Il Volo Impresses at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach - September 13

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There were a couple of things that could've ruined my Il Volo experience. First off, I initially thought they were called Il Vulva and were a Vagina Monologues tribute opera. Not the case. Secondly, there was an oddly dressed and smelly man sitting in front of me who yelled out whoops like he was at a Jay-Z concert.

Once I got past all of that, I was still an opera novice at a sold-out teen opera concert. It didn't help that the show opened with cheesy lighting and background images straight out of a Windows screen saver. I haven't seen anything like it since I saw Neil Diamond in concert (that insufferable genius bastard).

With everything apparently working against the trio -- who I dubbed "Pretty," "Smooth Operator," and "Glasses," (respectively, see above) -- things weren't looking good. And then they opened their mouths.

They were all born in the '90s. I know, it's totally gross. They've accomplished more as teenagers than most people probably will ever. And it's not from a false inheritance of fame or the whoring of fame that's so prominent these days. It's because they not only have an incredible gift, but they have clearly worked meticulously at growing and maintaining that gift.

Glasses and Smooth Operator (a.k.a Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto) unexpectedly brought an element of slapstick comedy to the show. It was like watching two of the Three Stooges goof off in between bouts of astonishing vocal performances. Between Glasses trying to say the word "world" without seductively licking the audience and Smooth Operator ordering Glasses to de-clothe him, they managed to keep everyone laughing.

Pretty, (AKA Gianluca Ginoble, whom I suspect knows exactly how attractive he is) made the error of mistaking overly dramatic facial expressions and hand movements for showing passion for his singing. Corny doesn't begin to cover it, but his saving grace was his breathtaking rendition of West Side Story's "Maria." Not an audience member gambled to breathe, lest they be too loud and miss a note. Even my odorous neighbor dared not let out a single whoop.

"Funiculi, Funicula" was the song that brought everyone to their feet. You've probably heard it, even if you don't recognize the name. The lively music paired with their sensational voices made the experience of watching them exhilarating. Although each member of the group brings an indelible talent to the stage, it's when they sing together in three-part harmony that magic is made.

Throughout the show, I kept changing my mind on whose voice I liked the most. In the end I decided on Glasses, despite the hipsterness of his nick-namesake. But if I saw them tomorrow I'd probably change my mind. The talent is undeniable, the gimmick is their age, but one day that won't work any more. Good thing they don't need it. All they need is a stage and someone lucky enough to listen.



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Kravis Center

701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

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rrs1854
rrs1854

First off, this was not an opera concert. It was an Italian classics, that also included some songs in English, and Spanish. I guess if it isn't hip-hop it might sound like opera to those who only like the current pop music. Perhaps someone should try and educate the reviewer prior to sending them to see something they are totally ignorant about. And the cheesy settings and lighting should be blamed on the Kravis people.

 

 

bocabingo
bocabingo

I think this is an ugly article.

I saw IlVOLO last night and they were wonderful, refreshing and they brought the house down! Their talent is undisputed!

smiley
smiley

LOve Il Volo! enjoyed this review as well 

jlongstreth1
jlongstreth1

Wait, I'm confused now. The order of the boys in the picture you posted is Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero and you call them Pretty, Smooth Operator and Glasses "respectively, see above". Then halfway thru the article Ignazio suddenly becomes Smooth Operator??? There's nothing worse than a bad reviewer who's also a bad fact checker, that's what I always say! But hey, you spelled their names right, I'll give you points for that! And even though you didn't ask my opinion, Pretty/Smooth Operator/Ignazio is my favorite singer of the group. I just hope he doesn't need therapy for his identity crisis.

cjones57
cjones57 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow!  What a "SNARKY" review! I actually think this review was more about who you think you are than the actual show.  Who cares about all your little ridiculous innuendos?  The talent at this show is unmatched in America.  No, America would rather watch people with pink and blue hair and boxes on their heads bounce to music made by Garage Band on their MAC.  BRAVO, IL VOLO!  BRAVO!!

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