As featured in the famous La Scala, Milan (February 26, 2023), the charismatic Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo will bring the same concert program to Prague's Dvořák Hall less than two months later. Do you remember his electrifying performance in Prague on May 2, 2015? "In the Municipal House, Vittorio Grigòlo set the audience on fire with his sincerity and charm"..., so we read in Czech newspapers MF Dnes on May 3. And the review in the monthly Hudební Rozhledy offered one comparison: somehow, in the similar manner, the legendary violinist Paganini magnetized his listeners [as did Grigòlo]... In April 2023, we have definitely something to look forward to!
With his debut in Covent Garden, in June 2010, as Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo earned a membership among the world opera elite. Four months later (16th October, 2010), he made his very successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera (as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème). Audiences had a chance to see and hear his Rodolfo during Met in HD live broadcast on 5th April 2014. In January 2015, Met also broadcasted Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Vittorio in the title role again thrilled both the audiences and critics. In January 2017, Vittorio enchanted us within the Met in HD Series as Romeo in Gounod‘s Romeo and Juliette, also in January 2018 as Cavaradossi in Puccini‘s Tosca in the same famous series. One of the US reviews said: “Vittorio Grigòlo is a 100 % Italian tenor”.
Born in Arezzo, Vittorio Grigòlo started his singing career at the age of nine, as a soloist of the Sistine Chapel Choir; at the age of thirteen, he made his debut as the Shepherd in Puccini’s Tosca at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, alongside Luciano Pavarotti. With this performance, he earned a nick name „Il Pavarottino”… Today, he is considered one of the best opera tenors of his generation. His concert performances are just as thrilling as his recordings; to name one: a concert commemorating anniversary of the conquest of Bastille in 2013, which took place under the Eiffel Tower in front of an eight-hundred-thousand audience. Vittorio Grigòlo also appeared in motion picture within the famous project of producer Andrea Andermann from 2010 – Verdi’s Rigoletto in live broadcast from Mantua with Plácido Domingo in the title role and Vittorio in the role of the Count.
During his upcoming recital in Prague, he will be accompanied by the renowned Italian pianist Vincenzo Scalera, who is a piano partner to many famous singers, including Juan Diego Flórez.
The concert is held under the auspices of the Ambassador of Italy to the Czech Republic H.E. Mauro Marsili.
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
La donna è mobile (The Duke of Mantua)
Rigoletto, Act III
GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797–1848)
Una furtiva lagrima (Nemorino)
L’elisir d’amore, Act II
Romanza senza parole in fa maggiore
GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858–1924)
1. Che gelida manina (Rodolfo)
La bohème, Act I
2. Manon Lescaut, Intermezzo
3. Recondita armonia (Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act I
4. Foglio d’album
1. Ah sì, ben dite... Tutto parea sorridere – Sì: de’ corsari il fulmine (Corrado)
Il Corsaro, Act I
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
Ah! lève-toi, soleil! (Roméo)
Roméo et Juliette, Act II
JULES MASSENET (1842–1912)
1. Instant charmant… En fermant les yeux (Des Grieux)
Manon, Act II
2. Thaïs, Méditation
3. Je suis seul!… Ah, fuyez, douce image (Des Grieux)
Manon, Act III
BENJAMIN GODARD (1849–1895)
Jocelyn, Act II
for piano solo
GEORGE BIZET (1838–1875)
La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (Don José)
Carmen, Act II
JACQUES OFFENBACH (1819–1880)
Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach! (Hoffmann)
Les contes d’Hoffmann, Prologue
NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR RECORDING!
Program is subject to change