The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Is Vittorio Grigolo the great new tenor? Listen and decide for yourself, then let me know.

October 24, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

So who will be the great new tenor?

A lyrical, not Wagnerian, tenor , that is?

Perhaps even the new Luciano Pavarotti?

It’s a question that seems to  pop up each news season or so, and has had several answers that looked promising but ultimately caved in.

Now there is a new contender.

Whether he is the new Luciano or not, he sounds great and is getting a lot of attention and great reviews.

His name is Vittorio Grigolo (below) and he is, of course, Italian.

He has the voice.

And he sure has the good looks as well as the tone, the expressiveness and the high notes.

Why can’t it ever be an American?

Anyway, here is a profile from last Sunday’s New York Times:

And here are reviews of his debut at the Met in “La Boheme“:

From what I’ve heard, Grigolo is certain A great tenor, if not THE great tenor.

I wonder if we can book Grigolo here. (Chicago booked him in 2008 at Grant Park, see below.)

After all, Madison has great connections for booking singers through Madison Symphony Orchestra and Madison Opera conductor John DeMain and Madison Opera’s general director Allan Naplan, who himself was a touring baritone.

Even just a concert of favorite arias would be a treat.

If you doubt me, just take a listen (above) to his new bestelling debut album from Sony Masterworks and from his YouTube videos.

Wouldn’t that be great?

Or maybe we already have brought Grigolo to Madison and either I missed it or have forgotten it.

What do you think?

Here are some snippets of well-known arias that you can listen to while you decide for yourself.

Have you ever heard Grigolo live or recorded?

What do you think? Is he a keeper?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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