In May, 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers, Piero Barone (now 18), Ignazio Boschetto (17), and Gianluca Ginoble (17), appeared on the popular Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard “O Sole Mio.” The boys decided their group needed a name. IL VOLO means "flight" in Italian. When asked why the boys chose this name they said “the music makes us fly".
Fast forward to August, 2012. Il Volo has just been chosen to open eight shows for the legendary Barbra Streisand. But the Streisand dates, really, are just another peak since Il Volo spread their wings after appearing on that talent show.
In short order, the trio, managed by Michele Torpedine (clients also include Andrea Bocelli and Italian rock star Zucchero) and Oscar nominated singer/producer/composer Tony Renis, signed a worldwide recording contract with Universal Music Group. They also became the first Italian artists to sign with Geffen Records in the U.S.
Their self-titled debut album IL VOLO was recorded in Los Angeles and Rome, as well as at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios; Renis produced it with veteran producer Humberto Gatica (Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion). It showcased the three young singers’ astonishing vocal talent and interpretive gifts within a context of both classic and new compositions: “O Sole Mio,” “Il Mondo,” “E Più Ti Penso” (a medley of Ennio Morricone songs from the soundtracks to Once Upon a Time in America and Malena), “El Reloj” (a brand-new song sung in Spanish), “Smile” (written by Charlie Chaplin for his film Modern Times and later popularized by Nat King Cole), “Notte Stellata/The Swan” (from the well-known musical theme composed by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns), “La Luna Hizo Esto” and “Painfully Beautiful” (both written specially for Il Volo by multi-platinum songwriter Diane Warren), “Per Te” (written by multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff), “This Time” (a new song written by Michelle Lewis) and “Un Amore Così Grande” (a classic from the late ’70s Italian music tradition).