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A crossover ‘popera’ group, Il Volo caters to a potentially similar audience with the live album Notte Magica – A Tribute to the Three Tenors, with Plácido Domingo conducting several of the numbers (he even has a brief sing-along). The results are quite fun, not least because Il Volo can actually sing. The three young Italian men, sharply besuited and extravagantly bequiffed, achieve a contemporary yet retro style. There’s a baritone, sometimes slightly wayward; a solid tenor, very good; and a second higher tenor, secure if sometimes a bit shrieky. But on the whole they achieve a homogenous if somewhat bland sound, which has taken them from winning the San Remo Festival in 2012 to coming third at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. They don’t appear to have a massive UK following but are pretty famous everywhere else, performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, taking part in New York’s Columbus Day Parade, and warbling alongside Barbra Streisand in concert. Their repertoire here is standard stuff, with a nod to opera with ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ plus some Neapolitan songs and the usual lollipops such as ‘Granada’, ‘My Way’ and ‘Tonight’. It will doubtless sell by the bucket load, and good luck to them – their social media shows they obviously work hard to keep their happy fans entertained.

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