VOLARE: The Great Story of Domenico Modugno VOLARE: The Great Story of Domenico Modugno

Saturday 18 January 2014 8:00PM VOLARE: The Great Story of Domenico Modugno

Domenico "Mimmo" Modugno has barely outgrown his childhood when he leaves a small village in Southern Italy to make his fortune as an actor in Rome. He ends up staying in a homeless shelter, singing at downtown bars to survive. His strong Southern accent and other misadventures will change his dream to become an actor and lead him to choose music over cinema. His song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (better known as "Volare") will receive two Grammys with sales over 22 million copies, and will represent Italy in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. "Volare" will revolutionize the Italian music scene of the 60s, becoming the soundtrack of a country now aiming for the sky.


Carlo Coppola sings "Volare" (Nel blu dipinto di blu)

Carlo will be singing his acoustic version before the movie.

"Volare", "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu". Co-authored by Modugno and Franco Migliacci, won the Sanremo Music Festivalcontest in 1958 and became an enormous success worldwide, including the United States. It received two Grammy Awards with sales above 22 million copies, and represented Italy in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came in third.

Carlo Coppola is an award winning singer/songwriter. Coppola crafts musical gems that transcend the generation gap. With a style incorporating intelligent pop, melodic rock, and heartwarming ballads, his unique voice showcases his remarkable musicianship. Staying true to his roots is a testament to his stylistic influences which offer a fresh musical statement all his own. A multi-talented artist and gifted performer, Coppola sings and writes in English, Italian and Spanish, and has created the platform from which to capture the attention of audiences around the world.

Carlo was also recognized at Sanremo's original song contest, starring Marco Leonardi, recognized in the Oscar winning film, "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" by Giuseppe Tornatore.

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