The Italian tenor, sent home from the Covent Garden tour of Japan after being accused of groping a chorus singer, is presently rehearsing at La Scala for next week’s L’elisir d’amore.
Fired by the ROH and the Met, he has has just issued the following statement:
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Thanks Japan for all your support!!! It was special to come back and feel how warm all of you are. Tokyo has a really special place in my heart ❣ Thanks to all the wonderful cast and all the colleagues, chorus, dancers and orchestra of the Royal Opera House. A special thanks to Nbs, Nikkei and all the institutions that made this possible. See you soon!!! @royaloperahouse @ildebrandodarcangelo @rachelwillissorensen #love #passion #desire #happy #fun #emozioni #operawillneverdie #neverforgetwhoyouare❤️
In other comments, Grigolo said all he did was touch the false pregnant belly of a chorus singer, who can be seen behind him in this curtain call.
He says he offered to apologise afterwards but ‘they took me away, put me on a plane and sent me home like a killer. I am calm about the situation and I await their decision.’