Vittorio Grigolo received ovations for his La Scala performance as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore yesterday.
Afterwards he said: ‘There will always be gossip and words designed to sell more copies of a newspaper. After 20 years of intensive work and sacrifice, the audience at La Scala … let me know that I am loved for who I am – that is, exuberant in taking the applause… energetic. I hugged some members of the chorus this evening, so I hope I won’t be having any more problems.’
Grigolo was sent home by Covent Garden and sacked by the Met after an alleged incident with a chorus member.