Romeo and Juliet, 22 September at 7.15pm The Royal Ballet By Kenneth MacMillan Music: Sergey Prokofiev Le nozze di Figaro, 5 October at 6.45pm The Royal Opera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dir: David McVicar Cond: Ivor Bolton Cast includes Erwin Schrott and Anita Hartig Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky pas de deux / Carmen, 12 November at 7.15pm The Royal … [Read more...] about The Royal Opera and Ballet in Cinema 2015-2016
Vittorio Grigolo is not normal. While no artist is normal - and some are downright strange - Grigolo is something of an eccentric, both onstage (just look at that marvellous baroque bowing he does) and off. Here's an extract from an interview with Italy's Io Donna magazine which begins in a toy shop on the outskirts of Milan where he's having problems with his mini … [Read more...] about Vittorio Grigolo’s new women’s shoes and a song for Hillary Clinton
4 December (Preview for young people), 7, 10, 13, 16, 20, 23 December 2014 Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio Conductor: Daniel Barenboim Director: Deborah Warner Sets and costumes: Chloe Obolensky Cast Anja Kampe, Mojca Erdmann, Klaus Florian Vogt, Falk Struckmann, PeterMattei, Kwangchul Youn, Florian Hoffmann Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala New production … [Read more...] about La Scala complete Opera casts and dates: 2014 – 2015
Vittorio Grigolo is a firecracker of a man, exploding in all directions, often loudly, causing excitement - and a little disorientation - among those nearby. At least that is the impression he left on Laura Pezzino, journalist for the Italian Vanity Fair. As Grigolo has decided to make London his base for the time being (before he was in Los Angeles but the 9 hour flights … [Read more...] about Vittorio Grigolo on his last meeting with Pavarotti and on finding his siblings
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