different genres, including latin, folk, ballads and pop. But his lyrical voices kept playing iconic songs, is not synonymous with opera, nor pop. There is talk of an intermediate term, but not of a merger between the two, since such lines can not merge. So we talk about a new invention of musical style, from the hand of the quartet itself, called Opera-Pop.The example clearly displayed with the tessitura voice of each member of the group; David and Carlos are tenor and baritone Carlos is with long careers in the world of opera and classical musical and vocal training, in contrast to Sébastien that no part of such training and his voice is classified as vox populi, but has a bell-like tenor voice, he is putting margin pop musical group.Musical careerIl Divo sings in Spanish, English, Italian, French and Latin. Il Divo was named the Most Multinational UK No.1 Album Group in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.On 25 April 2007, Il Divo performed on American Idol in one of the "Idol Gives Back" episodes, which raised money for children in the U.S. and Africa. For every vote cast during that show, Idol sponsors Coca-Cola, AT&T, and others donated money to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) and other groups such as Save the Children and America's Second Harvest.On 12 December 2008, Il Divo performed their new song at the Swedish Idol 2008 finale in the Globen Arena in Stockholm.Having just completed a six-month tour of America, Australia, and Europe, Il Divo then participated in all 20 concerts by Barbra Streisand in her North American tour as her special guests. "Streisand: The Tour" with Il Divo was ranked second for all tours for 2006, generating $92.5 million in gross sales. They also accompanied her in her Europe's concerts.On 9 June 2006, Il Divo performed the 2006 FIFA World Cup official song, "The Time of Our Lives," with R&B singer Toni Braxton live, at half-time, during the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica and again a month later at the 9 July closing ceremony. The song is available exclusively on the Voices from the FIFA World Cup compilation album and on the European reissue of Braxton's album Libra but not on any Il Divo album. A shortened version of the song is featured on the second disc of Braxton's greatest hits album.The Paraguay show was Il Divo's biggest capacity performance ever and took place on 20 December 2011, at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion, for 33 900 people.On July 19, 2014, Il Divo played before a capacity crowd at Edinburgh Castle where a pop festival took place ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The group performed Amazing Grace at the event which also saw artists such as Jessie J, Smokey Robinson and Culture Club perform.Musical CollaborationsBarbra Streisand («Music of the Night», «Somewhere», «Evergreen») Celine Dion («I Believe In You») Michael Ball («Love Changes Everything») Kristin Chenoweth («Do You Hear What I Hear», «All I Ask Of You») Nicole Scherzinger («Memory») Heather Headley («Can you feel the love tonight?») Toni Braxton («The Time of Our Lives») Katherine Jenkins («Somewhere») Leona Lewis («Somewhere») Lisa Angell («Can you feel the love tonight?») Lea Salonga («A Whole New World», «Time to say goodbye/Con te partirò», «Can you feel the love tonight?») Sonia Lacen («L'envie d'aimer») Hélène Ségara («Memory»)Florent Pagny («Belle»)Vincent Niclo («Le Temps Des Cathédrales») Anggun («Who Wants To Live Forever»)Natasha St-Pier («Aimer») Mazz Murray («Memory», «Time to say goodbye/Con te partirò», «Music of the Night»)


Hot tracks

Il Divo - Unbreak My Heart

Unbreak My Heart


Celine Dion & Il Divo - I Believe In You (Je Crois En Toi)

I Believe In You (Je Crois En Toi)


Il Divo - O Holy Night

O Holy Night


Il Divo - Nights In White Satin

Nights In White Satin


Il Divo - Without You (Desde El Dia Que Te Fuiste)

Without You (Desde El Dia Que Te Fuiste)


Il Divo - The Winner Takes It All (Va Todo Al Ganador)

The Winner Takes It All (Va Todo Al Ganador)


Il Divo - The Power Of Love

The Power Of Love


Il Divo - Hallelujah



Il Divo - Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace


Il Divo - Wicked Game (Melanconia)

Wicked Game (Melanconia)