Il Divo is the world’s first and most successful classical crossover group. The international quartet comprises of tenor Urs Buhler of Switzerland, baritone Carlos Marin of Spain, pop artist Sébastien Izambard of France and tenor David Miller from the United States. The foursome have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, achieved over 50 number one records, received 160 gold and platinum sales awards in over 33 countries and staged four groundbreaking world tours. Il Divo first came to fruition in 2003 and has been making music together over a more than decade long career.
Il Divo have performed in front of the world’s great and good – from President Barack Obama to Queen Elizabeth II. They have shared microphones with fellow superstars from Barbara Streisand to Celine Dion and their sell-out concerts have been attended by Hollywood icons including Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro.
At their outset, Il Divo were four strangers of different nationalities, each with a distinguished but very different musical background. American tenor, David was a conservatory-trained opera singer, whose performance in Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme on Broadway had been critically acclaimed. Baritone, Carlos had been a child vocal prodigy – the ‘Little Caruso’ – recording his first album aged eight, with a career spanning stage and opera. Accomplished tenor, Urs, from Switzerland, played violin, clarinet, piano, guitar and drums and had even fronted a heavy metal band as a teenager, before choosing a classical route. Sebastien was a talented singer-songwriter, whose single Si Tu Savais had reached number one in the French charts.
After their platinum debut in 2004, subsequent albums – Ancora (2005), Siempre (2006), The Promise (2008) and Wicked Game (2011) built on the group’s winning combination of virtuoso and mass appeal. Their 2013 recording, A Musical Affair, was their celebration of Broadway and West End classics.
In their career to date, Il Divo have already proven how the power of music transcends category and defies definition. Their latest studio album, Amor & Pasion is their most ambitious yet. The flavors and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico give a nod to the quartet’s beginnings and is full of love and romance.