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Feb. 9, 2006

"Il Divo" dazzles

by Hokuma Karimova, Foreign Desk Editor
People on the cool night streets of D.C. wedged their way into Constitution Hall on Feb. 4 to see the Il Divo group perform their third concert in their first world tour. The group, which was formed by "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, consists of four very talented singers: Sebastien Izambard from France, David Miller from America, Urs Toni Buhler from Switzerland and Carlos Marin from Spain. This "popera" style, a mixture between pop and opera, has given music lovers quite a stir with its unique musical approach and cultural diversity.

The excitement of the performance was felt the minute the curtain fell, revealing a Roman-style stage with five columns and stairs leading to the front of the rectangular stage. The sound of the Il Divo orchestra was subdued as fans screamed at the sight of the four Il Divo members. With their debut album selling over five million copies and holding the number one single slot on musical charts in thirteen countries, fans sure have something to scream about.

The group started the night off with "I Believe" and "Un-Break My Heart," which were all sung in Spanish. But language barriers did not stop audience from loving the performance. Their voices were so possessing that the crowd simply enjoyed the sound of the musical harmony.

Some of the other songs that the group sang were "Mama," a tribute to all the members' mothers. The group also sang songs in English, such as "I Believe In You," "Somewhere, Somehow" and "Every Time I look At You." Other Spanish songs included "Isabel," "You Raise me Up (Por Ti Seri)" and "Hero." Adding even more to their cultural diversity, the group performed a French song, "Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore."

Their undeniable talent, voice, sentimental songs and live instrumental music mixed with dazzling lights made the Il Divo concert a truly enjoyable event. Although, sadly, the show was an hour long, a standing ovation prompted the group to come back to sing one more song. Flowers and even a thong were thrown on the stage, women reached out to touch their hands and enthusiastic fans asked for autographs after the final encore.

Such a sight, in which the audience goes wild over a "popera" band is surely surprising, especially when the entire ruckus of the audience was coming from adults, not teenagers. But all this is well deserved, because the voices of the Il Divo and the group's originality have helped them master the art of turning out an unforgettable concert.

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  • Kathryn (View Email) on June 19, 2006 at 9:38 PM
    Thank you for your review of the concert. I have been thinking about going to one, and have now decided to go the next time that they are in town.
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