Music Review: Vittorio Grigolo The Italian Tenor

Sunday, October 03, 2010 Posted by Dina N

I love the beauty and power of opera music. Some incredibly talented Italian opera singers have been on my list of favorites for years. Thanks to Sony Classical, now I've added another one: acclaimed young tenor Vittorio Grigolo.

Sony Classical is releasing Grigolo's debut album, The Italian Tenor, on October 5. I received a copy of this CD and must say I completely agree with the opinion that he is one of the finest tenors in recent years. Grigolo started his musical career as a soloist in the Sistine Chapel Choir, and became the youngest tenor ever to debut at the legendary La Scala. Since then, he has performed with the finest artists and conductors of today.

The Italian Tenor presents arias from three great composers - Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. On this CD, Grigolo sings as five different Verdi characters. His amazing voice and talent shines in fifteen arias recorded in the Teatro Regio di Parma with the resident orchestra and conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi.

It's impossible to pick favorites in this album. Arias from Rigoletto, La Bohème, Il Corsaro, Manon Lescaut, Tosca and more will delight any opera music aficionado. The entire collection showcases Vittorio Grigolo's remarkable voice, and I imagine it's a real treat to hear him perform live. On October 16, Grigolo will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this CD courtesy of Sony Music. The opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.


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