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Vittorio Grigolo - The Romantic Hero / The Classical Reviewer

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Born in Arezzo, Tuscany and raised in Rome, Vittorio Grigòlo was only four when he discovered his passion for music, becoming 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 around the world with such conductors as Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel and Antonio Pappano.

Grigòlo has a repertoire that includes some twenty four operas by such composers as Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Massenet, Offenbach and Bernstein as well as the sacred works of Rossini. As one of the leading tenors of his generation, he now performs in the world's most prestigious opera houses including La Scala, Milan, The Royal Opera House, London, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Opernhaus Zurich, Palau de Les Arts Valencia, and Chorégies D'Orange.

On this new Sony disc, Grigòlo shows conclusively that he also has the voice of a Romantic Hero. Opening with Jules Massenet's Toute mon âme! Pourquoi me réveiller from Werther one is immediately struck by the emotional pull which Grigòlo brings. There are effortless climaxes and such fine control. The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della RAI under Evelino Pidò provides beautifully sensitive contribution. READ THE FULL Classical Reviewer REVIEW.