IF YOU GO
• What: Il Divo’s “A Musical Affair”
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10
• Where: Chastain Park and Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta
• Cost: $35 to $85
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International superstars Il Divo are celebrating their 10-year anniversary with a unique, new tour.
The group is bringing its Broadway-inspired show “A Musical Affair” to Chastain Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
Il Divo was created by British music producer Simon Cowell in 2004 when he put four male singers from different countries together into a classical pop supergroup.
“A Musical Affair” focuses on the music of Broadway and theater and includes songs from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Carousel” and “West Side Story,” as well as many others. Lea Salonga, a celebrated Broadway actress and singer, will be joining Il Divo on their Atlanta tour stop.
“It’s nice to have such a wonderful voice from Broadway, she’s such an icon,” said Sebastien Izambard, Il Divo’s French singer. “It’s amazing to have the chance to do that. What we’re trying to do, we’re not trying to copy Broadway, we’re trying to sing some Broadway songs with our stamp. We’re not playing the characters. It’s an Il Divo thing.”
By the time this tour is finished in November, Il Divo will have been on the road for just over a year. While it’s an amazing opportunity to travel the world, sometimes touring for so long can take its toll.
“I just bought a home in California to keep my family there as a home base. It’s hard for me not to be at home in my own bed with my wife and kids. I miss surfing and my vegetable garden,” Izambard said. “When you’re on the road, it’s not the same thing. But in saying that, it’s never going to be perfect. I would love to do what I do from home, but that’s fantasy. I feel like I’m pretty lucky to do what I’m doing and I make it work.”
Despite the challenges of being away from his family, Izambard is excited to be returning to Chastain Amphitheater, one of his favorite venues in the country.
“I’m really excited because I’ve been looking forward really to come to Atlanta,” he said. “The Chastain venue in Atlanta is one of my favorites because I have memories of people coming with all the candles lit and sitting on the lawn and bringing their food and drinks.”
Izambard’s excitement about coming to Atlanta promises an entertaining show.
“We’re definitely going to give the best to our audience and make sure people have an enjoyable evening. That’s what music, for me, is all about,” he said. “It’s about bringing peace, love and that moment of serenity. I hope people leave the gig with a huge smile and that they had a great time.”