Italian Tenor Vittorio Grigolo to Perform Solo Recital on the Met Stage, 3/9

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who has earned praise for his elegant and expressive vocalism in performances at the Met and other opera houses around the world, will perform a solo recital on the Met stage on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. He will be joined by pianist Vincent Scalera for the recital, which will feature songs and arias by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Tosti, Leoncavallo, Gastaldon, De Curtis, and D'Annibale. A complete listing of the program appears below.

Grigolo made an acclaimed Met debut in 2010 as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, with The New York Times praising him as "handsome, energetic, exuding charisma and blessed with a vibrant voice." He returned to the company last season to sing the Duke of Mantua in the new production of Verdi's Rigoletto, and in 2015, he will add two new roles to his Met repertory: the Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's Manon and the title character in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann. He has sung leading roles at many of the world's major opera companies, including La Scala, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Bavarian and Vienna State Operas, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Zurich Opera.

The recital program will include Bellini's songs "Dolente immagine di Fille mia," "Vanne, o rosa fortunata," "Malinconia, ninfa gentile," and "Per pieta, bell'idol mio"; Rossini's song "La danza," from the collection Soirées Musicales; the arias "Inosservato, penetrava...Angelo casto e bel," from Donizetti's Il Duca d'Alba and "Ah sì, ben dite...Tutto parea sorridere" from Verdi's Il Corsaro; Tosti's songs "Chanson de l'adieu," "Pour un baiser," "Ideale," "A vucchella," and "L'ultima canzone"; Gastaldon's "Musica proibita"; Leoncavallo's "Mattinata"; De Curtis's "Ti voglio tanto bene"; and D'Annibale's "O paese d' 'o sole."

Tickets to the recital range from $25 to $175 and are available by phone at (212) 362-6000 or online at

On March 19, Grigolo returns to the Met to reprise his Rodolfo in a series of La Bohème performances that includes a worldwideLive in HD transmission on Saturday, April 5. The cast, conducted by Stefano Ranzani, will include Romanian soprano Anita Hartig (in her Met debut) and Barbara Frittoli as Mimì; Jennifer Rowley (in her Met debut) and Susanna Phillips as Musetta; Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello; Patrick Carfizzi as Schaunard; Nicolas Testé (in his Met debut) and Oren Gradus as Colline; and Philip Cokorinos and Donald Maxwell as Benoit/Alcindoro. For schedule and further details, please visit

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by Peter Danish