Grigolo: I just hugged a chorus member

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.

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  • It doesn’t matter. The next victim has been lined up. Stay in Europe and away from the UK and the USA. Whether you’re a murderer or a jaywalker you’ll get the same treatment.

  • He still doesn’t get it. ‘Not everybody loves you, not everybody wants to be hugged by you.’ Why is that so hard to understand?

    • People could just tell him that they don’t like physical contact and if he doesn’t respect that then it’s harassment. He can’t be expected to read people’s minds.

      • The simplest approach is to *assume* people do not like physical contact unless and until intimated otherwise. Why should the onus be upon people who dislike physical contact to tell everybody *in advance*?

        Greeting protocol is very simple: extend your right hand in front of you towards the person whom you are greeting, and wait for him/her to either shake hands or indicate that he/she would rather not.

  • Vittorio Grigolo he is my favorite tenor and one the best, from the first time I saw him on P B S I liked him so much and I still love him for is personality and most of all for his beautiful voice.

  • I won’t necessarily say “sacked by the Met”. He has been suspended for sure, and his name removed from the “La Traviata” performances. However, the artist for Alfredo remains “TBA”, and Peter Gelb’s words are “not welcome unless ROH clears his name” which is not definitive yet.

    Accuracy, accuracy.

    • He’s a big star so the consent could be coerced. Famous people shouldn’t be allowed to touch anyone other than other equally famous people.

    • He didn’t get sacked by the ROH for hugging a chorus member. There was an investigation and the disciplinary procedure found that he sexually assaulted the chorus member.

    • Are these anonymous mothers? I demand their names!!! (By the way, there is no such thing as a “Girl Power” movement in the states. I think women there prefer to be called “women”.)

      • They most certainly not anonymous mothers. The Anglo Saxon hatred
        For men for feminists is vile. They can’t imagine a man is sexy and brilliant. It doesn’t even come up. We must be sexy and stupid
        . This is the problem with ‘Girl Power.

    • Female misogynists and rape apologists! They have formed groups called FACE (Families Advocating for Campus Equality), and Save Our Sons to combat unfair policies that discriminate against men on college campuses. How dare they!

    • I can’t believe it either. Yet am sure there are plenty of lawyers raking in tons of money. If I were Grigolo, I’d demand that there be at least three of my attorneys onstage as supernumeraries, whether required by the production or not, and around me off stage at all times, so as to be able to nip any potential accusations in the butt (Oops! I shouldn’t have said that!).

      Enter the US at your own risk. This pertains to any and all travelers, not only performing artists or Muslims.

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