Italian 'Popera' Group Il Volo Performs in Southern California This Weekend

By Philip Trapp on Mar 31, 2016 12:00 AM EDT

Italian operatic pop (or "popera") stars Il Volo are bringing their passionate vocal display to Southern Calfornia this weekend for a pair of concerts.

The group initially met on Italian singing competition show Ti Lascio Una Canzone in 2009. They amazed audiences with the first song they performed together as a trio, the Neapolitan classic, "O sole mio," made famous by Luciano Pavarotti.

The vocal threesome of tenors Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and baritone Gianluca Ginoble have been gaining fans across the globe with their ardent performances. They issued their debut, self-titled album in 2010; since following with a live album, two Christmas collections and multiple full-length releases.

The group's latest album, Grande Amore, charted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts. The effort showed the trio further sharpening their performance chops with songs in English, Italian and Spanish. Speaking to Palm Beach's Sun Sentinel, Boschetto enthused on their ascent to singing stardom:

"Each moment of our career has been so special and important for us. ... Every single part of our day is like dreaming, and we didn't expect any of this. Being here after three years, everything has happened so fast. It's really all a dream come true."

The group is in the midst of a global tour with multiple U.S. stops this spring. The trio show no signs of slowing, continuing the trek well into summer.

In an interview with Riverside County's Press Enterprise to promote their California gigs, Barone described their impassioned stage show as an invitation for younger fans to appreciate classical music:

"I can tell you if you come to our show you can laugh, you can cry, you can have fun because it's classical music, but we want to bring this kind of music to the young generation."

Il Volo performs at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula this Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, in Indio at Springs Resort Casino.

Take a listen to their song "Si Me Falta Tu Mirada" and let us know what you think of the "popera" sensations in the comments field below. We'd love to hear from you.

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