‘Il Volo’ at Wolf Trap

Last night’s Il Volo concert is THE best show/concert I’ve seen at Wolf Trap in a long time! After every song, the singers received standing ovations from the crowd, which seemed to shock the humble singers.

Il Volo. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.
Il Volo. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Il Volo (which means ‘The Flight in Italian) is composed of three operatic singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble who are barely 20 years old, but have a sound like thunder.  They are all from Italy and met on an Italian TV show competition. They seem like very close brothers.

The set featured the rhythm section on the left side of the stage including the drummer, piano player, bassist and guitar. To the right included an orchestra of strings, flute, and other brass instruments. Il Volo walked in between the groups of musicians to a raised stage and toward the front of the stage. The backdrop changed to magnificent colors from red to blue to green. Il Volo wore tailored black outfits that sewed them together in perfect harmony.

The songs ranged from Elvis Presley to Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” to U2’s “Beautiful Day” to Frank Sinatra and Italian operatic classics, which is their forte. The music was a mix of several genres. One person near me exclaimed, “It’s like church!” as the audience would rise from their seats after every song and cheer.

During their concert, they gave praise to opera singing star Placido Domingo several times, who is their musical inspiration. I was surprised that they sounded so similar to their recordings, which is so rare today.

Ginoble sang a beautiful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s rendition of Cole Porter’s sultry “Night and Day,” which had impeccable phrasing. I enjoyed their bantering with the crowd all through the night.

Ignazio Boschetto instigated a lot of the teasing.  Boschetto proudly announced he lost 75 pounds recently and jumped up in the air and clicked his heels. In broken English he would introduce a lot of the songs. For the song “Memory” he said, “I have a secret. I sang this song at three years old, I mean three years ago! I didn’t realize Barbara Streisand sang this song and we toured with her last year!” Barone playfully shot back, “Keep this your secret!”  During the song “Beautiful Day,” Boschetto was singing and helping the drummer drum.

During the song “Maria” from West Side Story, Boschetto and Barone came out into the crowd and sang. Barone took several selfies with audience members. Talk about charming! Boschetto let one female audience member sing with him and he also collected two jars of Nutella. The crowd loved it!

Il Violo. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.
Il Volo. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Toward the end of the show Il Volo sang the Neapolitan classic “O Sole Mio” and had the audience sing it along with them. Il Volo clearly enjoyed themselves on stage and the audience reciprocated with much enthusiasm.

At the end of the show Boschetto and Ginoble high-fived and shook hands with all the audience next to the stage.

This show is a MUST SEE! The talent was pure, the music was gorgeous, and the musicians were top class. What a way to spend a summer night!

Running Time: Two hours and thirty minutes, with one intermission, and an encore.

Il Volo played Friday, June 13, 2014 at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center — 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA. For tickets to future events check their Calendar of Performances and Events. Take a look here for products from the best stores in the USA to fuel up before the musical.


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Marlene Hall
Marlene Hall grew up an army brat and has lived all over the world and in Washington, DC where she was constantly exposed to theater and music. Marlene graduated from the University of Virginia where she wrote for the Cavalier Daily interviewing musicians. Commissioned as an Air Force officer, she served 8 years. She now works as a realtor with eXp Realty. In addition, Marlene dabbles in improvisational comedy and has taken classes at the famed iO Theater in Chicago and the DC Improv. She is very active in the DC charity and social scene and contributes her time to veterans’ organizations Team Rubicon and Team Red, White, and Blue. She also was a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera’s Carmen with opera singer Denyce Graves. She loves the music and theater scene in DC and goes to as many concerts and shows as possible.


  1. I was so impressed with your review of ll Volo. They are such talented and classy young men. Thank you for being so positive in your report. Their beautiful music have changed a lot of lives in such a positive way. I just adore these precious young men.

  2. My friend and I brought the Nutella! We know Gianluca likes it! The concert was Fabulous! I am flying to Nashville on Monday for a second dose of IlVolo! These boys have brought people together from all over the world! I was so happy for them to see all the standing ovations! There needs to be more people who appreciate great talent like this! Thank You So much for such a great review! They are all so handsome, Talented, and gracious! Humility is in there too! From a VERY happy IlVolover!

    • Well the Nutella thing was brilliant. My sister and I were loving it. He seemed so happy to receive your thoughtful gift. I’m glad you liked my review. They are very talented! Thanks for posting Donna!

  3. Thank you for a picture perfect review of that concert! I was in the 2nd row in the “pit” center. It was definitely a wonderful concert. They are just amazingly talented and as you say, humble and sweet human beings.

    • You are welcome Gina! What great seats you had! Yes this concert blew me away and I go to a lot of concerts. Mad talent. Amazing! Thanks for writing!

  4. I totally enjoyed reading your post. I had gone to the Greek concert the week before and was just thrilled at the on-stage banter between the boys. Wish the M/G had gone as well. My phone camera died and I had to use my sister’s, which I was not familiar with & had to learn on the fly. Somehow the M/G photo disappeared into cell-phone oblivion never to be found, which only convinced me that this would not be my only Il Volo concert.

    • Hi Marian, thanks for your post! I’m glad you enjoyed my article. Just an incredible show! I’m glad you got to see them again!


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