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June 17, 2009

Italian teen trio picks up mantle of the Three Tenors

While hardly rivaling the YouTube view totals for Paul Potts, the operatic surprise of Britain's Got Talent a few years ago (54 million), or Susan Boyle, this year's phenomenon from that show (68 million), three disarming teens from Italy have been generating a bit of a buzz over the past few weeks for their version of O sole mio on a popular TV show -- 1.7 million YouTube views and counting. (That show, Ti lascio una canzone, promotes the preservation of classic Italian popular music.)

The trio delivers essentially the same version of the beloved Neapolitan song made famous by the storied Three Tenors, and, assuming you're susceptible to that sort of thing, the performance has much the same appeal.

At 14 and 15, these guys aren't ready for operatic singing, and they may not have any interests in that direction. But they certainly reveal potential, especially Gianluca Ginoble (the one in the middle), at least for the pop and crossover market.

Anyway, the performance does provide a certain lift, especially with more than enough gloom and uncertainty out there in the world. (Oh yeah, and for fanciers of cleavage ...

the TV host who introduces the trio will provide, um, extra distraction.)


Posted by Tim Smith at 9:57 AM | | Comments (7)


Fabulous, thank you for sharing, Tim.


Gianluca Ginoble is a GREAT talent, we love him here in Italy.

If you want to see all his video from Ti Lascio Una Canzone, check this site:

Grazie. TIM

I live in Belgium and I watched this singing contest organised by the Italian channel RAI. Gianluca Ginoble, the youngest of the three, won the contest with a wonderful interpretation of an Andrea Bocelli song. For his age, he is quite impressive. I was more than surprised when I read afterwards that he only had voice training to prepare for this talent show.

Impressive, indeed. I hope he goes on to develop his voice and his musical options. Thanks for the report. TIM

I have only wonderful thoughts and opionions abaout these wonderful voices. Loved all three of them. I wish them the best for their futures.

I was wondering if there was any way to purchase this cd from the show? I take it Gianluca does not have his own cd? But is there anyway to download his music? Of course I am not wanting to do this for free. Thank you very much for your report!

The best advice I can give is to google the names of the guys and see what's out there. I spotted what are supposed to be free downloads of Gianluca, for example. There may be a lot of stuff if you feel like digging. Good luck. TIM

How revolting, the talent in these kids is remarkable, this should be shown instead of the garbage that goes aroung on the

Thanks for alerting me. I didn't know the video had been removed. That's one of the dangers of YouTube; what they give, they can also take away, without warning. Maybe a legal clip of these singers will turn up. TIM

You can still see the three teen tenors at:

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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