Vittorio Grigolo

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Vittorio Grigolo was born in Arezzo, Tuscany and began his career in the choir of the Sistine Chapel. At the age of twenty-three, he became the youngest tenor ever to have performed at La Scala Milan. Soon thereafter, he was invited to appear at some of the major international opera houses: London’s Covent Garden (where, in 2010, his debut as Des Grieux in Manon was particularly acclaimed), the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Washington Opera, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the Zurich Opera, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, and the Chorégies d’Orange Festival.
He has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, and Antonio Pappano. He has performed the principal roles in Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Werther, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Bohème, Lucrezia Borgia, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Corsaro, Don Carlo, La Traviata, and Rigoletto. He made his Paris Opera debut in 2013 in Lucia di Lammermoor, returning there in 2014 for La Bohème and in 2017 for Rigoletto.
In August 2013 he took part in the first “Concert de Paris” on the Champ de Mars, performing before more than 800,000 spectators and the following year he gave a recital at the Metropolitan Opera. He has recorded West Side Story as well as a number of albums with Sony Classical: The Italian Tenor (for which he received the “Discovery of the Year” Diapason in 2010), Arriverderci (2011), Ave Maria (2013) and The Romantic Hero (2014). In 2010, he sang the role of the Duke of Mantua in the film version of Rigoletto, which was shot in Mantua in the original setting, with Placido Domingo in the title role and he also appeared in La Bohème broadcast live from both the Metropolitan Opera and London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Opera Magazine named him “Best Tenor” in 2011 for his performance as Des Grieux at London’s Covent Garden and he received the prestigious Echo Klassic Newcomer title of 2011.
His performances in the title role of Werther at the Metropolitan Opera and as Hoffmann at the Los Angeles Opera were also hailed by the critics. He recently appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in Tosca, performing the role of Mario Cavaradossi for the first time.

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