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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 Ave Maria  
2 Fermarono i cieli  
3 Maria, che dolce nome  
4 Panis Angelicus  
5 Dolce cuor del mio Gesu  
6 Ave Maria  
7 Ingemisco  
8 Ave Maria  
9 O celeste Verginella  
10 Ave verum Corpus, KV 618  
11 Pieta, Signore!  
12 Ave Maria  
13 Voglio Chiamar Maria  
14 O bella mia speranza  
15 Exaudi Domine  
16 Serenata  
17 Salve Regina  
18 Ave Maria  
Vittorio Grigolo - Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
Vittorio Grigolo - The Making of 'Ave Maria'
Vittorio Grigolo Exclusive Interview with C Music TV

Vittorio Grigòlo is renowned for his soaring tenor voice, his handsome stage presence, and his unmatched success in the fields of opera and popular music. But he learned his craft in a very different arena of music-making. From the ages of 11 to 14 he was a chorister with the legendary SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR in Rome, one of the oldest choirs in the world and the source of western religious music. For this reason, he brings a uniquely authentic approach to his intimate sacred album Ave Maria, available now from Sony Classical. "I want to let people know where I come from, and to share my story," says Vittorio, who personally unearthed some of the hidden scores from the Vatican and closely advised on several of the orchestral arrangements.

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