William: There were Italian stallions on stage during Il Volo’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015 — and I’m not talking about Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca. The group sang before an LED of Roman monuments, which include statues of lions and horses, and the Venus de Milo and a naked discuss thrower. Italy is the birthplace of opera, so it’s only fitting they play on Italian history. Their voices were flawless: You can tell they’re a group that’s worked together for a while, not three singers cobbled together for Eurovision. They’re seasoned performers and know how to find the camera and the light, even if the details haven’t yet been sorted. The performance begins in relative darkness with spotlights on the singers and a blue LED ring around the floor. But as the song builds the sun rises and orange and yellow give way to silver and white. It’s the most modern, accessible opera performance we’ve ever seen at Eurovision.
Italy: Il Volo’s first rehearsal
Chris: Il Volo came, they saw, they…almost conquered. There were definitely a few issues with camera angles and Piero looked incredibly nervous and lost on stage at times. After that, this was pretty much perfection. The drama is intense throughout and, unsurprisingly, this was vocally out of this world. Easily heading for the top five and I’m very tempted to say that Rome 2016 is on the cards now.
Padraig: There’s a reason why Il Volo are already superstars. Apart from some dodgy camera shots, this was virtually flawless. “Grande Amore” is the best opera song at Eurovision ever, and will most certainly not suffer the same fate as Amaury, Malena or Cezar. Vocals, staging, looks. The trio smouldered and burned the competition away.
Il Volo: Review and reaction
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Photo: Elena Voltova (EBU)