Is 33-year-old Italian Vittorio Grigolo really the next great operatic tenor?
If that were true, all opera houses save for the Met, Covent Garden and La Scala would have to close their doors.
The latest pretender to Tenor Superstardom is 33-year-old Italian Vittorio Grigolo, a serious and already very experienced artist with a growing career, including a turn in the Met's next La bohème, which opens Oct. 16. He has a lyric voice and an uncanny sense of phrasing.
National Public Radio is offering a free listen to the entirety of his new album, Vittorio Grigolo: The Italian Tenor, which is being released by Sony Classical on Tuesday. The album is a mix of the old chestnuts, as well as some less-recorded fare. It's definitely worth a listen.
Perhaps we should call him Another Great Tenor. Would that be so bad?
LICITRA MASTER CLASS TODAY
Speaking of tenors, Salvatore Licitra is giving a master class today in Walter Hall, at University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is welcome, for free.