7 Things you Might Not Know About Il Divo
Okay, you’re an Il Divo fan. A big Il Divo fan. You have all of their albums, you’ve seen them in concert, and, lets be honest, if one (or all four) invited you out for a night on the town, the rest of us would be eating your dust.
Ever wonder how music exec/reality show judge Simon Cowell came up with the idea for an operatic pop group? Legend has it the inspiration struck when, at home one night, he watched an episode of The Sopranos and heard the voice of Andrea Bocelli singing his famed version of “Con te partirò.”
At eight-years-old, my proudest accomplishment was being able to hop on one foot while simultaneously tapping my head and rubbing my stomach. Sadly, I never devised a way to monetize my unique talent.
Baritone Carlos Marin, however, learned how to best make use of his. At age eight this musical prodigy released his first album. At 10, he released his second. By the time he was 20 he was a bona fide Spanish singing star, appearing on numerous television shows. No word, however, if he’s able to hop on one foot while simultaneously tapping his head and rubbing his stomach.
Speaking of people with innate talents, Sébastien Izambard plays piano, guitar, and writes songs despite never being trained in music. That’s right – he learned it all by ear.
Though tenor Urs Bühler joined a choir and studied piano, violin, and clarinet, among other instruments, as a kid, his teenage years saw him fronting “Conspiracy,” a Swiss heavy metal band.
Il Divo’s new Broadway-inspired album A Musical Affair was far from American tenor David Miller’s first foray into the music of the Great White Way. In 2002, Miller starred as Rudolfo in a Broadway production of La Boheme, staged by director Baz Luhrmann.
With the release of 2005’s Ancora, Il Divo became the first classical crossover group in history to take the top spot on the American Billboard Top 200 chart. They’ve also sold more than 25 million albums. As well, according to their website, “the group has garnered over 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries.” In other words, they’re quite popular.
Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Barbra Streisand…Eminem? According to the group, they’d love to perform a song with the famed rapper.
“He’s so energetic and we are quite energetic as well,” Urs Bühler said in an interview. “If you imagine him rapping to the verses and then us singing a big, strong operatic chorus, I think that would work so well together.”