Breaking: Royal Opera suspends Grigolo for alleged groping

The Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo is being investigated by Covent Garden for an incident in which he appeared to have manhandled a female chorus member while on stage in a Tokyo performance of Gounod’s Faust.

The ROH said: ‘Following an alleged incident on September 18 involving Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, the Royal Opera House opened an immediate investigation and Mr Grigolo was suspended.

‘We are unable to comment further on this matter whilst this investigation is ongoing.’

Grigolo’s people are not saying anything either. Not even ‘whilst’, which is Covent Garden-speak for ‘between gritted teeth’.

He was replaced for the final tour performance by Georgy Vasiliev.

The Italian tenor, 42, has a huge reputation at the Met, but a lower profile at Covent Garden.

More details as they come through.


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  • I don’t know anything about these allegations, but to suggest he has no history with the ROH is incorrect. He made his debut there in 2010, and has returned to sing 7 other roles, appearing in pretty much every season since his debut.

    That’s a fairly substantial relationship by any reckoning.

      • As he has sung 7 roles at the Met and 8 at Covent Garden, having made his debut at both in 2010, I would suggest his profile is similar at both houses. Indeed, his profile at the Met was relatively low key until he replaced Kaufmann in Tosca in 2017, and ‘saved’ the performances.

    • congratulations for defaming tenors everywhere! what does this say about your view of men though perhaps this just reveals your character and behaviour. wow!

      • You are obviously an audience member and have no idea what it is like for artists in this world. He was notorious I witnessed it myself. Just because he sings nice doesn’t give him liberty to grope a dancers bum. You’re part of the problem.

        • Please!!! I had this happen to me lots when I was young and I just stared and said “don’t touch the merchandise”. I didn’t need institutions or the state to be my lifelong nanny. Get a life!!!!!!!! Sexual predators exist; get over it.

    • This is how.

      “If Grigolo didn’t grope me, then it never happened to anyone. If Grigolo didn’t grope at the Met, then it never happened anywhere.”

      Remember, Grigolo is of the male gender therefore one can cut the air with the transparent double standard.

  • A prominent tenor named Grigolo
    Behaved like an ill-mannered pig-olo.
    And he laughed: “I don’t fear
    If it kills my career;
    I can always get gigs as a gigolo!”

    • A baritone (tenor?), Domingo
      Was told he could no longer sing-o.
      He said, “Had to come;
      I’ll take up the drum
      And follow the footsteps of Ringo.”

    • Your limerick is impressive!!

      Now can we have one about the new age of Puritanism when women who cannot stand up for themselves and demand to belong in the military?

    • He certainly behaved like a gigolo in his Rio de Janeiro concert this July. Absolutely embarrassing, specially as he sang very poorly, to say the least.

  • What say you, folks

    Maybe we should just call it a day?
    Forget that there was ever something called Opera.

    Instead, small
    of people could perform Singspiel, during daylight, in open spaces, separated by barbed-wire fence.

    • So without sexual harassment and abuse there would be no opera? Is that what you are saying? Shall we also shut down the film industry, theater, pop music, schools and universities, the military, NGOs, banking or any other setting where sexual abuse happens?

      The other option, of course, would be for the men who perpetrate this abuse to keep their hands to themselves and stop assaulting other people. But I suspect that would upset all you sexual abuse apologists out there.

      • Yepp, shut down.

        Better safe than sorry. Stay in your house. Lock the doors.

        Or grow a thicker skin. Learn self-defence. Stand up for each other and walk out chin up.

        – – –

        Actual criminal abuse, assault, rape etc. is a matter for the police. Go there immediately. Vital evidence like blood, semen, DNA found on your body diminish by the hour.

        • Moral panic, the culture of fear, reputational destruction, tittle-tatting and (identity group) shaming; all the new world order thanks to the Left. The only thing missing is the uniforms, but that will come. (In short, all the things the Left accused the Right of doing for decades!!! Turns out these there just their own projections.

  • “We are unable to comment further…”

    Not to worry, no shortage of people happy to fill the void before some actual facts emerge.

  • Amazing contrast. Grigolo: 1 grope and you’re out. PD: lifetime of wolfish behavior, “let’s have an independent investigation.” The difference? Power and money, the way of the world.

    • The difference is that Grigolo (and also Gatti) committed their offences in Britain/Holland. Management believed the claims were credible; suspended the alleged culprit while they conducted their investigation; and then fired him when their investigations confirmed the claims. These claims were about specific incidents at their organisation.

      In the US, the management “looked the other way” because they wanted the income the star brought since they rely on donors. Then panicked when the press got hold of the story, worried their donors would withdraw their money.

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