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Il Divo brings luscious music to Foxwoods

October 3, 2016

Heavenly voices, fashion-model looks, an international aura and devoted fans — ranging from young girls to senior citizen couples — continue to make Il Divo one of the most successful classical-crossover groups in the world.

With sales of more than 30 million albums worldwide, Il Divo is again touring North America in support of its seventh studio album, “Amor & Pasion,” in its 13-year history.

The tour, which kicked off Sept. 20 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, will run through Nov. 19, ending in Indio, Calif. Along the way, the quartet will visit about 40 major venues in the United States and Canada, including Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday, Oct. 7.

Brought together by producer Simon Cowell in 2003, Il Divo features Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, Frenchman Sebastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin and American tenor David Miller, who studied at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Izambard is the only member who is not classically trained; his voice is described as “vox populi” with tenor characteristics.

All are multilingual and accomplished musicians and singers in their own right.

When we caught up with Buhler by telephone during a Washington, D.C., tour stop, he said that this tour is unlike any other the group has embarked upon since forming in 2003. The tour has a very specific theme: “great Latin classics and standards that are very beautiful.”

And for the first time, traveling with the group are five female and three male professional dancers. Providing the live music will be an orchestra of New England musicians, under the direction of a conductor from the Il Divo staff.

“The music of ‘Amor & Pasion’ lends itself so beautifully to dance,” Buhler said. The quartet worked with Colombian producer and multiple Latin Grammy Award-winner Julio Reyes Copello to choose and record “12 songs spanning a century of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros and classic mambas. The flavors and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico” will be highlighted, he said.

“It is a different type of show for us ... with more passion and excitement. It will be so much more entertaining, like a big spectacle. I don’t want to spill the beans,” Buhler said, but added the show will feature a few solos, arias and a bit of dancing by quartet members.

According to the group’s website, it has 50 No. 1 records and 160 gold and platinum awards in more than 33 countries and four sold-out world tours.

“We’re dedicated to breaking down boundaries ... to sharing the power and possibilities of music,” Buhler said.

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