On Saturday, my wife bought the DVD of Il Divo: Encore and to say I was blown away watching and listening to this really is an understatement.
This is opera but not as you know it. This talented young quartet – an American, Frenchman, Spaniard and a Swiss – of classically-trained singers did a live performance filmed at the Teatro Romano de Mérida in Spain. Switching between songs in English, Spanish and Italian, the audio-visual spectacle really is a treat to behold.
My only complaint reflects some of the reviewers’ comments on Amazon.co.uk – the sound is recorded in Dolby Digital 2.0. It’s very good indeed, but it could have been totally awesome if it were in DTS. (Dolby vs DTS is an ongoing debate. Personally, I always find DTS a far more fantastic listening experience when watching DTS encoded DVDs.)
Still, I found the whole thing a breathtaking experience for the eyes and the ears. A perfect balance to Led Zeppelin 😉
Il Divo: Encore was released in Europe last month. You’re about to get lucky if you’re in the US – the DVD will be released there on 24 January.
More info: Il Divo: The Official Site