Born in Arezzo, Italy, Vittorio Grigolo is the quintessential Italian tenor. He began his vocal career 26 years ago as a soloist in the Sistine Chapel Choir and at 39, he is considered one of the finest tenors of his generation. He has performed principal tenor roles in the world’s most prestigious opera houses and his exceptional vocal and dramatic talents have been widely praised since his 2010 debut at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Chevalier des Grieux
Vittorio’s repertoire includes the leading roles from Italian and French opera such as: Traviata, Boheme, Rigoletto, Elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Manon, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Werther and many others and he performs around the world under the batons of Chailly, Mehta, Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Dudamel, Pappano and Maazel to name but a few.
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.”
Vittorio brings the same passion and energy into his live concert performances. His 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).
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. The Caruso Award 2015 was given to Vittorio by the City of Sorrento for his contribution towards spreading the Italian culture around the world. Also in 2015 Vittorio was awarded the Tiberini d’Oro” in recognition of his successful career in opera. In 2016 Vittorio was given the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award by The Atlantic Council for his contribution towards strengthening of the transatlantic relationship
Recent performances were given critical acclaim. Werther at The Metropolitan Opera, New York – “When Mr. Grigolo sings the role, you believe it…..he may be the most galvanically convincing singer in the world today” (New York times). About Hoffmann at Los Angeles Opera – “His voice is at its prime, unwavering throughout a nearly four-hour opera” (Los Angeles Times), “a gloriously strong but smooth voice that never wavered once” (Stage and Cinema)
Later this year Vittorio will make his role debut as Cavaradossi in The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Tosca which opens on New Years Eve