On a recent trip to Vienna, I had the pleasure of catching a performance of Verdi's La Traviata at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna States Opera). The highlight, for me, was the 36 year old Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, in the role of Alfredo (See video below of Vittorio accepting his well deserved applause). His performance inspired me to listen to his latest CD from 2011, Arrivederci.
I found this album to be immediately accessible and enjoyable. This album will especially appeal to those looking to discover or "get into" operatic music.
Officially, this album would classify as a classical crossover album. The broad appeal is certainly evident from the mix of lighter opera arias and lessor known Italian songs that are featured. I find his voice to be rich and passionate, without becoming shrill and irritating, which sometimes happens with tenor voices. With his looks, voice and charisma, it is easy to see why audiences are falling in love with Vittorio Grigolo. Leave a comment below and share, if you agree.....as always, happy listening.
Title track "Arrivederci Roma":
Below is a link to an interview with Gayle King. There is a particularly funny moment at 7:33 when a hefty Gayle proceeds to sit on Vittorio's lap while he is singing. The fact that he doesn't miss a beat is testament to his professionalism, even in stressful situations.
Vittorio accepting his well deserved applause after his La Traviata performance.
Links to the album: