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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 Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel and Antonio Pappano.

Events this year include the release of his new album “The Romantic Hero” which includes a selection of his favourite French arias. Performances this year include his debut in the role of Werther (Deutsche Oper, Berlin), La Bohème and L’elisir d’amore (Covent Garden, London), Roméo et Juliette (Arena di Verona), and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Metropolitan Opera, New York).

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, and Rigoletto.
He brings the same energy to his live concert performances as he does to his operatic roles. In 2008 he was invited to sing before an audience of over 40,000 at an event organized in Chicago as a tribute to the late Luciano Pavarotti. In 2010 Vittorio collaborated with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a special gala concert performance of Rigoletto in Tel Aviv and at the beginning of 2011 and 2012 he gave a tour of concerts in Germany and Switzerland performing arias and songs from his albums.

With a gold and platinum-selling debut album, a Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein's West Side Story and his album "The Italian Tenor" (Sony Classical) reaching the number one position in the US Billboard Classical Album chart, Vittorio is already established as a successful recording artist.

In addition, Vittorio has successfully moved across into television media with both his 2008 performance of Alfredo in La Traviata, broadcast live from Zurich's main train station and 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.

Vittorio has been honored 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. His discography also includes “Arrivederci” a selection of songs from the past century that are steeped in Italian tradition and “Ave Maria” his intimate collection of uplifting and beautiful spiritual songs.
Guiseppe Verdi:
Don Carlo
I Due Foscari
Un Ballo in Maschera
Luisa Miller
Messa da Requiem
Rigoletto
La Traviata
Il Corsaro
Gaetano Donizetti:
L´Elisir d’Amore
Don Sebastiano
La Favorita
Anna Bolena
Lucrezia Borgia
Lucia di Lammermoor
Giacomo Puccini:
La Bohème
Madama Butterfly
Charles Gounod:
Faust
Roméo & Juliette
Gioachino Rossini:
Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Idomeneo
Così fan tutte
Jules Massenet:
Werther
Manon
Leonard Bernstein:
West Side Story
Jacques Offenbach:
Les Contes d'Hoffmann