IL Divo - A Musical Affair
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When the phenomenon that is Il Divo were honoured at the Classic Brits at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, their Artist of the Decade award attested to the unrivalled success the four have enjoyed since they first announced themselves to the world with their self-titled, multiplatinum debut album in 2004. Further No 1 albums followed ¬‘Ancora’, ‘Siempre’ and ‘The Promise’ ¬ and at every stage, Il Divo remained true to their artistic mission: to share with the world their passion for music, and their passionate belief in it as a unifying force.
The record-breaking classical crossover quartet ¬the Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, baritone Carlos Marin from Spain, the French pop artist Sebastien Izambard and tenor David Miller from the USA first came together in 2003, the culmination of an exhaustive search by the music producer Simon Cowell to find four singers of distinctive individual gifts who could, as a group, create musical magic.
In the six years that have followed their astonishing breakthrough, Il Divo have continued to grow as recording artists and performers, and their millions of fans the world over have joined them on that journey.
With more than 25 million album sales, 150 gold and platinum discs, over 2 million concert tickets sold and the only crossover classical album ¬ ‘Ancora’ ¬ever to enter the US Billboard Top 200 at No 1, Il Divo could be forgiven for resting on their laurels. But that has never been their way. “We’re constantly trying to push things upwards,” Urs emphasises, “to a different level. Whenever we do something new, we want to do it better. And we’re still managing to do that, which fills me with great satisfaction.” The new album is, he says, “much more serious, more mature. Since we started, there have been so many people out there trying to do what we do. So we needed to change, or it’s no longer interesting for us, or for the audience.”
Now, in keeping with Il Divo’s determination to embrace new artistic challenges, the journey is set to take another turn. Carlos, David, Sebastien and Urs have spent the past 18 months in the recording studio, working on an album ¬due for release in November ¬that will write another chapter in their extraordinary story. As Sebastien puts it, all four of them asked themselves before the sessions began, “How can we improve this? It was a case of trying to think of Il Divo as a new project. It’s been a big investment for all of us, in terms of time, and passion, and creativity.