A REAL CLAS­SIC

Il Divo’s David Miller is de­lighted to be back in Aus­tralia and in­tends tak­ing in all the sights this time dur­ing the pop opera band’s Time­less tour

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AMBER MACPHERSON Il Divo play HOTA to­mor­row night, doors open 6.45pm. Tick­ets start at $127.28, lim­ited seats are avail­able

David Miller hopes his tour through Aus­tralia with pop opera band Il Divo will be a lit­tle more mem­o­rable than last time. The clas­si­cally-trained tenor and one quar­ter of the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned vo­cal group says his mem­o­ries of our coun­try are stored in a video cam­era.

“Dur­ing 2012, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to film a lit­tle bit of what goes on in a day in the life of Il Divo, from ev­ery sin­gle day, across the en­tire tour of 140 cities,” David says.

“The funny thing is, I was so busy hav­ing my cam­era pointed at ev­ery­one all day long, I don’t re­mem­ber be­ing in Aus­tralia.

“The cam­era is not in my hands any­more. Time for me to be present and en­joy things.”

Il Divo, orig­i­nally formed by UK pro­ducer Si­mon Cow­ell, con­sists of tenor David along­side Swiss tenor Urs Buh­ler, Span­ish bari­tone Car­los Marin and French pop singer-song­writer Se­bastien Izam­bard.

By the time the group play HOTA to­mor­row night, they would have seen Aus­tralian cities Perth and Ade­laide on their Time­less world tour that in­cludes shows in Europe, Asia, Africa and Mex­ico.

David says Il Divo’s unique clas­si­cal cross­over sound, sung in Span­ish, Ital­ian, French, English and even Ja­pa­nese, res­onates glob­ally with mil­lions of peo­ple.

“By and large, mu­sic is some­thing that goes be­yond lan­guage, and it goes be­yond cul­ture, and it goes be­yond per­sonal pref­er­ences,” David says.

“When peo­ple lis­ten to our mu­sic, we create a sound­scape. Each one of us has a dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal back­ground. Some of our songs are stan­dard bal­lads, some of them are pop songs.

“We go through this huge pro­gres­sion of mu­si­cal colours, be­cause we in­clude so many el­e­ments.”

That di­ver­sity and mix­ture of gen­res is dis­tinctly en­com­passed in al­bum Time­less, a col­lec­tion of cov­ers of the band mem­bers’ favourite songs from the early 20th cen­tury to now.

“When we talk to fans and when we get feed­back, one of the most re­cur­ring words is time­less,” David says.

“We launched into that. All four of us combed through lists of songs from all the dif­fer­ent decades.

“We whit­tled it down to 10 songs.

“Hola, the Adele track, is the most iconic of the al­bum.

“My favourite song, in terms of the con­nec­tion, is Smile. I love Char­lie Chap­lin, and this mu­sic comes from that movie ( Mod­ern Times).”

Il Divo’s show will take the au­di­ence on a mu­si­cal jour­ney with clas­si­cal, opera and brass band mu­sic, as well as softer mo­ments where each singer takes to the stage on their own.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of great mu­sic,” David says.

“We’ve also got dancers com­ing on to the stage. And, of course, there’s al­ways the screens and the lights, an evening of spec­ta­cle.”

Pop opera band Il Divo are headed for the Gold Coast to per­form at HOTA to­mor­row night.

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