I stumbled upon this when I was searching for new versions of Santa Lucia on YouTube (yes, canzoni Napoletani are a lifelong weakness of mine, thanks to my Operafest years). Even as someone who’s been classically trained from the age of five, I can’t be entirely certain I had reached their level of awesomeness by the time I hit 18. I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of Il Volo prior to this, and I was blown away by the unbelievable talent they possess at such young ages — 18, 19 and 20. It’s such an enormous relief to know that in a day, age and culture permeated by the likes of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, this kind of talent still exists.
And just to give an indication of how young they truly were when they started out, this is where it all began, back in 2009: