The Italian operatic pop group is made up of three teenage tenors – 18-year-old Piero Barone, 17-year-old Ignazio Borschetto and 16-year-old Gianuca Ginoble. The trio met in 2009 while performing on the Italian RAI TV music competition “Ti Lascio Una Canzone.” After Ginoble won the competition, the three singers continued performing together. They were introduced to American audiences last May on the 10th season of “American Idol.”

The group’s self-titled debut was released in Italy in November 2010 and in the United States last May. The live CD and DVD, Il Volo Takes Flight – Live From The Detroit Opera House, was filmed last year on the trio’s first North American tour. The show features Italian classics including “O Sole Mio” and “Un Amore Cosi Grande” and the trio’s take on the Charlie Chaplin classic “Smile.” The live DVD includes a bonus documentary.


Fans will get the chance to see Il Volo live this summer beginning with an Aug. 12 performance in Minneapolis at The Orpheum Theatre.

The tour includes stops at Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion At Riverbend Aug. 17; Cleveland’s Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica Aug. 21; Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Aug. 28; Montreal’s Place des Arts Aug. 29; Boston’s Bank Of American Pavilion Sept. 8; and Houston’s Bayou Music Center Sept. 22. 

The last date is Oct. 2 in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre.

After airing on a PBS Detroit affiliate this past December, Il Volo’s PBS Special “Il Volo Takes Flight” will air in more than 80 percent of the U.S. during PBS’s fundraising drive between March 3-18.

The trio will return to the “Today Show” March 6. The guys have also scheduled in-store performances at Barnes & Noble in New York (86th Street) March 4 and Los Angeles at The Grove March 11.

Ticket details for the North American tour will be announced soon.

For more information, click here for Il Volo’s website.