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Sept. 2, 2011, 9:00 a.m. EDT

SYCO/Columbia Records Announce the Release of Wicked Game, the Highly Anticipated New Album From Il Divo

–Available Everywhere, Tuesday, November 8 –Wicked Game available now for pre-order on Amazon

 NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Il Divo, the world’s foremost classical crossover group, release their stunning new album, Wicked Game, on November 8th on SYCO/Columbia Records. This phenomenal quartet — Carlos Marin, Sebastien Izambard, David Miller and Urs Buhler — return with their most impressive album since their 2004 debut defined a new musical genre.

 

Il Divo will perform “Wicked Game,” their dramatic reworking of the Chris Isaak classic, on September 7th on the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent.

In May, the UK Classical Brits presented Il Divo the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award. Earlier this month they played two landmark concerts at the London Coliseum backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where they previewed new material.

The new album is produced by Per Magnusson and David Krueger with additional production from Richard ‘Biff’ Stannard. In addition to the title track, other highlights include an emotionally beautiful rendering of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and a heavenly version of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio For Strings.”

Carlos Marin describes the recording of the new album as “unbelievable — you can really hear the evolution. And that connection between us, the way that the combination produces magic, it’s stronger than ever.”

Urs Buhler believes this new album will delight their fans as much as it has them. “We think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done,” he states.

David Miller says what sets Il Divo apart is “the range of colors that the four of our voices has.”

Sebastien Izambard pinpoints their unique relationship with their audience as a key strength. “That’s the biggest achievement, bigger than any award, seeing all the fans out there. And they are still there, six years on.”

Their groundbreaking success has brought an entirely new vocal sound to modern day music and they are solely responsible for creating a brand new, widely copied genre.

With more than 25 million album sales, 150 gold and platinum awards, over 2 million concert tickets sold and the only classical crossover album — Ancora — ever to enter the Billboard Top 200 at number 1, Il Divo could rest on their laurels, but that has never been their style.

Their story continues to evolve and Wicked Game is a very exciting new chapter.

The complete track listing is as follows:

1) Wicked Game (Melancholia)2) Dov’e L’Amore3) Crying (Llorando)4) Don’t Cry For Me Argentina5) Falling Slowly (Te Prometo)6) Come What May (Te Amore)7) Sempre Sempre8) Time to Say Goodbye9) Senza Parole 10) Stay (Ven A Mi)

SOURCE SYCO/Columbia Records

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Il Divo estrena ‘Wicked Game’

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Recientemente el grupo se prensentó ‘Red or Black’ (Gran Bretaña) y ‘Americas Got Talent’ (Estados Unidos). NOTIMEX
  • El tema es una adaptación de la melodía de Chris Isaak

Esta producción será lanzada el próximo 8 de noviembre

 MÉXICO (17/SEP/2011).- El cuarteto musical de ópera Il Divo, actualmente reconocido como ‘El Artista de la Década’, lanzará a nivel mundial su nueva producción discográfica ‘Wicked game’, el 8 de noviembre próximo.  Recientemente, el grupo se presentó en los programas de televisión ‘Red or black’ (Gran Bretaña) y ‘America’s got talent’ (Estados Unidos), donde estrenó en vivo el tema que da nombre su nuevo álbum, y el cual es una adaptación de la melodía de Chris Isaak.  

Además, ofreció dos conciertos en colaboración con la Royal Philharmonic Orchestra en el London Coliseum, donde mostró parte de su nuevo repertorio, que será presentado como DVD y CD+DVD en noviembre.  

El disco, que fue producido por Per Magnusson y David Krueger, cuenta con la participación de Richard ‘Biff’ Stannard, además de 10 canciones, entre las cuales destacan el homenaje al tema ‘Crying’, de Roy Orbison y una versión nueva de ‘Adagio for strings’, de Samuel Barber.  

Acerca de su consolidación, el cuarteto formado por Carlos Marín, Sebastien Izambard, David Miller y Urs Buhler, coincide en que este trabajo ha sido el más importante en su trayectoria, ya que muestra su maduración en la escena musical.  

‘Es increíble, realmente se puede escuchar la evolución y la conexión entre nosotros, el modo en que las cosas van combinando es mágica, se siente más poderoso que nunca’, explicó Marín.  

Por último, Sebastien Izambard destaca la relación que llevan con su audiencia como la principal fortaleza del grupo: ‘Ese es nuestro más grande logro, es más importante que cualquier premio, ver a nuestros seguidores esperando por nosotros. Y ahí están, tras seis años’. 

 
 
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Uno Noticias, 11/10/2010

Anuncian nominados a premio Lunas del Auditorio

Más de 150 artistas, grupos y compañía teatrales fueron elegidos en 20 categorías para la ceremonia de entrega de las Lunas del Auditorio, que el próximo 27 de octubre celebrará su novena edición en el Auditorio Nacional.

A continuación la lista de los nominados.

Rock en Español: Alejandra Guzmán, Bunbury y Café Tacvba; Festival Vive Latino 2010: Gustavo Cerati, Jaguares, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Panda Zoé y Babasónicos; Rock en Lengua Extranjera: AC/DC, Coldplay, Depeche Mode. Kings of Leon, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Placebo y The Killers; Pop en Español:Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Trevi, Julieta Venegas, La Oreja de Van Gogh, La Quinta Estación, Miguel Bosé y Yuri; Pop en Lengua Extranjera: Drake Bell, Elton John, Eros Ramazotti, Il Divo, Jonas Brothers, Nelly Furtado, Pet Shop Boys, Pitbull, Sarah Brightman y Simply Red;

Música Electrónica:David Guetta, DJ Tiësto, Kinky, Moby, Paul Oakenfold y The Prodigy; Jazz y Blues: Betsy Pecanins, Charles Gayle Trio, Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Diana Krall, Eddie Palmieri, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gil Cervantes, Paté de Fuá y Troker; Música Grupera: Banda El Recodo, Intocable, Jenni Rivera, La Arrolladora Banda el Limón, Los Temerarios, Los Tigres del Norte y Lupillo Rivera; Música Afroamericana:Akon, Aventura, Celso Piña, Daddy Yankee, Juan Luis Guerra, La Internacional Sonora Santanera, Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades y Wisin & Yandel, Música Mexicana:Fernando de la Mora, Joan Sebastian, Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis, Pedro Fernández, Pepe Aguilar, Rolando Villazón y Vicente Fernández; Música Iberoamericana: Caetano Veloso, Concha Buika, Diego El Cigala, Fernando Delgadillo, Joaquín Sabina, Omara Portuondo, Óscar Chávez y Silvio Rodríguez.

Entre muchas otras categorías más.

Fuente: Notimex

 
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Sabina, Fito y Fitipaldis y Alejandro Sanz fueron los más vendidos en 2009

Por Agencia EFE – hace 12 horasMadrid, 9 ago (EFE).- “Vinagre y rosas”, de Joaquín Sabina; “Antes de que cuente 10″, de Fito y los Fitipaldis”; y “Paraíso Express”, de Alejandro Sanz, fueron los tres discos más vendidos en España en el 2009, un año en el que los artistas nacionales triunfaron sobre los extranjeros en las listas de éxitos.

“Sin mirar atrás”, de Davis Bisbal; “Duermevela”, de El Barrio; Amaia Montero con su disco homónimo de debut en solitario tras dejar La Oreja de Van Gogh; “No line on the Horizon”, de U2, “X Anniversarium”, de Estopa; “50 años después”, de Raphael; y “Radio La Colifata”, del Canto del Loco, completan la lista de los diez más vendidos, según datos del Anuario SGAE 2010. 

Si bien en los últimos años la presencia de artistas extranjeros había sido creciente en la clasificación de los 50 discos más vendidos en España, tanto en el 2008 como el año pasado se mantuvo la supremacía nacional, con 33 discos de repertorio español y 17 trabajos extranjeros, según destaca el informe.

 Entre los cantantes y grupos foráneos figuran, además de los irlandeses U2 -los únicos que entraron en el top 10-, Il Divo con “The promise”, la banda sonora de la película “Hannah Montana”; el disco póstumo de Michael Jackson, “This is it”; Bruce Springsteen con “Working on a dream” o Coldplay con “Viva la vida”.

 Por otro lado, figuran los discos recopilatorios, una categoría en las que los más vendidos el pasado año fueron “Patito Feo”, “Los Nº1 de los 40 Principales 2009″, “Los Nº1 de los 40 Principales 2008″, “Pop it, Rock it”, y “Fama ¡a bailar! 2″.

 Mientras, los distintos volúmenes de “Cantajuego” y los títulos de Michael Jackson “Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous tour”, “Number Ones” y “History on Film II” coparon la lista de los DVD musicales más vendidos en el 2009.

 © EFE 2010. Está expresamente prohibida la redistribución y la redifusión de todo o parte de los contenidos de los servicios de Efe, sin previo y expreso consentimiento de la Agencia EFE S.A.

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Il Divo to perform in Vietnam this August
Last update 16:38, Monday, 26/07/2010 (GMT+7)
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VietNamNet Bridge – The world famous band will arrive in Vietnam this August to perform at the finale of Miss Vietnam Global 2010.

  Northern region contributes 20 beauties to Miss Vietnam Global

 

 

 

Il Divo come to Vietnam on August 19 to perform in the finale at Vinpearland stage in Nha Trang on August 21. The organising board will hold a press conference in HCM City on August 19 to introduce the band and its play list for the final night.

 

“We’ve heard a lot about beautiful and peaceful Vietnam, so all of us are very eager to visit. Il Divo is very proud to perform in a beauty pageant of the Vietnamese community in our first time in Vietnam,” remarked Il Divo’s representative, singer Carlos Marin.

 

The finale of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 will be aired live on VTV3 and VTV4 channels.

 

Il Divo (meaning “divine male performer” in Italian) is a multinational operatic pop vocal group created by music manager, executive, and reality TV star Simon Cowell. Formed in the UK, they are also signed to Cowell’s record label, Syco Music. Il Divo is a group of four male singers: Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, American tenor David Miller, and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard.

 

Il Divo sings in English, Italian, Spanish, 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, the show’s sponsors (Coca-Cola, AT&T, and others) donated money to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund 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. “Streisand: The Tour” with Il Divo was ranked second for all tours for 2006, generating $92.5 million in gross sales.

 

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 “Voices from the FIFA World Cup” album, and on the European reissue of Braxton’s album “Libra”, but not on any Il Divo album.

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Il Divo se apresentará na Jordânia, no dia 9 de Julho, segundo notíciário.
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Sevilla

Il Divo cancela su concierto previsto para el 19 de junio en Sevilla por el aplazamiento de su gira hasta 2011

Foto de la Noticia
Foto: EP

SEVILLA, 13 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -

   La productora Merrick Aran informó hoy de la anulación de los conciertos que Il Divo tenía previsto realizar el próximo 19 de junio en Sevilla y 13 del mismo mes en Valencia.

   Según un comunicado de la productora, la cancelación de los conciertos por parte del cuarteto operístico en ambas ciudades se produce por el aplazamiento de su gira por España hasta el 2011. Al respecto, Merrick Aran lamentó “las molestias ocasionadas” y agradeció “la comprensión de los medios y espectadores”.

   Il Divo es un grupo internacional de ópera-pop creado por el productor musical Simon Cowell para la discográfica Sony BMG. Está formado por el barítono español Carlos Marín, el tenor norteamericano David Miller, el tenor suizo Urs Bühler y el cantante pop francés Sebastien Izambard.

http://www.europapress.es/andalucia/sevilla-00357/noticia-il-divo-cancela-concierto-previsto-19-junio-sevilla-aplazamiento-gira-2011-20100513172441.html

Jordan presents music festival in Amman

http://www.cottages-for-holidays.com/174/2010-0294/jordan-amman-en.html

(News from Asia)
The traditional Music Festival will begin in the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 30 June 2010 and will last until the end of summer. Within two months in the Citadel of Amman will be held musical performances of various styles. The program already includes jazz, symphonic, chamber, pop and rock groups. At the festival will perform bands not only from Jordan, but also from China, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq and Spain. At the opening ceremony of the festival will perform the world-famous singer from Egypt, Amal Maher, accompanied by the orchestra under the direction of well-known Selim Sahab. The festival is expected to be attended by such international stars as: Pink Martini, an opera group Il Divo, flamenco singer Rafael Amargo (Spain), Mercan Dede and the group Secret Tribe (Turkey) – will perform with a dance show of dervishes in the evening of Arabic jazz will take part Itar Shame (Syria), Omar Al Faqir & Aziz Maraqa (Jordan). The cost of tickets is from 10 to 100 Jordanian dinars (14-117 euros), depending on the concert.

For the guests of the Festival it will be very interesting to visit the fair of handicrafts, where they will see Jordanian crafts and masters can share with the secrets of making various works of art.

Amman, which will host the music festival, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (the first settlements appeared here more than 10 thousand years ago). Located on the north-west of the Jordan only 35 kilometers from the Dead Sea, it every year attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world. Spread over seven hills Amman often called the “White City” due to the fact that most houses are built from white limestone. In this city are harmoniously interwoven antiquity and modern high-tech. Traditional coffee shops and craft shops stand side by side with ultra-modern hotels, restaurants and shops. Amman consists of two parts: the old, which is called “Ballad”, and modern – “West Amman”. In the “Ballad” are located the main attractions and historical sites. The most popular and best known of which is the Citadel – a hill with the ruins of the temple of Hercules, erected in Judea during the time of King Herod in the I century BC. At the foot of the Citadel is situated a Roman amphitheater for 6,000 spectators, which is still used for cultural events. There is also a Jordanian folklore museum, where tourists can better understand the culture and customs of Jordan.

Date: 23/06/2010

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Jordan Festival to begin today

By Mohammad Ghazal

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27926

AMMAN – The Jordan Festival opens today, with organisers expecting the annual event to attract over 50,000 people.

The month-long event, organised by the Friends of Jordan Festivals (FJF) society in cooperation with organisers of the Beiteddine Festival, features a variety of Jordanian, Arab and international artists and will take place at Jabal Al Qalaa (the Citadel), with ticket prices starting at JD10.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is a tribute to Um Kulthoum, seen by many as most renowned Arab diva in the 20th century. Egyptian singer Amaal Maher, accompanied by Salim Sahhab’s orchestra, will perform Um Kulthoum’s songs on the opening night.

The festival will also feature a concert by prominent Iraqi singer Kathem Al Saher, who will pay homage to the late Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani.

In addition, Pink Martini, Il Divo, Rafael Amargo, the Syrian jazz band Itar Shame’, the Palestine Youth Orchestra, the Shaolin Monks, the Khoury Brothers, Makadi Nahhas, Whirling Dervishes Dede, and Farida and the Iraqi Maqams will participate in the festival. Jadal, Humam Ammari, Salam Hmoud, Aziz Maraqa and stand-up comedians will present the festival’s “Jordanian night”.

In a related development, the Jordanian Writers Association (JWA) on Tuesday called for boycotting the festival, alleging it does not represent Jordanian culture.

“We have issued a joint statement recently with the Jordanian Artists Association calling for boycotting the Jordan Festival. It is organised and run by people who have nothing to do with art and culture; it is merely a list of concerts and no cultural events are included,” Saud Qubeilat, head of JWA, told The Jordan Times at Tuesday.

The association also protested the decision not to hold the festival’s activities at Jerash theatres.

Founded in March 2010 by a group of businessmen and women, the FJF is a nonprofit organisation that seeks to promote Jordan as a cultural destination.

Commenting on the association’s remarks, Souha Bawab, executive director of FJF, said: “We are all a group of volunteers of businesspeople partnering with the private sector to organise the festival.”

“We work from morning till midnight to render this festival a success and we receive no salaries. The festival includes many Jordanian singers and artists as well as Arabs and Westernersة We have all types of music: rock, jazz, classical, oriental, Arabic…” Bawab told The Jordan Times yesterday.

Asked about why activities are taking place only at the Citadel, she explained: “We started preparing for the festival only two months ago. We decided to focus on one place as we did not have enough time.”

“We have already planned activities and concerts for the Dead Sea and the Baptism Site, as well as plans for Petra and Jerash,” Bawab added.

Jordan presents music festival in Amman

http://www.cottages-for-holidays.com/174/2010-0294/jordan-amman-en.html

(News from Asia)
The traditional Music Festival will begin in the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 30 June 2010 and will last until the end of summer. Within two months in the Citadel of Amman will be held musical performances of various styles. The program already includes jazz, symphonic, chamber, pop and rock groups. At the festival will perform bands not only from Jordan, but also from China, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq and Spain. At the opening ceremony of the festival will perform the world-famous singer from Egypt, Amal Maher, accompanied by the orchestra under the direction of well-known Selim Sahab. The festival is expected to be attended by such international stars as: Pink Martini, an opera group Il Divo, flamenco singer Rafael Amargo (Spain), Mercan Dede and the group Secret Tribe (Turkey) – will perform with a dance show of dervishes in the evening of Arabic jazz will take part Itar Shame (Syria), Omar Al Faqir & Aziz Maraqa (Jordan). The cost of tickets is from 10 to 100 Jordanian dinars (14-117 euros), depending on the concert.

For the guests of the Festival it will be very interesting to visit the fair of handicrafts, where they will see Jordanian crafts and masters can share with the secrets of making various works of art.

Amman, which will host the music festival, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (the first settlements appeared here more than 10 thousand years ago). Located on the north-west of the Jordan only 35 kilometers from the Dead Sea, it every year attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world. Spread over seven hills Amman often called the “White City” due to the fact that most houses are built from white limestone. In this city are harmoniously interwoven antiquity and modern high-tech. Traditional coffee shops and craft shops stand side by side with ultra-modern hotels, restaurants and shops. Amman consists of two parts: the old, which is called “Ballad”, and modern – “West Amman”. In the “Ballad” are located the main attractions and historical sites. The most popular and best known of which is the Citadel – a hill with the ruins of the temple of Hercules, erected in Judea during the time of King Herod in the I century BC. At the foot of the Citadel is situated a Roman amphitheater for 6,000 spectators, which is still used for cultural events. There is also a Jordanian folklore museum, where tourists can better understand the culture and customs of Jordan.

Date: 23/06/2010

Updated : 6:19 PM, 07/24/2010

il Divo to join Vietnamese beauties in contest final

The renowned multinational vocal group IL Divo will give a one-night performance at the final round of the Miss Vietnam World contest at tourism paradise Vipearl Land-Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province) on August 21, the event’s organizers have announced.

IL Divo will warm up performances by the Vietnamese beauties at the contest under a contract recently signed with the event’s organizers.

The band themselves are eager to be present in such an event.

Carlos Martin, who represents the vocal group, said they have heard much about beautiful, peaceful, hospitable Vietnam and they feel very happy and honoured to have the chance to visit the country for the first time, especially to perform at a well-known beauty contest.

Martin promised that his group will respond to the Vietnamese fans and provide spectators at the beauty pageant with a special musical feast.

Le Khac Hiep, Vice Head of the organizing committee, said inviting iL Divo to the contest is one of their moves to raise the contest’s profile.

 
 
 

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Mom’s favorite ‘popera’ delights Beiteddine crowds
Global supergroup Il Divo strut their stuff at international festival           
 

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=4&article_id=116903#ixzz0tWlAfhwn
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 
Monday, July 12, 2010
Mom's favorite 'popera' delights Beiteddine crowds
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Arron Merat

Daily Star staff

BEITEDDINE, Lebanon: “You will never forget this concert,” enthused a rotund man to a pair of women sharing the bus ride through the Chouf Mountains Thursday evening. “They are like magic!”

Musical tastes vary, of course, and other words could, and will, be used to describe the operatic boy band Il Divo, the headlining act at the Beiteddine International Festival last week.

Audience members with a low tolerance for saccharine who were innocent of the Il Divo phenomenon no doubt felt their hearts sink a little as the show opened.

To introduce the international cover band, the swooning Il Divo (mostly string) orchestra fused three power ballads – “The Power of Love,” popularized by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey’s “When a Hero Comes Along,” and “Can’t Live If Living is Without You,” also popularized by Carey.

This gushing of high-fat, high-salt cheese was only an hors d’oeuvre for the evening’s main course – the carefully choreographed entrance of the evening’s four stars.

Dressed like emperor penguins, Il Divo swaggered down the central staircase to rapturous applause. Sporting impressive perma-tans and/or heavy makeup and brilliant bleached teeth, they broke into a well-sung Italian cover of Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak my Heart.”

As they unleashed the most-polished example of commercial “popera” you could ever dream to see – or not see – the sensual mood lighting of blood reds, fuchsias and deep blues ignited Il Divo’s earnest expressions.

“The sunshine in Lebanon is nearly as bright as all of your faces,” beamed David Miller, the cuddly American tenor of the supergroup.

“What a beautiful country and what beautiful ladies!” interrupted the bad-boy Spaniard, Carloas Marín.

With a doe-eyed smile and a hand on his heart, he quickly adjusted himself to say, “This next song is dedicated to all the beautiful mothers!”

The mother-ish tune did indeed commence with lyrics to stir any mom’s ovaries. “Mama,” Marín crooned, “thank you for who I am/ Thank you for all the things I’m not/Forgive me for the words unsaid/For the times I forgot.”

The rest of the gig unraveled in similar form. A medley of universally well-known anthemic fodder flew from the strings in quick succession. Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” trickled past, as did Procol Harum’s “Nights in White Satin” and, of course, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – straight from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack.

The stunning atrium of Beiteddine’s 19th-century palace, the seat of the Shihab Emirs (so-called), provided a peculiar setting for the plucky quartet’s version of music.

Thankfully, only one sacred cow was slaughtered this evening: Leonard Cohen’s (and Jeff Buckley’s) “Hallelujah” was publicly massacred, in Italian.

Il Divo is the brainchild of Simon Cowell, the world’s most famous pop-music and reality-TV guru – the culprit behind some of the last two decades’ best-selling chart music, including Westlife, Leona Lewis and Shampoo.

With an eye for what sells and an ear for mass appeal, Cowell spent two years recruiting for a boy band to contemporize The Three Tenors’ style. They would be overwrought and belt out a series of 1990s power ballads appealing to both the Mother’s Day and the insipid teen markets.

Most of all, they would make a mint, and they did: Not only does Cowell find the bands, he has the reality TV infrastructure to ensure they are beamed across the world.

Il Divo appeared on Cowell’s Pop Idol in America, Britain and Sweden and have even released two books entitled “Romancing The World” and “Our Music, Our Journey, Our Words.” Four stars were born.

Il Divo did pull off a thoroughly entertaining set for most of the Beiteddine International Festival audience, though it might be observed that clowns too can be entertaining.

Other than the nausea surging through those with more astringent tastes, these manufactured crooners were note perfect, faultlessly choreographed and elicited an audience response just short of a standing ovation.

This what Il Divo is designed to do. Like a laxative is designed to relieve, Il Divo is designed to delight. Il Divo is what happens when pop music is whittled away until nothing is left but a gimmick and a price tag.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=4&article_id=116903#ixzz0tWcYCbXW
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

6/07/2010
Festival de Beiteddine
Ils sont jeunes, beaux et ont des voix sublimes. En un mot, ce sont des « Divos ». Trentenaires, polyglottes, multinationaux et… en smoking, ils forment un boys band d’un genre nouveau. Un quartette de pop opéra baptisé – à juste titre – Il Divo (divins artistes) regroupant un ténor américain, David Miller, un baryton espagnol, Carlos Marín, un ex-chanteur de hard rock suisse, Urs Bühler, et un chanteur de comédie musicale français, Sébastien Izambard.
Et ces quatre beaux gosses, qui mettent toutes la passion et la virtuosité de leur technique opératique dans leur interprétation d’airs populaires, se produiront à Beiteddine, ce jeudi 8 juillet, à 20h30.

Découvert, en 2004, par Simon Cowell (juré d’American Idol), ce quatuor de charme revisite à la sauce bel canto les standards de la chanson populaire. En d’autres termes, il reprend les chansons romantiques et les mélodies populaires avec des voix de chanteurs lyriques.
De Frank Sinatra aux Abba, en passant par les Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Léonard Cohen, Céline Dion, mais encore l’Ave Maria de Schubert ou le fameux Caruso, dans la lignée des trois ténors, Il Divo chante en anglais, en italien et en espagnol des mélodies qui touchent ceux qui ne vont pas forcément à l’opéra.
Les « Divos » ont à leur actif quatre albums (Il Divo, Ancora, Siempre et The Promise), plus de 25 millions de CD vendus dans le monde et une tournée mondiale qui a enregistré un succès phénoménal.
À peine le groupe formé, ils interprétaient l’hymne d’ouverture de la Coupe du monde de football en 2006. Ils ont, par la suite, rejoint Barbara Streisand dans sa tournée nord-américaine et se sont produits, entre autres, au bal d’intronisation de Barack Obama à Washington, ainsi qu’en avril dernier au premier Festival d’Abou Dhabi.
Et là où ils passent, c’est la « divomania » assurée. Hilary Clinton, elle-même, en est paraît-il atteinte !

* Billets en vente au Virgin Megastore, tél. : 01/999666. Prix du transport, aller-retour, en pullman :10 000 LL, départ du Centre Starco, tél. : 01/365186.

Updated : 6:19 PM, 07/24/2010

il Divo to join Vietnamese beauties in contest final

The renowned multinational vocal group IL Divo will give a one-night performance at the final round of the Miss Vietnam World contest at tourism paradise Vipearl Land-Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province) on August 21, the event’s organizers have announced.

IL Divo will warm up performances by the Vietnamese beauties at the contest under a contract recently signed with the event’s organizers.

The band themselves are eager to be present in such an event.

Carlos Martin, who represents the vocal group, said they have heard much about beautiful, peaceful, hospitable Vietnam and they feel very happy and honoured to have the chance to visit the country for the first time, especially to perform at a well-known beauty contest.

Martin promised that his group will respond to the Vietnamese fans and provide spectators at the beauty pageant with a special musical feast.

Le Khac Hiep, Vice Head of the organizing committee, said inviting iL Divo to the contest is one of their moves to raise the contest’s profile.

 
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Monday, July 12, 2010
Il Divo to perform in Vietnam this August
Last update 16:38, Monday, 26/07/2010 (GMT+7)
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VietNamNet Bridge – The world famous band will arrive in Vietnam this August to perform at the finale of Miss Vietnam Global 2010.

  Northern region contributes 20 beauties to Miss Vietnam Global

 

 

 

Il Divo come to Vietnam on August 19 to perform in the finale at Vinpearland stage in Nha Trang on August 21. The organising board will hold a press conference in HCM City on August 19 to introduce the band and its play list for the final night.

 

“We’ve heard a lot about beautiful and peaceful Vietnam, so all of us are very eager to visit. Il Divo is very proud to perform in a beauty pageant of the Vietnamese community in our first time in Vietnam,” remarked Il Divo’s representative, singer Carlos Marin.

 

The finale of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 will be aired live on VTV3 and VTV4 channels.

 

Il Divo (meaning “divine male performer” in Italian) is a multinational operatic pop vocal group created by music manager, executive, and reality TV star Simon Cowell. Formed in the UK, they are also signed to Cowell’s record label, Syco Music. Il Divo is a group of four male singers: Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, American tenor David Miller, and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard.

 

Il Divo sings in English, Italian, Spanish, 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, the show’s sponsors (Coca-Cola, AT&T, and others) donated money to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund 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. “Streisand: The Tour” with Il Divo was ranked second for all tours for 2006, generating $92.5 million in gross sales.

 

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 “Voices from the FIFA World Cup” album, and on the European reissue of Braxton’s album “Libra”, but not on any Il Divo album.

  
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Updated : 6:19 PM, 07/24/2010

il Divo to join Vietnamese beauties in contest final

The renowned multinational vocal group IL Divo will give a one-night performance at the final round of the Miss Vietnam World contest at tourism paradise Vipearl Land-Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province) on August 21, the event’s organizers have announced.

IL Divo will warm up performances by the Vietnamese beauties at the contest under a contract recently signed with the event’s organizers.

The band themselves are eager to be present in such an event.

Carlos Martin, who represents the vocal group, said they have heard much about beautiful, peaceful, hospitable Vietnam and they feel very happy and honoured to have the chance to visit the country for the first time, especially to perform at a well-known beauty contest.

Martin promised that his group will respond to the Vietnamese fans and provide spectators at the beauty pageant with a special musical feast.

Le Khac Hiep, Vice Head of the organizing committee, said inviting iL Divo to the contest is one of their moves to raise the contest’s profile.

 
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Monday, July 12, 2010
Mom's favorite 'popera' delights Beiteddine crowds
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Arron Merat

Daily Star staff

BEITEDDINE, Lebanon: “You will never forget this concert,” enthused a rotund man to a pair of women sharing the bus ride through the Chouf Mountains Thursday evening. “They are like magic!”

Musical tastes vary, of course, and other words could, and will, be used to describe the operatic boy band Il Divo, the headlining act at the Beiteddine International Festival last week.

Audience members with a low tolerance for saccharine who were innocent of the Il Divo phenomenon no doubt felt their hearts sink a little as the show opened.

To introduce the international cover band, the swooning Il Divo (mostly string) orchestra fused three power ballads – “The Power of Love,” popularized by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey’s “When a Hero Comes Along,” and “Can’t Live If Living is Without You,” also popularized by Carey.

This gushing of high-fat, high-salt cheese was only an hors d’oeuvre for the evening’s main course – the carefully choreographed entrance of the evening’s four stars.

Dressed like emperor penguins, Il Divo swaggered down the central staircase to rapturous applause. Sporting impressive perma-tans and/or heavy makeup and brilliant bleached teeth, they broke into a well-sung Italian cover of Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak my Heart.”

As they unleashed the most-polished example of commercial “popera” you could ever dream to see – or not see – the sensual mood lighting of blood reds, fuchsias and deep blues ignited Il Divo’s earnest expressions.

“The sunshine in Lebanon is nearly as bright as all of your faces,” beamed David Miller, the cuddly American tenor of the supergroup.

“What a beautiful country and what beautiful ladies!” interrupted the bad-boy Spaniard, Carloas Marín.

With a doe-eyed smile and a hand on his heart, he quickly adjusted himself to say, “This next song is dedicated to all the beautiful mothers!”

The mother-ish tune did indeed commence with lyrics to stir any mom’s ovaries. “Mama,” Marín crooned, “thank you for who I am/ Thank you for all the things I’m not/Forgive me for the words unsaid/For the times I forgot.”

The rest of the gig unraveled in similar form. A medley of universally well-known anthemic fodder flew from the strings in quick succession. Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” trickled past, as did Procol Harum’s “Nights in White Satin” and, of course, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – straight from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack.

The stunning atrium of Beiteddine’s 19th-century palace, the seat of the Shihab Emirs (so-called), provided a peculiar setting for the plucky quartet’s version of music.

Thankfully, only one sacred cow was slaughtered this evening: Leonard Cohen’s (and Jeff Buckley’s) “Hallelujah” was publicly massacred, in Italian.

Il Divo is the brainchild of Simon Cowell, the world’s most famous pop-music and reality-TV guru – the culprit behind some of the last two decades’ best-selling chart music, including Westlife, Leona Lewis and Shampoo.

With an eye for what sells and an ear for mass appeal, Cowell spent two years recruiting for a boy band to contemporize The Three Tenors’ style. They would be overwrought and belt out a series of 1990s power ballads appealing to both the Mother’s Day and the insipid teen markets.

Most of all, they would make a mint, and they did: Not only does Cowell find the bands, he has the reality TV infrastructure to ensure they are beamed across the world.

Il Divo appeared on Cowell’s Pop Idol in America, Britain and Sweden and have even released two books entitled “Romancing The World” and “Our Music, Our Journey, Our Words.” Four stars were born.

Il Divo did pull off a thoroughly entertaining set for most of the Beiteddine International Festival audience, though it might be observed that clowns too can be entertaining.

Other than the nausea surging through those with more astringent tastes, these manufactured crooners were note perfect, faultlessly choreographed and elicited an audience response just short of a standing ovation.

This what Il Divo is designed to do. Like a laxative is designed to relieve, Il Divo is designed to delight. Il Divo is what happens when pop music is whittled away until nothing is left but a gimmick and a price tag.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=4&article_id=116903#ixzz0tWcYCbXW
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Mom's favorite 'popera' delights Beiteddine crowds
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Arron Merat

Daily Star staff

BEITEDDINE, Lebanon: “You will never forget this concert,” enthused a rotund man to a pair of women sharing the bus ride through the Chouf Mountains Thursday evening. “They are like magic!”

Musical tastes vary, of course, and other words could, and will, be used to describe the operatic boy band Il Divo, the headlining act at the Beiteddine International Festival last week.

Audience members with a low tolerance for saccharine who were innocent of the Il Divo phenomenon no doubt felt their hearts sink a little as the show opened.

To introduce the international cover band, the swooning Il Divo (mostly string) orchestra fused three power ballads – “The Power of Love,” popularized by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey’s “When a Hero Comes Along,” and “Can’t Live If Living is Without You,” also popularized by Carey.

This gushing of high-fat, high-salt cheese was only an hors d’oeuvre for the evening’s main course – the carefully choreographed entrance of the evening’s four stars.

Dressed like emperor penguins, Il Divo swaggered down the central staircase to rapturous applause. Sporting impressive perma-tans and/or heavy makeup and brilliant bleached teeth, they broke into a well-sung Italian cover of Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak my Heart.”

As they unleashed the most-polished example of commercial “popera” you could ever dream to see – or not see – the sensual mood lighting of blood reds, fuchsias and deep blues ignited Il Divo’s earnest expressions.

“The sunshine in Lebanon is nearly as bright as all of your faces,” beamed David Miller, the cuddly American tenor of the supergroup.

“What a beautiful country and what beautiful ladies!” interrupted the bad-boy Spaniard, Carloas Marín.

With a doe-eyed smile and a hand on his heart, he quickly adjusted himself to say, “This next song is dedicated to all the beautiful mothers!”

The mother-ish tune did indeed commence with lyrics to stir any mom’s ovaries. “Mama,” Marín crooned, “thank you for who I am/ Thank you for all the things I’m not/Forgive me for the words unsaid/For the times I forgot.”

The rest of the gig unraveled in similar form. A medley of universally well-known anthemic fodder flew from the strings in quick succession. Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” trickled past, as did Procol Harum’s “Nights in White Satin” and, of course, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – straight from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack.

The stunning atrium of Beiteddine’s 19th-century palace, the seat of the Shihab Emirs (so-called), provided a peculiar setting for the plucky quartet’s version of music.

Thankfully, only one sacred cow was slaughtered this evening: Leonard Cohen’s (and Jeff Buckley’s) “Hallelujah” was publicly massacred, in Italian.

Il Divo is the brainchild of Simon Cowell, the world’s most famous pop-music and reality-TV guru – the culprit behind some of the last two decades’ best-selling chart music, including Westlife, Leona Lewis and Shampoo.

With an eye for what sells and an ear for mass appeal, Cowell spent two years recruiting for a boy band to contemporize The Three Tenors’ style. They would be overwrought and belt out a series of 1990s power ballads appealing to both the Mother’s Day and the insipid teen markets.

Most of all, they would make a mint, and they did: Not only does Cowell find the bands, he has the reality TV infrastructure to ensure they are beamed across the world.

Il Divo appeared on Cowell’s Pop Idol in America, Britain and Sweden and have even released two books entitled “Romancing The World” and “Our Music, Our Journey, Our Words.” Four stars were born.

Il Divo did pull off a thoroughly entertaining set for most of the Beiteddine International Festival audience, though it might be observed that clowns too can be entertaining.

Other than the nausea surging through those with more astringent tastes, these manufactured crooners were note perfect, faultlessly choreographed and elicited an audience response just short of a standing ovation.

This what Il Divo is designed to do. Like a laxative is designed to relieve, Il Divo is designed to delight. Il Divo is what happens when pop music is whittled away until nothing is left but a gimmick and a price tag.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=4&article_id=116903#ixzz0tWcYCbXW
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb

Music bridges Il Divo differences 
Last updated: 8/27/2010 8:30 
Il Divo band at the press conference at Sofitel Saigon Plaza on August 19

Diversity and a focus on retaining individuality is what makes Il Divo special, members of the multinational Il Divo band said in Ho Chi Minh City last week.

The four-member band comprising one artist each from the US, France, Spain and Switzerland, was invited to perform at the finals of the Miss Vietnam World contest that ended on Saturday.

They said at a press conference that it was difficult to find a “common voice” between them, but this had actually helped in creating a different kind of music that led to hits when they covered “Unbreak My Heart”, “My Way”, “You Raise Me Up” and “All By Myself.”

Il Divo, which means “star” or “celebrity” in Italian language, was brought together by reality television star Simon Cowell, who first got the idea for the Three Tenors-like group in 2002.

It took Cowell two years to gather the four members of the group. The group didn’t have a clear direction at first. But with “Unbreak My Heart”, they found agreement and a new feeling, and since then they have gone on to perform many pop ballads in operatic vocals, creating their own style.

The group has been known for performing in different languages including English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin. They shot to international fame after performing the 2006 FIFA World Cup official song, “The Time of Our Lives,” live with R&B singer Toni Braxton.

Swiss tenor Urs Bühler told a local newspaper that it was not so difficult to bridge the differences between them as they share a common love for music.

Sébastien Izambard, the French member, said they did not perform. What they did was “to transmit music emotions,” he said.

“Our love for music helped us overcome difficulties. In the first meeting, there was a big gap among us because of differences in language,” Spanish baritone Carlos Marín told local news website VietNamNet.

David Miller, the American tenor member, said the fact that members of the group are not similar and do not really know each other makes them respect each other and remain close.

Bühler said sometimes it could get boring for people who are very similar to each other and understand each other too well to work together.

As professional performers, the connection was not difficult to establish although they didn’t know each other at first, Marín said.

The group has been asked by many fans about the delay in releasing new albums as the latest one – “The Promise” – was released in 2008, Bühler said.

But he said as normal people, they want to give “abnormal” things to those who love them, so they needed much time and energy to create new works.

Other members added that they live in different countries and want to spend a lot of time with their families after each tour and album.

On their debut in Vietnam at the beauty contest in Vinpearl Land in the central coastal resort town of Nha Trang, the group opened the beauty contest final with the classic “Amazing Grace”, followed by their rendition of “Unbreak My Heart” and “The Winner Takes It All” – three of their most popular songs.

Le Khac Hiep, deputy head of the organization board of the pageant, said “By inviting Il Divo to Vietnam, we have a chance to introduce the culture, people and tourism potentials of Vietnam to the world.”

The group’s request for a big orchestra could not be accommodated, so they sang the songs with recorded background music.

They are preparing for a tour next year and working to complete their fifth album expected to be released next May with both new and familiar songs.

Source: Thanh Nien, Agencies 
Il Divo to sing with Vietnamese beauties
Last update 21:55, Friday, 20/08/2010 (GMT+7)
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VietNamNet Bridge – Il Divo arrived in Vietnam on August 19 to perform on the final night of the Miss Vietnam World 2010 in Nha Trang City. Carlos Marin represented the band and talked with VietNamNet.

  http://english.vietnamnet.vn/Entertainment/201008/Il-Divo-to-sing-with-Vietnamese-beauties-930539/

  

Singer Carlos Marin in the interview with VietNamNet.

 

Which songs will Il Divo perform on August 21?

 

We will sing three songs on the final night of Miss Vietnam World, which are our hits. There will be a special song that we will sing with contestants.

 

How do you feel about your first time to Vietnam?

 

I’m very excited about the show in Vietnam. It is very special to sing for such an event. We have never been to Vietnam before and we are enthusiastic to discover new cities, see local people, and learn local culture.

 

What does Il Divo expect besides the show on August 21?

 

We enjoy discovering new cities. During this trip we will have a chance to visit HCM City and a resort in Nha Trang which we heard is very beautiful. And we will see beautiful Vietnamese girls!

 

You will sing with the presence of many beautiful girls in the upcoming show. Have you ever lost your concentration because of being surrounded by beautiful girls?

  

 

 

I have practiced performing professionally, but anyways, only I know what I’m thinking about!

 

Did you know each other before you joined Il Divo? Do you have things in common?

 

We didn’t know each other before. We grouped up when Simon Cowell organized a talent search contest to set up the band. But we are all professional performers.

 

Our love for music helped us overcome difficulties. In the first meeting, there was a big gap among us because of differences in language.

 

Have you ever felt annoyed because of “crazy fans”?

 

Crazy fans? We call them passionate people. Each fan in the world is very important to us.

 

Could you share your future plans with our readers?

 

We are working very hard in the studio to complete our fifth album and we are preparing for a tour next year.

 

M.Chanh-Vo Tien

Music bridges Il Divo differences 
Last updated: 8/27/2010 8:30 
Il Divo band at the press conference at Sofitel Saigon Plaza on August 19

Diversity and a focus on retaining individuality is what makes Il Divo special, members of the multinational Il Divo band said in Ho Chi Minh City last week.

The four-member band comprising one artist each from the US, France, Spain and Switzerland, was invited to perform at the finals of the Miss Vietnam World contest that ended on Saturday.

They said at a press conference that it was difficult to find a “common voice” between them, but this had actually helped in creating a different kind of music that led to hits when they covered “Unbreak My Heart”, “My Way”, “You Raise Me Up” and “All By Myself.”

Il Divo, which means “star” or “celebrity” in Italian language, was brought together by reality television star Simon Cowell, who first got the idea for the Three Tenors-like group in 2002.

It took Cowell two years to gather the four members of the group. The group didn’t have a clear direction at first. But with “Unbreak My Heart”, they found agreement and a new feeling, and since then they have gone on to perform many pop ballads in operatic vocals, creating their own style.

The group has been known for performing in different languages including English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin. They shot to international fame after performing the 2006 FIFA World Cup official song, “The Time of Our Lives,” live with R&B singer Toni Braxton.

Swiss tenor Urs Bühler told a local newspaper that it was not so difficult to bridge the differences between them as they share a common love for music.

Sébastien Izambard, the French member, said they did not perform. What they did was “to transmit music emotions,” he said.

“Our love for music helped us overcome difficulties. In the first meeting, there was a big gap among us because of differences in language,” Spanish baritone Carlos Marín told local news website VietNamNet.

David Miller, the American tenor member, said the fact that members of the group are not similar and do not really know each other makes them respect each other and remain close.

Bühler said sometimes it could get boring for people who are very similar to each other and understand each other too well to work together.

As professional performers, the connection was not difficult to establish although they didn’t know each other at first, Marín said.

The group has been asked by many fans about the delay in releasing new albums as the latest one – “The Promise” – was released in 2008, Bühler said.

But he said as normal people, they want to give “abnormal” things to those who love them, so they needed much time and energy to create new works.

Other members added that they live in different countries and want to spend a lot of time with their families after each tour and album.

On their debut in Vietnam at the beauty contest in Vinpearl Land in the central coastal resort town of Nha Trang, the group opened the beauty contest final with the classic “Amazing Grace”, followed by their rendition of “Unbreak My Heart” and “The Winner Takes It All” – three of their most popular songs.

Le Khac Hiep, deputy head of the organization board of the pageant, said “By inviting Il Divo to Vietnam, we have a chance to introduce the culture, people and tourism potentials of Vietnam to the world.”

The group’s request for a big orchestra could not be accommodated, so they sang the songs with recorded background music.

They are preparing for a tour next year and working to complete their fifth album expected to be released next May with both new and familiar songs.

Source: Thanh Nien, Agencies 
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By Staff reports
Posted Sep 24, 2010 @ 11:03 AM
Last update Sep 24, 2010 @ 11:08 AM
DODGE CITY —

The Wichita Grand Opera has announced its 2010-11 season in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Subscriptions go on sale to the general public on Oct. 4.
    “In the tradition of the WGO, we are proud to reveal another season with seven spectacular productions of great voices and music, overflowing with an ideal blend of romance, drama, comedy, and grace,” WGO President Parvan Bakardiev said in a news release. “The WGO is also pleased to announce its first WGO Kansas tour.”
    Here is the lineup:
    • “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini — Jan. 8, Century II Concert Hall.
    • “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti — Jan. 14 & 16, Century II Mary Jane Teal Theater.
    • “The Merry Widow” by Franz Lehár — Feb. 12 & 13, Century II Concert Hall.
    • “Romeo & Juliet” by Sergei Prokofiev — March 13, Century II Mary Jane Teal Theater.
    • 10th-anniversary gala “There’s No Place Like Home” — March 26, Century II Concert Hall.
    • “Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti — April 29 & May 1, Century II Mary Jane Teal Theater.
    • Opera on the Lake “Operatic Spectacular” — May 21, Bradley Fair.
    • WGO Kansas Tour — May 5, Stiefel Theatre, Salina; May 6, Fox Theatre, Hutchinson; May 27, McPherson Opera House.Sing me a story
    The season opens with the ever-popular “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, starring Korean soprano Yunah Lee, who has made Butterfly her signature role. She will be seen as Butterfly this season also with Dallas Opera, Central City Opera and St. Gallen Opera in Switzerland.
    Her unfaithful husband will be portrayed by the rising Russian star Alexey Sayapin, who is the first-prize winner of the 2008 Luciano Pavarotti International Tenor competition in Moscow.
    This heartbreaking story about the clash of two cultures leading to the ultimate sacrifice in the face of dishonor has inspired multiple adaptations, the most popular of which is the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon.”
    Ancient clan hatred leads to madness and murder in the powerful music of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The stunning Russian diva Olga Orlovskaya, nominated for the prestigious Golden Mask Award, makes her WGO debut in the title role. “Lucia” has become a staple of the operatic repertoire since Dame Joan Sutherland’s 1959 performances at London’s Royal Opera House. This is a co-production with Baltimore Opera Theatre.
    A young diplomat must bail out his bankrupt country by marrying a wealthy heiress in “The Merry Widow,” a lighthearted caper which became an overnight sensation after its 1907 London debut, running for 778 consecutive performances.
    Kallen Esperian, who is at home on all the major opera stages of the world, having sung opposite each of the “three tenors” — Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carreras — returns to the WGO in the title role. She won the hearts of Wichita audiences co-starring in “La Boheme” with Marcello Giordani and in “Faust” with Samuel Ramey.
    The Crown of Russian Ballet presents the world’s greatest love story, “Romeo & Juliet,” in March. Prokofiev’s lush, evocative score was so innovative for its time that it was initially proclaimed “undanceable,” but it has endured to become one of the greatest masterpieces of the ballet world.
    The WGO celebrates a decade of glorious opera with its 10th anniversary gala on March 26, titled “There’s No Place Like Home.”
    Headlining this once-in-a-lifetime celebration will be Kansas’ Big Three of the Metropolitan Opera: Joyce DiDonato, today’s hottest American opera diva; the legendary Samuel Ramey; and Alan Held, international Wagnerian bass-baritone sensation. Taking the podium will be Maestro Steven Mercurio, who is currently on tour with Sting and London’s Royal Philharmonic. Mercurio also conducts Andrea Bocelli’s concert tours, and he’s conducted and recorded with the Three Tenors.
    A spunky tomboy tries to fit in with the French aristocracy in Donizetti’s hilarious “Daughter of the Regiment,” starring Lindsay Ohse in the title role, following her triumphant debut with Santa Fe and Sarasota Operas as the Queen of the Night.
    European tenor Otokar Klein, who was highly acclaimed for his performance in WGO’s “The Elixir of Love” last season, returns to take on the challenge of the vocal pyrotechnics of Tonio, one of Pavarotti’s favorite roles.
    The grand finale of the season will be May 21 with Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair. WGO’s artistic forces will assemble under the stars to create an operatic spectacle in a setting like no other in the United States. The program will showcase the music which made the Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and Il Divo international sensations and household names.
    During the month of May, the first WGO Kansas tour will bring great performances to communities across Kansas, including the newly renovated historic theaters in Salina, Hutchinson and McPherson.
    Tony Applegate, box office manager for the  Wichita Grand Opera, said the organization has patrons from the Dodge City area and would like to have more.
    Season subscriptions, offering savings of up to 20 percent off the regular ticket price, are available at four levels, ranging from $120 to $408, depending on the number of shows and the seating choice.
    To purchase season subscriptions, call the WGO box office at (316) 262-8054 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (316) 262-8054      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

 
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

“Il Divo” & “Pink martini” in Lebanon

This year best  artists  will perform at the palace of Beiteddine dine between June and August 2010 -this year Beiteddine music festival attains its first quarter century here below the schedule 
• July3 -Pink martini
• July 8 -The pop-opera boy band “Il Divo,”
• July 10 -Abdo Cherif
• July 14 -Max Raabe & The Palast Orchester
• Jully 17 -Ziad Rahbani
• July 21 -22 “Snow White,” a contemporary ballet based on the Grimm brother’s version of the fairytale
• July 27-30- Musical comedy “ZORRO”
• July 31-Krakaw chamber
• August 2- Diana Krall, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Canadian pianist
The Beiteddine Festival will take place June 25 – August 6. For tickets call 01 999 666 or for more information visit http://www.beiteddine.org.
 
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 Il Divo », ces quatre divins artistes si populaires
Fonte : http://www.lorientlejour.com/category/Culture/article/652549/%3C%3C+Il_Divo+%3E%3E,_ces_quatre_divins_artistes_si_populaires.html
 
Festival d’Abou Dhabi Neuf mille personnes sont agglutinées dans l’immense parc verdoyant du Palais des Émirats brillant de mille feux et gardé par un infini rideau de palmiers aux palmes nonchalantes pour le concert d’« Il Divo ».
La « dishdasha » blanche côtoie le jeans moulant, les foulards noirs à glands ou paillettes voisinent avec les bustiers les plus farfelus. Le ton est à la décontraction et au cosmopolitisme pour entrer, cool et groovy, dans la déferlante  « ildivomania »…
Sur une grande scène érigée à ciel ouvert au cœur d’un écrin de verdure et de pelouses soigneusement entretenues, sur fond de spots bleus et de lumignons rouges, un ensemble de musiciens de l’Orchestre du Festival Puccinni, entre deux écrans géants, jette les premières notes. Apparaît, micro en mains, Il Divo, le quartette de garçons polyglottes dans le vent.
Délire du public pour ces quatre superstars qui caracolent au haut des hit-parades des ventes avec leurs vingt-cinq millions d’albums que jeunes et moins jeunes se sont littéralement arrachés depuis 2004.
Fracs noirs et chemises blanches, cheveux mi-longs ou ultracourts, sourires ravageurs, corps sveltes et musclés (sans être outrageusement bodybuildés), bourreaux de cœur de ces dames, idoles des adolescents, véritables chanteurs de charme, ils sont là les divos.  Les divos, comme leurs alter ego féminins les divas, sont ces divins artistes qui envoûtent par leurs voix.
Jolie descente des escaliers, avec effet de reins, de jambes, de torses et de regards (de velours, bien entendu, pour ces loups aux dents longues), pour ces quatre garçons dans le vent qui déchaînent le délire des foules. Tout comme leurs prédécesseurs, les Beatles, mais sur un registre absolument différent.
Voilà donc pour la présentation, tout horizon confondu (car ils sont de diverses nationalités), de ces quatre play-boys du « bel canto » qui revisitent la chanson populaire tous azimuts. En lui restituant des lettres de noblesse nouvelles et presque inattendues. Délices des surprises vocales d’un groupe de charme charismatique. Mais ici, seule note sombre au tableau : la sonorisation, intempestive, pèche souvent par excès de décibels.
 Pour le registre du baryton, en toute autorité et assurance, Carlos Marin. Et s’alignent, pour les tonalités du ténor, à l’unisson ou en solo, David Miller, Sébastien Izambard et Urs Buhler.  
Bouquet de mélodies aux fragrances panachées pour ce concert d’une douzaine de chansons oscillant entre art lyrique et variété légère. Pour ce fringant « boys band » fonçant droit dans les envolées opératiques aux vibratos et trémolos remuants, ni Charles Aznavour, ni Leonard Cohen, ni les Abba, ni Barbara Streisand (leur grande amie et égérie), ni Vivaldi ne sont plus les mêmes quand leur intervention et leur souffle sont passés par là.
De la Mamma à l’hommage à Celine Dion, en passant par la Promessa, Halleluia, She, Without You et autres tubes, avec la déchirante complainte de Caruso, le quartette Il Divo s’avère un véritable stratège pour  relooker les variétés et leur offrir une ouverture, une densité de voix encore plus prenante et impressionnante, sans toutefois jamais toucher la qualité de l’émotion, si ce n’est le plus souvent pour l’amplifier ou  la renforcer.
Notes finales en triomphe, comme un charmant pied de nez aux conventions sclérosées, avec le My Way de Frank Sinatra. Et pour l’ultime bis, encore un clin d’œil à l’auditoire tout en délire, l’Impossible Dream de Don Quichotte, touchant pourfendeur des moulins à vent dans un Abou Dhabi dominé par les gigantesques monolithes des tours scintillant de colliers de lumière…
Festival d’Abou Dhabi Neuf mille personnes sont agglutinées dans l’immense parc verdoyant du Palais des Émirats brillant de mille feux et gardé par un infini rideau de palmiers aux palmes nonchalantes pour le concert d’« Il Divo ».
La « dishdasha » blanche côtoie le jeans moulant, les foulards noirs à glands ou paillettes voisinent avec les bustiers les plus farfelus. Le ton est à la décontraction et au cosmopolitisme pour entrer, cool et groovy, dans la déferlante  « ildivomania »…
Sur une grande scène érigée à ciel ouvert au cœur d’un écrin de verdure et de pelouses soigneusement entretenues, sur fond de spots bleus et de lumignons rouges, un ensemble de musiciens de l’Orchestre du Festival Puccinni, entre deux écrans géants, jette les premières notes. Apparaît, micro en mains, Il Divo, le quartette de garçons polyglottes dans le vent.
 
Délire du public pour ces quatre superstars qui caracolent au haut des hit-parades des ventes avec leurs vingt-cinq millions d’albums que jeunes et moins jeunes se sont littéralement arrachés depuis 2004.
Fracs noirs et chemises blanches, cheveux mi-longs ou ultracourts, sourires ravageurs, corps sveltes et musclés (sans être outrageusement bodybuildés), bourreaux de cœur de ces dames, idoles des adolescents, véritables chanteurs de charme, ils sont là les divos.  Les divos, comme leurs alter ego féminins les divas, sont ces divins artistes qui envoûtent par leurs voix.
Jolie descente des escaliers, avec effet de reins, de jambes, de torses et de regards (de velours, bien entendu, pour ces loups aux dents longues), pour ces quatre garçons dans le vent qui déchaînent le délire des foules. Tout comme leurs prédécesseurs, les Beatles, mais sur un registre absolument différent.
Voilà donc pour la présentation, tout horizon confondu (car ils sont de diverses nationalités), de ces quatre play-boys du « bel canto » qui revisitent la chanson populaire tous azimuts. En lui restituant des lettres de noblesse nouvelles et presque inattendues. Délices des surprises vocales d’un groupe de charme charismatique. Mais ici, seule note sombre au tableau : la sonorisation, intempestive, pèche souvent par excès de décibels.
 Pour le registre du baryton, en toute autorité et assurance, Carlos Marin. Et s’alignent, pour les tonalités du ténor, à l’unisson ou en solo, David Miller, Sébastien Izambard et Urs Buhler.  
Bouquet de mélodies aux fragrances panachées pour ce concert d’une douzaine de chansons oscillant entre art lyrique et variété légère. Pour ce fringant « boys band » fonçant droit dans les envolées opératiques aux vibratos et trémolos remuants, ni Charles Aznavour, ni Leonard Cohen, ni les Abba, ni Barbara Streisand (leur grande amie et égérie), ni Vivaldi ne sont plus les mêmes quand leur intervention et leur souffle sont passés par là.
De la Mamma à l’hommage à Celine Dion, en passant par la Promessa, Halleluia, She, Without You et autres tubes, avec la déchirante complainte de Caruso, le quartette Il Divo s’avère un véritable stratège pour  relooker les variétés et leur offrir une ouverture, une densité de voix encore plus prenante et impressionnante, sans toutefois jamais toucher la qualité de l’émotion, si ce n’est le plus souvent pour l’amplifier ou  la renforcer.
Notes finales en triomphe, comme un charmant pied de nez aux conventions sclérosées, avec le My Way de Frank Sinatra. Et pour l’ultime bis, encore un clin d’œil à l’auditoire tout en délire, l’Impossible Dream de Don Quichotte, touchant pourfendeur des moulins à vent dans un Abou Dhabi dominé par les gigantesques monolithes des tours scintillant de colliers de lumière…
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Il Divo wow fans in UAE with powerful vocals

Four tenors capture the hearts of the audience during performance at Abu Dhabi Festival

  • By Nathalie Farah, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 09:46 April 4, 2010
  • Opera quartet Il Divo performed as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival on Saturday night.
  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Blending four powerful voices alongside the Puccini Festival Opera orchestra, Il Divo, the opera quartet hand picked by Simon Cowell over six years ago, made up of Carlos Marin, a Baritone from Spain, David Miller a Tenor from the United States, Urs Buhler, a Tenor from Switzerland and Sebastien Izambard a Pop singer from France captured not only the hearts of the audience, but their minds as well.

“We haven’t seen each other in over six weeks…we are very proud to be here as part of Abu Dhabi Festival and hope that you enjoy tonight’s performance,” Urs said, a sentiment that was echoed by Sebastien and the other members of the group.

The magical evening saw the audience enjoy some classic favourites,such as Nights in White Satin, Unchained Melody and slightly more recent hits including Unbreak My Heart but with a twist that was all Il Divo - most of the songs were sung in Italian, with a smattering of French and English.

Their repetoire ranged from their first album, Il Divo to their latest one, The Promise.

“Now we want to shake things up a little bit…if you know how to dance salsa then show us how good a dancer you are,” Carlos said, with a roguish grin.

But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and this concert was no exception. But the group had a small surprise in store for their fans.

The four tenors sang their goodbyes, not once, not twice but three times.

Starting with Frank Sinatra’s My Way, the quartet then returned for a double encore of Amazing Grace and The Impossible Dream before bidding the sold out crowd a good night and disappearing backstage.

“It has been a pleasure singing for you tonight. As we’ve said many times throughout the evening, while this is our first time performing here, we sincerely hope that it will not be our last,” David said, smiling.

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Alcanza Il Divo Disco de Oro en México
Espectáculos – Martes 9 de febrero (20:41 hrs.)

 

  

  • Por las altas ventas de su álbum en vivo “An evening with Il Divo. Live in Barcelona”
  • Se encuentra entre los primeros 30 lugares de la lista de Amprofon

El Financiero en línea

México, 9 de febrero.- El grupo Il Divo alcanzó la certificación de Disco de Oro en México por altas ventas de su álbum en vivo “An evening with Il Divo. Live in Barcelona”, el cual fue lanzado en noviembre pasado.

La producción discográfica, que se encuentra entre los primeros 30 lugares de la lista de Amprofon, contiene 10 temas grabados del concierto que ofreció la agrupación en la ciudad española, el 3 de abril de 2009, en el Palau Sant Jordi, como parte de su gira mundial.

El material contiene canciones del repertorio de los cinco álbumes de estudio y del anterior disco “The promise”, posicionado en el séptimo lugar de la lista Billboard, en su categoría Clásico.

Integrado por Carlos Marín, Urs Buhler, David Miller y Sébastien Izambard, tiene éxitos como “Regresa a mí” y “Sortilegio de amor”, canción de la telenovela “Sortilegio”, así mismo con Toni Braxton “The time of our lives”, tema oficial del Mundial de Futbol de Alemania 2006. (Con información de Notimex/JJJ)

http://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/ElFinanciero/Portal/cfpages/contentmgr.cfm?docId=244417&docTipo=1&orderby=docid&sortby=ASC

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APRESENTAÇÃO EM SAN DIEGO – CALIFÓRNIA

Concierto popular con voces privilegiadas Ante un público que se comportó como en un concierto de rock o pop, Il Divo bromeó e invitaron a mujeres a irse de viaje con ellos; a cambio recibieron rosas y ropa interior en el escenario.

 Marco Tulio Castro

Más que escuchar las cuatro voces de Il Divo el pasado domingo 25 de junio, el público se reunió para mirarles el rostro. La presentación que realizó el cuarteto en San Diego, mostró la forma en que los cantantes se han ganado al público: por su interacción y carisma, no por sus voces. Ante espectadores nada selectos, los integrantes de la agrupación ofrecieron un concierto en el que resaltaron sus vestimentas, andares y sonrisas. Jovencitas y señoras gritaban enloquecidas los nombres de cada uno de ellos. La euforia creció cuando la luz del escenario se apagó y, de fondo, cuatro pantallas mostraron la silueta del mismo número de hombres. B”(Son ellos! Bgritó una señoraB. Ya van a salir”. Una orquesta mediana se iluminó al lado derecho del escenario, donde también había un piano de mesa, batería e instrumentos eléctricos que se podían percibir desde lejos. Al centro, por una escalinata de color gris, las cuatro sombras ya eran individuos vestidos con trajes negros de telas diferentes, que descendían hacia la parte plana del escenario. De fondo, una música orquestada y de pronto se supo: “Regresa a Mí”, tema que los dio a conocer en México, convirtiéndose en toda una sensación. Los gritos se hicieron más fuertes. Algunas mujeres, pese a que estaba prohibido, comenzaron a tomar fotografías y a pararse en las sillas. Algunas más atrevidas se acercaban al escenario y les regalaban rosas rojas a los cantantes, pero poco les duraba el gusto, pues gente de seguridad del lugar las regresaba a sus respectivos asientos. El reloj marcaba las 8:40 de la noche. Para entonces, los lugares ya estaban ocupados. Las gradas que se encontraban en la parte más lejana al escenario también se veían abarrotadas por cientos de hispanos y estadounidenses. Camisas, posters y discos podían ser comprados al entrar al jardín donde se realizaba la presentación. Las camisas costaban 30 dólares y los discos compactos, 20. Algunos que prefirieron no pagar boleto, se apostaron justo afuera de la limitación del foro. Bastaron sillas plegables, hieleras y hasta colchas para disfrutar una velada romántica sin pagar los 40 y 80 dólares para escuchar (o ver) a Il Divo en San Diego. El repertorio siguió con “Solo Otra Vez”, versión en español de “All by Myself”, con la que originalmente recibieron colaboración de Celine Dion. Nuevamente, los gritos no se hicieron esperar. Las chicas que se encontraban más lejos del escenario, se conformaban con demostrarles su cariño alzando la voz y mirándolos a través de binoculares. No había pantallas que magnificaran la imagen en vivo del cuarteto. En su mayoría, al que le tocó hablar entre canción y canción fue el estadounidense David Miller, a quien le llegaron a gritar “(Papacito!”, además del español Carlos Marín, quien solía coquetear con las mujeres presentes y hacía bromas entre cada interpretación. Luego de una corta presentación entre ellos mismos, en la que detallaron solamente nombres y nacionalidades, Sebastien Izambard, de París (vox populi), Urs Buhler, de Suiza (tenor), Carlos Marín, de España (barítono) y David Miller, de Denver, Colorado (tenor), el concierto continuó. Los temas que se interpretaron tanto en inglés como en italiano, no recibieron ni gran coro ni gran exaltación por parte del público. Una noche en la que el clima favoreció la presentación, el frío no se hizo sentir y por tanto, los presentes se veían cómodos. “Gracias”, “Thank you”, “Tack” y “Merci” fueron las palabras que cada uno de los cantantes dijo en señal de agradecimiento a los presentes. Cada uno en su idioma. Siguió un breve intermedio. Los integrantes subieron y se ocultaron tras bambalinas mientras que las guitarras y la orquesta siguió con la música de fondo. Minutos después, salieron los cuatro con trajes diferentes en colores más intensos: azul tornasol, guinda tornasol, gris fuerte y negro brilloso. Los aplausos no se hicieron esperar. De pronto, una tanga femenina de color rojo se vio volar por los aires. El barítono lo cachó: “Me pregunto de quién será esto”, cuestionó en tono burlesco Carlos Marín y lo guardó en una bolsa de su saco. Las risas entre las mujeres no se hicieron esperar . El show seguía su camino y los temas de sus discos “Il Divo” y “Ancora”, seleccionados para un concierto como el de esa noche, fueron suficientes para dejar satisfechos a los presentes. “Lamentablemente llegó el momento para nosotros de despedirnos”, confesó David, mientras un “(No!” unísono, resonó entre los espectadores. Acto seguido, los intérpretes se sentaron en el escenario con las piernas colgando hacia el público. Como concierto de rock o pop, las damas dejaron sus asientos atrás para correr hacia ellos y alcanzar un beso, pedirles autógrafos, saludarlos y hasta lanzarles sostenes y rosas rojas. El contacto con el público les sirvió para ganarse más a los fans; después de eso, se ocultaron una vez más, pues el final se veía venir: “A mi Manera” fue el tema que eligieron para cerrar con broche de oro un concierto popular, que más que lucir sus estupendas voces, las jovencitas y señoras estaban ahí para verlos, tocarlos y quien tuvo suerte, darle uno que otro beso. Fonte : http://www.zetatijuana.com/html/EdcionesAnteriores/Edicion1683/Espectaculoz_ConciertoPopular.html

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IL DIVO RECEBE DISCO DE OURO NO MÉXICO PELAS VENDAS DO ÁLBUM “AN EVENING WITH IL DIVO LIVE IN BARCELONA

fonte:http://www.yucatan.com.mx/

MÉXICO (Notimex).- El grupo Il Divo alcanzó la certificación de Disco de Oro en México por altas ventas de su álbum en vivo ”An evening with Il Divo. Live in Barcelona”, el cual fue lanzado en noviembre pasado.

La producción discográfica, que se encuentra entre los primeros 30 lugares de la lista de Amprofon, contiene 10 temas grabados del concierto que ofreció la agrupación en la ciudad española, el 3 de abril de 2009, en el Palau Sant Jordi, como parte de su gira mundial.

El material contiene canciones del repertorio de los cinco álbumes de estudio y del anterior disco ”The promise”, posicionado en el séptimo lugar de la lista Billboard, en su categoría Clásico.

Integrado por Carlos Marín, Urs Buhler, David Miller y Sébastien Izambard, tiene éxitos como ”Regresa a mí” y ”Sortilegio de amor”, canción de la telenovela ”Sortilegio”, así mismo con Toni Braxton “The time of our lives”, tema oficial del Mundial de Futbol de Alemania 2006.
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Il Divo superou Mamma Mia no top nacional – Portugal

 

Il Divo prometem e cumprem: Mamma Mia já não lidera o top nacional
 
Boys band que canta ópera destrona a banda sonora do filme baseado em músicas dos ABBA. André Sardet continua na vice-liderança.
 
 
A tabela nacional de vendas de álbuns tem esta semana um novo líder: The Promise dos Il Divo arredou assim a banda sonora do filme Mamma Mia para o terceiro lugar do pódio. No segundo lugar está André Sardet com Mundo de Cartão .As subidas mais significativas são protagonizadas por Celine Dion e My Love – Essential Collecion (do 18º para o 6º lugar) e Seal com Soul (do 19º para o 9º). Enya entra para o 20º posto com And Winter Came e Amy Winehouse reentra para o 30º lugar com Back to Black .A tabela de compilações continua a ser liderada por Kizomba Latino e regista como única nova entrada a banda sonora da novela adolescente Rebelde Way (8º lugar).O top de DVDs musicais continua a ser liderado pelo registo infantil O Meu DVD de Serafim & Companhia e conta com novas entradas dos Police com Certifiable (5º lugar) e  Festival Panda Os Melhores Momentos (13º).
 
Notícia escrita por MRV Quarta, 19 de Novembro de 2008

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Na matéria abaixo, produtores justificam os motivos e os critérios para agendar shows no eixo São Paulo – Rio e porque alguns artistas fizeram um só show na capital  paulista, como é o  caso do Il Divo

Produtores explicam a boa agenda do Rio e a ótima de São Paulo

Publicada em 20/09/2009 às 07h50m

Eduardo Fradkin

  • RIO – Após alguns meses de entressafra, o ano termina da mesma forma que começou, com uma agenda cheia de shows internacionais. Na sequência de Lily Allen, que cantou na quinta-feira na Arena, o Rio verá Living Colour, Sarah Brightman, Pet Shop Boys, Prodigy, Laura Pausini, Tony Bennett, Faith No More, Arturo Sandoval, Tim “Ripper” Owens e outros. A programação é boa, mas ainda deixa muito a desejar em relação à vizinha São Paulo.

A maior atração deste semestre, por exemplo, só tocará na capital paulista: a banda de hard rock AC/DC. Jerry Lee Lewis se apresentou lá na sexta-feira. Outros shows tampouco cruzarão a ponte aérea, como Franz Ferdinand, Il Divo e Stratovarius. Por quê? Os produtores dão as respostas.

- No caso do AC/DC, foi a banda que decidiu se apresentar apenas em São Paulo, porque a complexidade do show é muito grande. A Madonna, quando veio à América Latina no ano passado, trouxe dois palcos, com duas produções iguais. Assim, conseguiu cantar no Rio e em São Paulo. O AC/DC vem com apenas um palco, uma produção – explica o gerente de shows internacionais da produtora Time For Fun, Roberto Verta, referindo-se ao espetáculo da banda australiana, que terá até uma locomotiva de seis toneladas no palco, dia 27 de novembro, no Morumbi.

A maioria dos artistas contratados pela Time For Fun, porém, passará pelas duas cidades, como Faith No More, Pet Shop Boys, Prodigy, Donna Summer, Laura Pausini e vários outros. As exceções, além de AC/DC, são Jerry Lee Lewis e Il Divo.

- O mercado de shows está seletivo. Não há sucesso para tudo e todos. Alguns shows não vão para o Rio por questões operacionais e de custo-benefício. Hotel, por exemplo, é mais caro no Rio. De modo geral, os custos de produção são iguais ou superiores aos de São Paulo, mas o preço dos ingressos não acompanha isso. O alto índice de meia-entrada no Rio é um fator que pesa nessa conta – admite Verta. – No caso do Il Divo, é a primeira vez que o quarteto vem ao Brasil, e achamos mais prudente fazer show só em São Paulo.

Na capital paulista, uma lei municipal limita a meia-entrada a 30% do total de ingressos. Embora haja registros de vitórias na Justiça de estudantes que processaram casas de shows alegando inconstitucionalidade dessa lei, ela continua a vigorar. Outro motivo de reclamação de produtores, no Rio, é haver menos público.

- Não tem muito público no Rio para rock, e menos ainda para heavy metal. Depois de fazer shows na cidade que ficaram meio vazios, como o do Whitesnake, diminuímos a quantidade deles. Há, no Rio, sempre um terço do total de público de São Paulo num mesmo show – diz Miriam Hinds, que comanda a produtora All Access, responsável por um show da banda Stratovarius em São Paulo e por uma turnê nacional das bandas de thrash metal Kreator e Exodus, que incluirá São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza e Belo Horizonte. – No Rio, quantas pessoas iriam ver essas bandas? Umas 800?

Franz Ferdinand é esperado no Rio e em SP em 2010

O produtor do Circo Voador, Alexandre Teixeira Rossi, confirma o clima de apreensão:

- Se um show atrai seis mil pessoas em São Paulo, no Rio, serão duas mil. Muitos produtores não se interessam em trazer shows ao Rio porque perdem dinheiro aqui. Só quando a banda insiste em tocar na cidade é que a coisa anda. O Circo não convida bandas de fora. Os produtores que as trazem é que nos oferecem os shows.

” Muitos produtores não se interessam em trazer shows ao Rio porque perdem dinheiro aqui “


Foi naquela tenda que o Franz Ferdinand fez um show histórico em 2006. A banda voltará ao Brasil no fim deste mês, mas para só uma apresentação, em São Paulo, dia 30. O produtor responsável, Renato Byington, da Day1 Entertainment, explica:

- A banda vem ao Brasil num pé e volta em outro. Vem só para uma coletiva de imprensa e para participar do Video Music Brasil. É uma viagem promocional, subsidiada pela Sony, não é para ganhar dinheiro. Mesmo assim, conseguimos encaixar um showzinho, para 1,4 mil pessoas em São Paulo. No próximo ano, o Franz Ferdinand volta ao Brasil no primeiro semestre para quatro shows. Rio e São Paulo estarão no roteiro.

Byington diz que foi sua a iniciativa de levar a banda ao Circo Voador em 2006. Nascido em São Paulo e criado no Rio, ele compara as duas cidades:

- Qualquer produto tem mais consumidores em São Paulo, seja sabonete ou show de música. O perfil do público em São Paulo também é diferente, com mais concentração em nichos. O do Rio é mainstream. Em São Paulo, o pessoal se mata para ver um show do Nine Inch Nails. No Rio, ninguém sabe o que é. Há outros fatores: os ingressos custam mais em São Paulo, porque as pessoas têm mais dinheiro. No Rio, custam menos e ainda há o problema da meia-entrada e o da falsificação de carteiras. Em São Paulo, é mais fácil conseguir patrocínios, porque as empresas acham que atingem um público maior. A grande vantagem do Rio é que toda banda quer tocar aí.

Os cariocas torcem para ser esse o caso do Metallica, que deve atravessar a linha do Equador em janeiro de 2010.

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Esta matéria foi publicada no site da Revista “Caras”, pouco antes da vinda do IL Divo ao Brasil, para sua única apresentação no Credicard Hall, em São Paulo, em 27/10/09. Foi uma das poucas matéria publicadas na mídia brasileira sobre o espetáculo e menciona a indicação do grupo para a categoria de Melhor Turnê de Artista Revelação, do Billboard Touring Award 2009.

27/10/2009 – 12h47

Il Divo no Billboard Touring Award

O quarteto Il Divo é um dos indicados à categoria de Melhor Turnê de Artista Revelação, do Billboard Touring Award 2009, prêmio que elege os produtores e artistas que se destacaram com suas turnês no último ano. Com direção criativa de Willian Baker e figurino que conta com peças do estilista Giorgio Armani, o quarteto Il Divo sobe, nesta terça-feira, 24, ao palco do Credicard Hall, em São Paulo, para cantar o repertório de sua terceira turnê, que teve início em fevereiro deste ano.

Os cantores David Miller, Sebastien Izambard, Urs Buhler e Carlos Marin estarão em Nova York no dia 5 de novembro para a cerimônia de premiação em que AC/DC, Madonna e U2 disputam o prêmio da principal categoria Top Tour, que indica a turnê mais lucrativa do ano.

A produtora brasileira Time 4 Fun (T4F), maior empresa de entretenimento do país e da América do Sul, que já trouxe ao Brasil alguns dos principais artistas internacionais do planeta, como Madonna, Roger Waters, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton, Santana, Avril Lavigne e Aerosmith, é uma das indicadas nas categorias Top Promoter (Melhor Produtora) e Top Independent Promoter (Melhor Produtora Independente) do Billboard Touring Award 2009.

E é a Time 4 Fun que traz, pela primeira vez no Brasil, o show único e exclusivo da turnê mundial An Evening With Il Divo. Além de passar pelo Brasil, o quarteto que em 2004 apresentou o som da ópera para o mundo da música popular, visitará 32 países e 81 cidades até o final de 2009. Antes de chegar a São Paulo, Il Divo se apresentou em cidades de países como Estados Unidos, China, Austrália, Coreia do Sul, Japão, Nova Zelândia, México, Canadá, Reino Unido, Alemanha, Espanha, França, Suíça, Itália e Irlanda.

Histórico

Os quatro cantores se reuniram depois de participarem de uma audição mundial realizada pelo empresário britânico Simon Cowell – jurado dos programas American Idol e Britain’s got a Talent. A mistura entre ópera e música pop conquistou o mundo e o grupo formado pelo tenor americano David Miller, pelo cantor francês Sebastien Izambard, pelo tenor suíço Urs Buhler e pelo barítono espanhol Carlos Marin já vendeu mais de 22 milhões de álbuns no mundo inteiro.

O álbum de estreia do Il Divo, lançado em 2005, atingiu o primeiro lugar de vendas daquele ano, quando o quarteto também conquistou o disco de platina com The Christmas Collection. Com tamanho sucesso, em 2006, Il Divo foi convidado para participar da turnê de Barbra Streisand, na América do Norte, e também ganhou a missão de interpretar, ao lado de Toni Braxton, a música Time Of Our Lives – tema da Copa do Mundo 2006 da Alemanha -, na abertura e encerramento do evento esportivo.

The Promise, lançado pela Sony BMG em novembro de 2008, é o quarto e o mais recente álbum de estúdio de Il Divo. O CD, produzido por Steve Mac, é considerado o trabalho musical mais rico e diversificado do grupo. No repertório, músicas como The Power Of Love, Hallelujah e uma versão de Winner Takes It All, do Abba.

O quarteto Il Divo O quarteto Il Divo

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TODAS QUEREM UM DIVO!

As fotos do concerto de Natal do Il Divo em Nova Iorque, em que foram convidadas a cantora lírica  e atriz de musicais Kristin Chenowett e a violinista Vanessa  Mae deram o que falar. A soprano interpretou uma ária humorística de seu repertório – Glitter and Be Gay – da opereta Candide, escrita por Leonard Bernstein. Ela deu um beijo em Carlos com tanto ímpeto que deslocou sua mandíbula !

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4 comentários sobre “NOTÍCIAS

  1. Obrigada Lú!
    Não só por esta, mas por todas as matérias que tem publicado sobre nossos maravilhosos Divos! De fato, eles são de enlouquecer…no bom sentido…rsrs
    Aguardo ansiosamente notícias sobre futuras aparições do grupo, ou melhor, notícias sobre apresentações (aparição é coisa de fantasma hahaha) Estarei de férias em abril e passarei por Lisboa/Madri/Paris e Londres. Se tivesse a sorte de vê-los…
    Um bj!

    • Nina,
      Os divos estão dando um pitstop para gravar o novo cd. Londres é o domicílio fiscal do divos. Urs mora lá e Seb nos arredores.Carlos mora em Madri e David em NY.É provável que se reunam em Londres, onde fica a sede da gravadora deles. Boa viagem e, qdo voltar, conte as novidades, tá? Bjs.

  2. Noooossa,que mulher ousada! Ainda bem que se engraçou com o Carlos…rsrs Já pensou se lasca num beijo desses no Urs? Acho que ele perderia o rumo!
    Bem, não sei como foi apresentação da Kristin, mas as fotos estão estranhas, o que foi aquilo com o colar?
    Ela participou essa semana como jurada do American Idol, na audição em orlando. Cá pra nós meio perua, mesmo…

    • Cara Nina,
      A Kristin interpretou a música Glitter and be Gay, da opereta Candide, de Bernstein. Ela é uma soprano operística, que canta muito bem. Por isso foi escolhida. Os divos enlouquecem a todas!
      Hehehe!!!!!

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