The Italian Cultural Institute in Prague organized a recital by tenor Vittorio Grigolo at the famous Rudolfinum Cultural Centre. Accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scalera, he performed a fine selection of arias from operas by Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, and Offenbach. The concert was organised by the Nachtigall Artists company with the support of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague, and was sponsored by the Italian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mauro Marsili.
Grigolo began his artistic career at the age of nine as a soloist in the choir of the Sistine Chapel. Four years later, he made his debut at the Rome Opera Theatre alongside Luciano Pavarotti in the role of the shepherd in Puccini’s Tosca, earning the nickname “Pavarottino”. However, it was in 2010 that Vittorio Grigolo reached the top of the opera world with his triumphant debut at London’s Covent Garden as Chevalier Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon. Only four months later he made his equally successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème. Today he is considered one of the best tenors of his generation.