O público tem muita curiosidade em relação às informações biográficas dos divos.
Estas minibiografias, em inglês, contém uma variedade de dados, inclusive biométricos (que também despertam muito interesse).
Acrescentei atualizações em relação ao estado civil. Dois divos solteiros se casaram (Sébastien e David) e Carlos, que era casado, se divorciou. E inseri o item “filhos”.
Não tenho meios para atualizar as preferências pessoais que, ademais, devem ser creditadas à imaginação e criatividade de quem escreve.
Enfatizo que os divos são discretos no se refere à vida pessoal. Lembro que Urs adotou o silêncio total sobre sua intimidade, a partir de seu suposto relacionamento com Tania Rodney. Ele nunca falou, na primeira pessoa, sobre este assunto, nem tampouco sobre sua paternidade.
E como eu ando muita séria aqui, vou brincar um pouquinho: a palavra mais interessante foi acrescida por mim. E qual é? “divorced”, of course!
Born: 13th October 1968, Germany (Spanish parents)
Star Sign: Libra
Home: Madrid, Spain
Eyes: Honey brown
Height: c.5’10” (178cm)
Siblings: One sister
Girlfriend ?: Divorced (Geraldine Larrosa), February, 2009
Children : none
Background: Carlos has taken masterclasses with Alfredo Kraus, Monserrat Caballe and Jaime Aragall and has won critical acclaim as primo baritono in many operas, including Spanish versions of Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast and full scale operas such as La Traviata, Figaro, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme and Madame Butterfly. He professes a love for performing.
Music: Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Queen.
Languages spoken: Spanish (Mother Tongue), English, German, bit of Italian
Instruments played: piano (and guitar?)
Likes: The ladies (!), sport
Born: 19th July 1971, Willisau (Luzern)
Star Sign: Cancer
Home: Luzern, Switzerland
Height: c.5’10” (178cm)
Siblings: One brother & three sisters.
Girlfriend?: Dated, Tania Rodney, 2008 (?)
Children: a girl, Billie, born in January, 6th, 2009 (?)
Background: Urs attended the Academy for School and Church Music, sang in a boy’s choir and at 17 joined a hard rock band, ‘Conspiracy’, but decided to study classical music after hearing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. He studied in Switzerland, had private tuition with Gosta Winberg and Christian Papis (French tenor) and studied at The Amsterdam Conservatory under Udo Reinemann. He has sung with the Salzburg and Amsterdam Operas and spent the last 7 years before Il Divo making a name for himself as a star of Holland’s Oratorio circuit.
Music: Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Nightwish, Van Halen, Dokken, 80’s and 90’s hard rock and heavy metal.
Languages spoken: Swiss-German (MT), German, Dutch, English, French
Instruments played: Piano, guitar, drums, clarinet, violin.
Likes: Motorbikes (riding and restoring them), horseriding
Born: 7th March 1973
Star Sign: Pisces
Home: Paris, France
Voice: Tenor (not classically trained)
Height: c.6′ (183cm)
Siblings: Only child
Girlfriend?: Married, to Rennée Murphy, August , 2008
Children : a boy and a girl (twins) – Luca e Rose – Born March, 20th, 2008
Background: The only self-taught singer in the group, Seb is also a songwriter who plays guitar and piano, has produced for French artistes in Paris and supported Johnny Haliday at his 2001 concert at the Paris Olympia. In 2002 he played Le Businessman in Richard Cocciante’s Le Petit Prince. He released his first solo album, ‘Libre’ in 2001 and was working on his second when he joined Il Divo.
Music: Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Jacques Brel, Johnny Haliday, Queen, Razorlight, Maroon 5, Keane, Scissor Sisters, Coldplay, James Blunt.
Languages spoken: French (MT), English, bit of Italian, learning Spanish!
Instruments played: Piano, guitar.
Likes: Aviation, tennis, swimming, Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’, jelly babies & red wine!
Born: 14th April 1973, San Diego, California
Star Sign: Aries
Home: Littleton, Colorado / New York
Height: c.6’4″ (193cm)
Siblings: Two sisters
Girlfriend?: Married, to Sarah Joy Kabanuck, August, 2009
Background: A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, David has a BA in Vocal Performance and a Masters Degree in operatic theatre. He was based in New York for 10 years and has sung over 45 operatic and music theatre leading roles in the Americas, Australia and Europe, including including Tony in ‘West Side Story’ at La Scala in Milan, and Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Boheme.
Music: Techno, drum ‘n’ bass and happy hardcore!, Eminem, Bijork, The Prodigy.
Languages spoken: English (MT), bit of Japanese (!)
Instruments played: Piano, trombone
Likes: Star Wars, Monty Python, playstation games.