Death of a splendid Italian tenor, 85

Death of a splendid Italian tenor, 85


norman lebrecht

October 04, 2019

The death is reported of Umberto Grilli, an Italian tenor who often deputised for Pavarotti and enjoyed an international career.

In retirement he founded the Pediconi-Grilli singing competition.


  • John Rawnsley says:

    Oh, dear, dear Umberto …he was Il Duca when I sang Rigoletto at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste in 1986…. He was a fine singer and a lovely man and a dear friend… He also sang at Glyndebourne in the 1960s where my wife Nuala Willis first met him ….