Vittorio Grigolo sang the song Caruso at Verona's Arena as a tribute to its composer Lucio Dalla who died last March at 68. It was part of an evening which marks the start of the build-up to the opening of the Arena's opera season later this month. Placido Domingo, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and even - bizzarely - Justin Bieber took part.Before giving out a telephone number to … [Read more...] about A true Latin man: Vittorio Grigolo’s roving eye!
Gounod's Faust is, on the one hand, a gift for directors and performers - as Geoff Brown says in The Times, "It’s a Cecil B De Mille film directed by Bob Fosse, and Hell on Earth in more ways than one" - but it can often inspire productions so over the top with racy ideas and cut-out villains that an audience couldn't care less about the characters on stage. David McVicar's … [Read more...] about Critics Round-up: the Royal Opera’s Faust
Vittorio Grigolo, already saddled with the label "the new Pavarotti", gave a long interview to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera's Style Magazine. He talked about his love of motorbikes, Italy and singing. Here are some excerpts:Who is he?I grew up with Happy Days and my favourite character was Fonzie; always busy working on a motorbike, the leather jacket, … [Read more...] about Vittorio Grigolo talks about his voice, his art, his country… and motorbikes
The best selling classical discs in the UK during the Christmas run-up are mostly predictable with André Rieu's 'Mostly Vienna' at the N°1 position. In the line up there's also Andrea Bocelli's 'Carmen: Duets & Arias', the Cambridge Singers singing John Rutter, and various tenor hits by Jonas Kaufmann and Vittorio Grigolo.But there are some nice serious inclusions: Paul … [Read more...] about The last classical music chart before Christmas