TuesdayDec 5, 20238:00 PM
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Il Divo In Concert
This classical crossover group smashes barriers and breaks ceilings in every genre they tackle, whether opera, pop, folk, or world music. Put together in the U.K. in the early 2000s as a result of a worldwide search by ‘American Idol' and ‘Britain's Got Talent' judge Simon Cowell, the four spectacularly talented, classically trained men of Il Divo quickly found their niche as classical-flavored pop stars. After releasing their acclaimed, self-titled album in 2004, Il Divo would quickly reach No. 1 on the United States' Billboard 200—as well as topping charts in other countries—with their breakthrough second album, ‘Ancora.' Their subsequent albums and collaborations—with Céline Dion, Juan Gabriel, and others—only found them further success. ‘The Christmas Album' remains a worldwide staple, while their 2015 masterpiece ‘Amor & Pasión' comprised Spanish-only songs in the styles of tangos, mambas, and boleros. The group's 2018 album, ‘Timeless,' features a number of rapturous covers, including "Hola," a Spanish-language reinterpretation of Adele's "Hello."
Their impressive touring itinerary started in 2006 with a performance at the FIFA World Cup opening game between Germany and Costa Rica; that event was followed by their participation in Barbra Streisand's 2006 North American Tour. Il Divo tours yearly, also performing at U.S. President Barack Obama's 2009 Purple Inauguration Ball and the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. What makes their concerts such a spectacle is partly the colorful combination of their voices—a heroic tenor (Urs Bühler), a classic tenor (Sébastien Izambard), a baritone (Carlos Marín), and a lyric tenor (David Miller), the four blending into a fantastic tapestry of brilliant sound. Aspiring to the style of the Three Tenors (Domingo, Carreras, and Pavarotti), Il Divo gives immense pleasure with performances of well-known songs, trading off melodies and finding shimmering harmonies that only these four men's voices can create.