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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 perform in 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 (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lucia di Lammermoor), 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 like 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. In August 2013 he took part in the first “Concert de Paris” on the Champ de Mars, performing before more than 800,000 spectators. He has recorded West Side Story as well as a number of albums with Sony Classical, including 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 its original setting in Mantua with Plcido Domingo in the title role. He also appeared in a performance of La Bohème which was broadcast live worldwide from both the Metropolitan Opera and London’s Royal Opera House. In 2011, he received the prestigious Echo Klassic Newcomer award. 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. In 2017, he appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in Tosca, performing the role of Mario Cavaradossi. He then went on to sing the roles of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore and Mario Cavaradossi at the Paris Opera. During the 2019-2020 season, he appeared in L’elisir d’amore and Roméo et Juliette at Milan’s La Scala and in La Bohème at the Paris Opera.
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