This morning Londoners were transported to Venice by the serenades of three gondoliers, dressed in their traditional striped tops and boaters. Luca Foffano, Michele Bozzato and Michael Malvich, now known as ‘The Gondoliers’, signed a record deal with Decca Records’ on the South Bank, before singing ‘O sole mio’ to passers-by.
The three Italians were discovered by Decca on the canals of Venice, where they have sung love songs to passengers for many years, and provided the backdrop for countless marriage proposals. They have also serenaded Jonny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and family, who spent time in the city while filming The Tourist.
Today marks the first time that The Gondoliers have left their beloved city of Venice. With the release of the album they are also making a plea for help to save the ‘sinking city’. Some of the proceeds from album sales will go to Venice in Peril, a charity committed to finding solutions for Venice’s sustainability.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director of Decca Records Group, commented:
“The smooth, rich, romantic sound of The Gondoliers will set hearts racing – whilst at the same time drawing attention to the serious issues facing one of the world’s most beautiful cities.”
The Gondoliers’ self-titled album, featuring traditional Venetian love songs, will be released on 21 March.
Classic FM asked Decca's Mark Wilkinson about the decision to sign The Gondoliers. Listen below.