Vittorio Grigolo received an enthusiastic ovation after his performance as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore at La Scala.
After having seen contracts suspended with The Royal Opera and The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala decided to take no action against the tenor as there is an undergoing investigation by The Royal Opera House. The audience was clearly very much on Grigolo’s side with its deafening applause.
“Love always prevails,” Grigolo said after the performance. “There will always be gossiping, and words designed to sell more copies of a newspaper. After 20 years of intensive work and sacrifice, the audience at La Scala appreciated that and let me know that I am loved for who I am – that is, exuberant in taking the applause… energetic. I hugged some members of the chorus [during the curtain call] this evening, so I hope I won’t be having any more problems.
“Irony, euphoria, enthusiasm… think that we’re full of adrenaline, after a show like this, there’s adrenaline like an athlete has after running 100 metres, or a gladiator on entering the arena.”
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.