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“Manon”, italienisch

Source: Opernwelt
Author: Jürgen Königsdorf
Publication Date: 01 Aug 2010

“Gekommen war man, um Anna Netreko in einer ihrer Paraderollen zu hören – doch das Ereignis der neuen “Manon” […] war am Ende nicht die Diva, sondern ihr Chevalier. “Die Geburt eines neuen Stars”, “Das sensationellste Debüt seit Langem” bejubelte die englische Presse den jungen Italiener Vittorio Grigolo, der damit wohl den entscheidenden Schritt zur Weltkarriere gemacht hat. Nach diesem Abend dürfte der Ersatzmann für den ursprünglich vorgesehenen Rolando Villazón die besten Chancen haben, die Nachfolge des kränkelnden Mexikaners anzutreten. Mit der Eröffnung der neuen Met-Saison im Herbst und einer parallel erscheinenden Debüt-CD bei Sony sind die Weichen für den Tenor aus Arezzo gestellt.
Sein Des Grieux ist von Anfang an das musikalische Kraftzentrum: Kerngesund klingt Grigolo in allen Lagen und Lautstärken, sinnlich und strahlend das an die Stefano erinnernde Timbre, lebendig und suggestiv die Gestaltung. Dazu ausgezeichnetes Französisch, Spieltalent und die Latin-Lover-Looks für die romantischen Helden – es ist schon fast beängstigend, wie Grigolo alle Anforderungen an das Berufsbild “Startenor” zu erfüllen scheint.”

London, “Manon”, 22. Juni, Royal Opera House

Source: Opernglas
Author: M. Lehnert
Publication Date: 01 Jul 2010

“Mit Vittorio Grigolo war in dieser Neuproduktion auch der Des Grieux besonders attraktiv besetzt. Nicht nur optisch bildete er zusammen mit Anna Netrebko ein hinreißendes Paar, auch musikalisch bewegten sich die dunkel gefärbte Sopranstimme und der virile Tenor im Einklang. Grigolos in bester italienischer Gesangstradition stehende lyrische Tenorstimme weiß Leidenschaft zu vermitteln. Dieser Ausnahmestimme steht eine Farbpalette zur Verfügung, die an ein Naturwunder grenzt. Da ist nichts gedrückt, gedunkelt oder gemacht. Grigolo versteht es einfach, immer noch ein neues Schattierungsregister zu ziehen, um mit geschickten und hoch musikalischen Lösungen zu verzaubern. Zu Recht wurde er bei seinem Hausdebüt mit Ovationen geradezu überschüttet.”

Press release: Vittorio Grigolo triumphs in Royal Opera House debut

Source: div
Author: div
Publication Date: 28 Jun 2010

‘The birth of a star’ – Evening Standard

‘As house debuts go, it was little short of sensational’ – The Independent

‘The most sensational debut to be heard at Covent Garden for some time’ – The Guardian

Vittorio Grigolo, exclusive Sony Classical artist, created a sensation this week with his keenly-anticipated debut as the Chevalier des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s new production of Massenet’s ‘Manon’ at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The young singer thrilled audiences and critics alike with his ardent and passionate singing, drawing comparisons with many of the historic first nights of great singers of the past.

Mr. Grigolo, regarded by many as the finest Italian tenor in a generation, more than lived up to his advance billing. Born in Arezzo, Tuscany, he was a soloist in the celebrated Sistine Chapel Choir as a child and attracted the praise of the great Pavarotti himself when, at age 13, he starred along side him as the Pastorello in ‘Tosca’ at the Rome Opera . He went on to be the youngest tenor ever to debut at the legendary La Scala, Milan and has conquered many of the world’s great opera houses since, appearing with the finest artists and conductors of our day.

For his Royal Opera debut, his musical partners were the acclaimed Russian lyric soprano Anna Netrebko and Covent Garden Music director Antonio Pappano. The Chevalier des Grieux is one of the most challenging roles in the lyric tenor repertory, requiring singing of exquisite tenderness and explosive dramatic intensity. The critics unanimously agreed the young singer passed all tests with flying colours and was worthy to take his place alongside the great interpreters of the part.

‘Grigolo made a triumphant Covent Garden debut as Des Grieux. He balances Italianate ardour with style and intelligence…..and his good looks and energetic acting make him an appealing stage figure. A great operatic career lies in his sights……’ The Daily Telegraph

‘He’s got everything the role demands – a voice that flows, terrific looks, an instinctive sense of theatre. He’s entirely credible as a 20 year old uncontrollably in love and everything he does seems natural, from his impetuous first appearance in the Aimens courtyard, to his chilling shriek of despair at Manon’s death.’ The Guardian

‘In his Covent Garden debut, rising star Vittorio Grigolo wins the audience’s hearts with his good looks, ardent singing and an eager demeanour that takes on the full tragic dimension of Chevalier des Grieux’s predicament’ The Stage

‘More than matching Netrebko for passion and control was the Des Grieux of the young Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, making his debut at Covent Garden. The thunderous ovation he received at curtain call suggested that the audience sensed the birth of a star.’
The Evening Standard

The Independent praised: ‘Vittorio Grigolo’s dashing and thrillingly sung Chevalier des Grieux, his seductive middle voice covered to beautiful effect in the many subito shadings in mezza voce’.

The Times remarked: ‘The voice was ablaze, mobile in dynamics like Des Grieux’s heart, able to soar and sob alike without the slightest strain. The house loved him.’

With this thrilling debut, Vittorio Grigolo fully confirms his claim to be regarded as the finest exponent of the Italian tenor tradition in a generation. He has recently become an exclusive Sony Classical artist and his first recording for the label – ‘The Italian Tenor’ – will be released on September 20th. It promises to be one of the most significant classical recordings of the year.

Kein Girlie mehr: Anna Netrebko singt “Manon”

Source: Die Welt
Author: Manuel Brug
Publication Date: 26 Jun 2010

“Die Überraschung ist freilich der Villazón-Ersatz Vittorio Grigolo. Der 33-jährige Italiener, der vor vier Jahren in England noch als “Pavarottino” den Opern-Crossoverpfad beschritt, hat sich via Zürich ins seriöse Fach entwickelt und kehrt jetzt als Sieger zum triumphalen Operndebüt heim. Sein Französisch ist sehr gut, er singt delikat, doch mit Kraft, gibt den virilen Macho, wälzt sich aber auch wohlig verletzlich im Priesterbett, als er von Manon in der Kirche verführt wird. Ein Testosterontenor
mit weiblichen Seiten, das ist neu – und war Sony bereits einen Plattenvertrag wert.“

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Manon at Covent Garden, WC2

Source: The Times
Author: Geoff Brown
Publication Date: 24 Jun 2010

“Netrebko’s vocal ardour, unflinching in the highest altitudes, is easily matched by Vittorio Grigolo’s as Des Grieux. […] This was a voice ablaze, mobile in dynamics like Des Grieux’s heart, able to soar and sob alike without the slightest strain. The house loved him.”
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Massenet Manon, Royal Opera House, London

Source: The Independent
Author: Edward Seckerson
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“So, too, Vittorio Grigolo’s dashing and thrillingly sung Chevalier Des Grieux, his seductive middle-voice covered to beautiful effect in the many subito shadings in mezza voce. The chemistry between him and Netrebko was, well, steamy in the cassock-ripping Saint-Sulpice scene. I was put in mind of the young Roberto Alagna as Gounod’s Romeo. Yes, Grigolo was that good. As house debuts go it was little short of sensational.”

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Jules Massenet’s Manon: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Source: Daily Express
Author: William Hartston
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“…She doesn’t get to the convent, of course, but is seduced by the young Chevalier des Grieux, brilliantly sung by the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo. Quite apart from looking the part of a romantic male lead, he is a fascinating singer, having performed everything from popular songs to high opera, including an acclaimed recording of West Side Story.
In Manon, however, he displayed a perfect tenor voice. The slightly strangled tone of many tenors was completely absent and the demanding range called for by the role was clearly completely natural and apparently effortless. His duets with Netrebko were pure operatic joy, with two great voices blending perfectly.”

Jules Massenet’s Manon: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Source: Daily Express
Author: William Hartston
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“She doesn’t get to the convent, of course, but is seduced by the young Chevalier des Grieux, brilliantly sung by the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo.
Quite apart from looking the part of a romantic male lead, he is a fascinating singer, having performed everything from popular songs to high opera, including an acclaimed recording of West Side Story.
In Manon, however, he displayed a perfect tenor voice. The slightly strangled tone of many tenors was completely absent and the demanding range called for by the role was clearly completely natural and apparently effortless. His duets with Netrebko were pure operatic joy, with two great voices blending perfectly.

Star soprano Netrebko sings new, “naughtier” Manon

Source: Reuters
Author: Steve Addison
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“Judging by the cheers at the end of the premiere late on Tuesday, it was her on-stage partner Vittorio Grigolo who also stole the show in the Italian tenor’s first outing as Manon’s hapless lover Chevalier des Grieux.
The 33-year-old, who was a soloist in the choir of the Sistine Chapel and made a successful “popera” album, is increasingly concentrating on pure opera, and attributed his success to understanding what his character was going through.
“Before debuting this role I had to have all these emotions already in my background,” he told Reuters backstage after a packed performance. “If I didn’t have these emotions it would not be possible to deliver that.”
Grigolo said he was not put off by singing alongside one of the opera world’s biggest names.
“You don’t think about the superstar,” he said of Netrebko, who has performed the lead role of Manon several times.
“If you are here on stage, the stage we share is going to be shining for everybody.

“When you sing in such a great theater it is like playing Wimbledon — before you play there are no stars, then after you play the stars come.” The tennis fan has been following the grass court championship which began in London this week.

“Anna knows this very well. She’s a top star and she knows how to manage the match.”

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Manon provides inspirational times in high society

Source: Evening Standard
Author: Barry Millington
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“More than matching Netrebko for passion and control was the Des Grieux of the young Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, making his debut at Covent Garden. The thunderous ovation he received at curtain-call suggested that the audience sensed the birth of a star.”
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Stars im Königlichen Opernhaus

Source: Deutschlandfunk
Author: Christoph Schmitz
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“In London bekam der junge Tenor Vittorio Grigolo die Chance, anstelle des ursprünglich vorgesehenen Rolando Villazón an Netrebkos Seite zu glänzen – und er nutzte sie. […] so herzergreifend wie Grigolo ist nur selten ein Chevalier über der toten Manon zusammengebrochen. Das hätte auch Rolando Villazón, der ursprünglich für diesen Auftritt vorgesehen war, nicht eindrucksvoller liefern können.”
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Manon

Source: The Guardian
Author: Tim Ashley
Publication Date: 23 Jun 2010

“But the evening really belongs to her des Grieux, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo – young, relatively unknown, and making 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. He’s entirely credible as a 20-year-old uncontrollably in love, and everything he does seems natural, from his impetuous first appearance in the Amiens courtyard, to his chilling shriek of despair at Manon’s death.”
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