Italy announces a formidable return to the opera stage with the young Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigòlo. His exceptional vocal and dramatic talents have been widely praised by the world’s press. Vittorio’s 2010 debut at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Des Grieux in Manon was described as” the most sensational debut to be heard at Covent Garden for some time. He’s got everything the role demands – a voice that flows, terrific looks, an instinctive sense of theatre”. The Guardian
Born in Arezzo, Tuscany and raised in Rome, Vittorio was only four when he discovered his passion for music; a few years later he was made a soloist in the Sistine Chapel choir. Having made his debut as the Shepherd in Tosca at the age of thirteen, he began his vocal training in earnest, and at twenty-three became the youngest tenor ever to perform at La Scala, Milan. Within a few years, he was appearing around the world under the batons of Chailly, Mehta, Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Dudamel, Pappano and Maazel.
He has a repertoire that includes some 24 operas from amongst others, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Massenet, Offenbach, Bernstein and the sacred works of Rossini. As one of the leading tenors of his generation, he now performs in the world’s most prestigious opera houses including La Scala, Milan, The Royal Opera House, London, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Opernhaus Zurich, Palau de Les Arts Valencia, and Chorégies D’Orange to name just a few.
Recent operatic appearances include the lead roles in Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Manon, Don Carlo and Les Contes d’Hoffmann, along with La Bohème, Lucrezia Borgia, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Corsaro, L’Elisir d’Amore and Rigoletto.
Vittorio brings the same passion and energy into his live concert performances. Touring around Europe and promoting his new albums at events like the 2013 Concert pour la prise de la Bastille that took place under the Eiffel Tower with an audience of more than 800 thousand people. His recent solo recital at The Metropolitan Opera was reviewed as “a truly unforgettable evening.” (Latinos Post) with his voice described as “an attractive, ardent and supple instrument that he wielded to passionate effect.” (New York Times).
With a gold and platinum-selling debut album, a Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein’s West Side Story and his albums with Sony Classical “The Italian Tenor” (#1 US Billboard Classical Album chart), “Arrivederci” (2011) and “Ave Maria” (2013), Vittorio is already established as a successful recording artist. His latest album “The Romantic Hero” is a collection of Vittorio’s favorite French opera arias.”.
His big screen appearances include Andrea Andermann’s 2010 highly acclaimed, worldwide live broadcast of Rigoletto from Mantua where Vittorio performed the leading tenor role of The Duke of Mantua alongside Plácido Domingo’s portrayal of Rigoletto and just recently the live HD broadcasts of La Boheme from both The Metropolitan Opera, New York and The Royal Opera, London, to 66 countries around the world.
Vittorio has been honoured with awards that include the “European Border Breakers award” for his first solo album “In the Hands of love” (Polydor) and France’s 2010 Diapason” Decouverte de L’Année” (Discovery of the Year) award in recognition of his album “The Italian Tenor”. Also, “Best Tenor “category in L’Opera Magazine’s 2011 Opera awards, for his performance as “Des Grieux” in Manon at London’s Royal Opera House (2010) and the prestigious ECHO Klassik Newcomer of the year award in 2011.