Mr. Vittorio Grigolo
Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award
Born in Arezzo, Italy, Vittorio Grigolo is the quintessential Italian tenor. He began his vocal career twenty-six years ago as a soloist in the Sistine Chapel Choir and at thirty-nine, he is considered one of the finest tenors of his generation. He has performed principal tenor roles in the world’s most prestigious opera houses and his exceptional vocal and dramatic talents have been widely praised since his 2010 debut at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Chevalier des Grieux.
Grigolo’s repertoire includes the leading roles from Italian and French opera such as: Traviata, Boheme, Rigoletto, Elisir d'amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Manon, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and many others and he performs around the world under the batons of Chailly, Mehta, Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Dudamel, Pappano, and Maazel.
With a gold and platinum-selling debut album, a Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein's West Side Story and his albums with Sony Classical "The Italian Tenor" (#1 US Billboard Classical Album chart), “Arrivederci” (2011) and “Ave Maria” (2013), Vittorio is already established as a successful recording artist. His latest album “The Romantic Hero” is a collection of Vittorio’s favorite French opera arias.”
Grigolo brings the same passion and energy into his live concert performances. Touring around Europe and promoting his new albums at events like the 2013 Concert pour la prise de la Bastille that took place under the Eiffel Tower with an audience of more than 800 thousand people. His recent solo recital at The Metropolitan Opera was reviewed as “a truly unforgettable evening” by the Latinos Post with his voice described as “an attractive, ardent and supple instrument that he wielded to passionate effect” by the New York Times.
His big screen appearances include Andrea Andermann's 2010 highly acclaimed, worldwide live broadcast of Rigoletto from Mantua where Vittorio performed the leading tenor role of The Duke of Mantua alongside Plácido Domingo's portrayal of Rigoletto and just recently the live HD broadcasts of La Boheme from both The Metropolitan Opera, New York and The Royal Opera, London, to sixty-six countries around the world.