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Vittorio Grigolo: Bio

"...a charismatic performer with undeniable audience appeal" The New York Times

Italy announces a formidable return to the opera stage with the young Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigolo. His triumphant debut this June at London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performing in a new production of Manon by Massenet alongside Anna Netrebko, caused a sensation amongst audience and music critics alike: "But the evening really belongs to her (Anna Netrebko's) Des Grieux, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo 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".
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 at all the world's most prestigious opera houses, under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Oren and Antonio Pappano, with a repertoire that includes 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 worldwide, and is renowned for his star quality as both a singer and actor: Vittorio's exceptional dramatic and vocal talents have been widely praised by the world's press.

With a gold and platinum-selling solo album, a Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein's West Side Story and his upcoming album "The Italian Tenor" released this Fall on Sony Classical, Vittorio is already established as a successful recording artist as well as a charismatic and accomplished stage performer. He brings the same energy to his live concert performances as he does to his operatic roles, and not long ago sang before an audience of over 40,000 at an event organized in Chicago in tribute to the late Luciano Pavarotti.

His most recent operatic appearances include the title roles in Faust, Don Carlo and Les Contes d'Hoffmann, along with La Boheme, Lucrezia Borgia, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il corsaro, Manon and Rigoletto.

Most recently Vittorio has collaborated with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a special gala concert performance of Rigoletto in Tel Aviv. In September Vittorio will take the role of the Duke in Andrea Andermann's spectacular televised production of Rigoletto, with Placido Domingo, conducted by Zubin Mehta, which will be broadcast across two evenings by numerous European television stations. Vittorio will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with La Boheme in October and next season will see him perform at La Scala, Milan in Romeo et Juliette.

1 Massenet: Werther - Act III: Toute mon ame
2 Gounod: Romeo et Juliette - Act II: L'amour ! L?amour!
3 Bizet: Carmen - Act II: La fleur que tu m?avais jetee
4 Gounod: Faust - Act III, scene 4: Quel trouble inconnu
5 Massenet: Manon - Act II: Instant charmant
6 Massenet: Manon - Act III: scene 2: Je suis seul!
7 Meyerbeer: L'Africaine - Act IV: Pays merveilleux
8 Halevy: La Juive - Act IV: Rachel, quand du Seigneur
9 Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Epilogue, scene 2: Et moi?
10 Gounod: Romeo et Juliette - Act IV: Va! je t'ai pardonne
11 Massenet: Le Cid - Act II, scene 3: Ah! tout est bien fini
12 Gounod: Romeo et Juliette - Act V: C'est la! Salut!
Vittorio Grigolo Exclusive Interview with C Music TV

Vittorio Grigòlo, an exclusive Sony Classical artist, releases his first all-French recording,The Romantic Hero. For the new album, the celebrated Italian tenor has selected excerpts from leading roles in operas of Massenet, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Halévy, Bizet, and Offenbach. Although Vittorio is established as one of his generation's leading interpreters of Italian lyric-tenor roles, the French hero has, in fact, provided a key vehicle in propelling him to international recognition. Particularly significant was his triumph in 2010 as Des Grieux in Manon, opposite Anna Netrebko, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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