Nationality: French, Spanish, US, Spanish
Genre: Operatic pop
Love him or hate him, Simon Cowell knows how to sort out acts that can make him big bucks in the music industry. Il Divo came about when he spotted a gap in the market for an opera singing boyband performing versions of famous pop hits, and between 2001 and 2003 he got together German born Spanish baritone, Carlos Marín; two classical tenors, Swiss Urs Bühler and American David Miller; and French pop singer, Sébastien Izambard and set them loose on the world as Il Divo.
With their operatic takes on such classics as “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Unchained Melody”, “My Way”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Hallelujah”, “Unbreak My Heart”, “The Time of Our Lives”, “Amazing Grace” and “Nights In White Satin”, the multinational quartet have three UK number albums to their name. They’re now back in Spain to promote their 2011 record, “Wicked Game”, which as well as the Chris Isaac hit from which the album takes its name, also features covers of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and Shakespeare’s Sister’s “Stay”.
It’s the kind of thing people either love or hate, but there are plenty of the former. In fact, on this website the page that’s getting by far the most hits is this one. Their Il Divo & Orchestra Tour is big business. On their first night here in Spain, they’re at the same venue where they played to their biggest ever European audience in 2009, where their DVD “An Evening With Il Divo – Live In Barcelona” was recorded. And the day after they’ll be doing their little bit at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid.
In each city they appear in, Il Divo will be accompanied by a local orchestra, something never done before in the history of music, and which means each individual concert will have a flavour of its own. Should make things interesting…
Did you know: Simon Cowell apparently got the idea for creating Il Divo after watching the episode of The Sopranos in which Carmela is seen listening to Andrea Bocelli’s “Con te partirò”.
Thursday April 26, 2012 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
Friday April 27, 2012 Madrid Palacio de los Deportes