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About Il Divo


Il Divo ; transl. "The Star") are a multi-national classical crossover vocal group. The male quartet, which originated in the United Kingdom in December 2003, consists of tenors Urs Bühler, David Miller, and Sébastien Izambard. It also included baritone Carlos Marín before his death from COVID-19 in late 2021. Il Divo was created and promoted by Simon Cowell for the label Syco Music .


As of 2021, the group released ten studio albums: Il Divo , The Christmas Collection , Ancora , Siempre , The Promise , Wicked Game , A Musical Affair , Amor & Pasión , Timeless , and For Once in My Life: A Celebration of Motown ; as well as a compilation album, The Greatest Hits . Two other albums – An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona and Live in Japan – presented recordings of live concerts. The group has also collaborated with other artists.


Since its inception, Il Divo has enjoyed success worldwide, selling over 30 million copies of their albums worldwide. With 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 countries, the group has pioneered the genre of operatic pop, or "popera", in classical crossover music.


Il Divo's live concerts sold over two million concert tickets worldwide just from the group's first four albums. In its first world tour, concerts in 69 cities in 18 countries were sold out.


Il Divo was composed of four singers, three of whom are classically trained, from four countries: baritone Carlos Marín; two classically trained tenors, Urs Bühler and David Miller; and pop singer-songwriter Sébastien Izambard.


The idea behind Il Divo came when Simon Cowell, inspired after listening to the Three Tenors, decided to form a multinational quartet of talented young singers to recreate the quality of Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and Placido Domingo. Cowell searched worldwide for young singers who were willing to embark on the project from January 21, 2001, to December 16, 2003, when Miller was signed. Prior to Il Divo, each member enjoyed moderate success individually.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Il Divo", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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