About Il Divo
Il Divo ) is a multi-national classical crossover vocal group. The male quartet originated in the United Kingdom in December 2003, bringing together singers Urs Bühler , Carlos Marín , David Miller , and Sébastien Izambard . The group was created and promoted by music producer Simon Cowell for the label Syco Music . Although it is unclear how the group's name came about, "Il Divo" is translated from Italian as "divine performer."
As of 2018, the group has released ten albums: Il Divo , Ancora , Siempre , The Promise , Wicked Game , A Musical Affair , Amor & Pasión and Timeless ; a compilation album The Greatest Hits ; special Christmas songs album The Christmas Collection . Two other albums – An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona and Live in Japan – presented recordings of live concerts. Additionally, they have collaborated with other artists.
Since its inception, Il Divo has enjoyed success worldwide, selling well over 30 million copies of its albums worldwide. With 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 countries, it 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 their first four albums. In their first world tour, concerts in 69 cities in 18 countries were sold out.
Il Divo is composed of four singers, three of whom are classically trained, from four countries: German-born Spanish baritone Carlos Marín , two classically trained tenors Swiss Urs Bühler and American David Miller, , and French 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, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. Cowell conducted a worldwide search for young singers who were willing to embark on the project, a search that lasted nearly three years, from 21 January 2001, until 16 December 2003, when the fourth member, American tenor David Miller, was signed. Prior to Il Divo, Miller and his European counterparts Spanish baritone, Carlos Marín, Swiss tenor Urs Bühler and French pop singer, Sébastien Izambard were each enjoying moderate success in their own right.
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