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SALT LAKE CITY — They're charming. They're handsome. They're witty and, oh yes, they can sing. Boy, can they sing!
Il Divo proved Tuesday night in EnergySolutions Arena that they haven't lasted as a vocal group for more than a decade by accident.
They have powerful pipes.
They take command of the stage the minute they step on.
They're professional, polished and passionate.
They can take what some might regard as tired tunes and pump them full of fresh energy and heart.
"Some Enchanted Evening," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" become new.
There's incredible feeling in what these four sing.
(Add in Lea Salonga, the lead in Broadway's "Miss Saigon" and the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin," and there's some definite magic.)
The crowd loved them, even the men who probably — according to David Miller of Il Divo — came against their will.
"We usually see the men sitting like this," he said, crossing his arms and studying his watch. "You guys are great."
The four last came to Salt Lake City in 2009. After bursting into what proved to be a nearly three-hour show of blockbuster hits, Miller promised they wouldn't wait another five years to come back.
"I don't know why we waited so long," Miller said. "We won't do that again."
Miller, (from the United States), Sebastien Izambard, (from Spain), Carlos Marin (from Spain), and Urs Buhler, (from Switzerland) sang flawlessly and apparently effortlessly in multiple languages.
They were completely at ease and engaging throughout as they mixed, matched and ramped up otherwise simple songs.
They included hits from famous Broadway shows, cuts that make up their newest CD "A Musical Affair."
They added some lush classics and a variety of timeless favorites: "I Will Always Love You," "I Did It My Way" and "Time to Say Goodbye."
They won the hearts of the audience in short order, an audience that demanded two encores and stood at the end of almost every song.
It was a beautiful and riveting experience.
Il Divo has sold over 26 million albums and has had more than 50 No. 1 records.
The North American tour is their fourth world tour.
Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years' experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.
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