Il Divo (Italian pronunciation: [il ˈdiːvo]) is a multinational classical crossover vocal group. The group originated in the UK in December 2003, and is a vocal quartet composed of four male singers; Swiss Urs Buhler, Spaniard Carlos Marin, American David Miller, and Frenchman Sébastien Izambard.
As of 2015, the group has released nine albums: Il Divo (2004), Ancora (2005), Siempre (2006), The Promise (2008), Wicked Game (2011), A Musical Affair (2013) and Amor & Pasión (2015); a compilation album The Greatest Hits (2012); special Christmas songs album The Christmas Collection (2005). Two other albums An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona (2009) and Live in Japan (2014) are live recordings of concerts. Additionally, they have collaborated with other artists, having them as guest performers.
Since its inception Il Divo has enjoyed success worldwide, selling to date of 2015, over 30 million copies worldwide discs. With 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 different countries, it pioneered the genre of operatic pop, or "popera", in classical crossover music.
In recognition of its success, Il Divo was named "Artist of the Decade" at the 2011 Classic Brit Awards and among others, the Silver Clef Award from the hand of Nordoff Robbins in 2015.
Il Divo turned into an international reference group after achievement of being the first classical crossover group in history to reach the summit of the Billboard 200 US list in 2005, in addition to position itself in the top spot of the Adult Contemporary list. With the album The Promise in 2008, they broke the American record sales in the first week of publication. With the first four discs, they achieved 50 top positions in the album charts in America, Europe, Canada and America. In 2006, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most commercially successful classical-crossover group in music history, as well as the most international. and as of 2016, they have entered the list of best-selling music albums of all time, with 5 million copies in just 2006 with the album Siempre. On stages around the world also they gathered great success selling over 2 million concert tickets only from their first four albums, in his first world tour they sold out in 69 cities of 18 countries.
The group was designed and associated by music producer Simon Cowell for the label Syco Music, a member of the chain Sony Music. It is unclear who exactly named the group Il Divo, an Italian word in the singular meaning divine performer.
The quartet is remarkable for its musical mix of opera (opera singing and classical music) with themes of different genres like music, pop, boleros, themes, folk, tangos, sacred music, Latina, and interpreting versions of legendary and emblematic songs rewritten for Il Divo such as their debut, "Regresa a Mi."