Il Divo are back: refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to remind the world just what we've been missing.The original and most popular operatic quartet return in November with their richest, most...Expand
Il Divo are back: refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to remind the world just what we've been missing.The original and most popular operatic quartet return in November with their richest, most dynamic and diverse album, The Promise.Il Divo were initially brought together by pop impresario Simon Cowell in 2004, following an extensive worldwide audition process. The virtuoso blending of operatic technique with romantic and popular song took the world by storm, with sales of over 22 million. Their first three albums, 'Il Divo', 'Ancora' and 'Siempre' scored 36 number 1 chart positions across 26 countries. But success was hard earned.The trick of Il Divo has been to make it look so easy. The public fell for these four handsome men, singing their hearts out, transforming some of the great songs of the popular canon with outstanding vocal skills. But behind the scenes it involved all consuming dedication and a relentless drive for perfection. "For everybody it has been a big journey," explains Sebastian. "We put the work in. We try to make everything the best. That's the challenge."
Il Divo's schedule has been non stop. Two sold out world tours have seen them performing to over 1.5 million people in thirty countries. They appeared at the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA 2006 World Cup, singing the official theme song with Toni Braxton. And they were special guests of Barbara Streisand on her 2006 tour of North America. And all the time they have been refining and defining the musical genre they have effectively created, searching, as David puts it, for songs and a style that suit both opera and pop, "so that we can transcend the two."
After three years of constant work establishing themselves as the biggest global breakthrough artists of their time, Il Divo took a well earned break for most of 2007. When they got back together to begin preparations for their fourth album, they found the dynamic had subtly shifted. "We all just sort of looked at each other and realised we are a team," explains David. "We have been each others shoulders to lean on, the guys that have kept it all going. And the whole thing just went click."All four agree that, for their first album, they almost stumbled on a way of working, which they honed and perfected over the follow ups. For the new album they wanted to branch out creatively. An early decision was to work with only one producer, longtime collaborator Steve McCutcheon (aka Steve Mac)."In Il Divo, it's something special when we sing all together," adds Carlos. "It doesn't matter who sings the melody and who sings the harmony, it feels like a big wave, a tsunami is arriving. It's amazing, the feeling, its so powerful, even when I am on stage with the other guys singing, I still get goosebumps."