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Il Divo brings multilingual pop-meets-opera act to Straz

Pop meets opera is the formula for Il Divo, the foursome with GQ looks created by Simon Cowell as the proverbial big night out. The guys are in the middle of a four-month North American tour behind their latest release, Wicked Game, that includes a pair of concerts in Tampa. Singing in English, Spanish, French and Italian, their repertoire ranges from Chris Isaak's title song for the album to Roy Orbison's Crying to an arrangement of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings to Don't Cry for Me Argentina to the inevitable Time To Say Goodbye.

Il Divo, made up of American tenor David Miller, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, Swiss tenor Urs Buhler and French tenor Sebastien Izambard, is a draw. During its 2009 tour, the group set what was then a box-office record with its sold-out show at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Performances this weekend are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Morsani Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. $35.50-$143.50, with VIP packages available at $250 and $425. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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