Il Volo

Three tenors are preparing for a tour across the U.S. next month, but if you’re thinking Plácido Domingo or José Carreras, think again.

Il Volo – Italian teenage tenors Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble – features voices straight out of PBS’ “Great Performances,” though this trio is also aiming for the MTV set.

Photo: Jason Koerner

The group’s been cultivated by some big names in the biz: Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair, Rob Light, Steve Leber and Michele Torpedine, who managed Andrea Bocelli.

Leber, along with his son, Jordan, got involved after seeing Il Volo perform at a wedding rehearsal.

“The minute I heard them I said, ‘I have to have them. They’re just so great,’” Steve Leber told Pollstar.

The Lebers cut a co-management deal with Torpedine and went to work introducing Il Volo to America through a slew of appearances on everything from “Good Morning America,” to “Entourage,” to “American Idol.”

The work paid off, scoring the trio a No. 1 album on the classical charts, their first concert DVD, a tour across the States, and, in late 2012, a support slot for none other than Barbra Streisand.

PBS released a special in June, “Il Volo: We Are Love,” with an Il Volo Christmas special on the network and corresponding album sung entirely in English coming later this year.

Photo: Jason Koerner

“We’re doing younger songs, also,” Jordan Leber added. “We’re doing One Direction. We definitely have that Josh Groban, Michael Bublé audience, but then we’re starting to cross over to a younger generation.”

Il Volo will hit theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. and Canada then heads to Latin America, where the trio, which also sings in Spanish, has quite a following.