Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Crossover sensation Il Divo to sing on Sept. 24 at Fulfillment Amphitheatre in Taichung

By Nancy T. Lu
Il Divo, Sony Music’s hottest crossover artist group, will make their Taiwan debut at the Fulfillment Amphitheatre in Taichung on September 24, announced Taichung Mayor Jason Hu in Taipei on June 24.

“An Evening with Il Divo” will open at 8 p.m. for the convenience of the public from out of town like Taipei. Crossover music fans may need to .take the Taiwan High-Speed Rail to Taichung to catch Il Divo in concert.

Il Divo’s confirmed first visit has come after three years of negotiation with help from the Management of New Arts and Sony Music Taiwan.

American tenor David Miller, French vocalist Sebastien Izambard, Swiss tenor Urs Buehler and Spanish baritone Carlos Marin make up Il Divo, a sensation on the eve of the final game of the 2006 World Cup and performer of the theme song of the sport event with incredible global following. .

Mayor Hu, shown with promoter Niu Hsiao-hua of Management of New Arts in picture, felt very proud about signing up Il Divo this time, following the great success of previous big Taichung concerts featuring Italian tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. Actually eyed for Taichung next is a concert by a big celebrity female artist like Celine Dion.

Il Divo’s program of songs has yet to be announced. The songs will be selected from the group’s four recording albums. “The Promise,” the latest recoding released only last year, features songs like “The Power of Love (La Fuerza Mayor),” “La Promessa,” “Enamorado,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “She” and “Amazing Grace.” Mayor Hu said he would like very much to hear the four singers vocalize a Taiwan song.

Tickets to “An Evening with Il Divo” cost from NT$600 to NT$4,800.

Although the Fulfillment Amphitheatre has a total seating capacity of 7,000, only 5,900 tickets will be sold.

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