The Met pretties up Grigolo’s absence

The Met pretties up Grigolo’s absence


norman lebrecht

December 13, 2019

The Met has replaced Vittorio Grigolo in January’s La traviata.

Step us Piero Pretti.

Yeah, we too.

He’s a Sardinian from La Scala.


  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Grigolo is a very replaceable tenor. What a loss to music world it would have been if Domingo faced those allegations at his peak.

    • Peter Podol says:

      As I posted, I don’t know what you are basing your comment on. There is simply nobody else close to him in his repertoire. Kaufman is the only other tenor around who compares and their roles and strengths are quite different. From the moment I heard his first album I was thrilled to finally hear a truly beautiful Italian sound and having seen him numerous times at the Met he has never disappoint plus he is superb on stage. Yes, his personality is a bit over the top which probably explains the “incident”; but when he sings the way he does, so what!Peter Podol

  • Karl says:

    Is anyone demanding their money back? That is the real test of wokeness. Can you get woke without going broke?

  • david hilton says:

    Pretti was the Don Carlo two weeks ago at La Fenice’s opening night offering of Robert Carsen’s new(ish) production. Spotti was also in the cast.

    Jokes aside, Pretti was an excellent Don Carlo; elegant and also powerful when required. He definitely has a big career ahead of him.

  • Peter Podol says:

    I can only hope the Met will bring Grigio back after this season. From what I have read, what he did was not that terrible compared to Domingo and many others and he has apologized. He is by far the finest Italian tenor singing today and is also a wonderful actor. He is simply irreplaceable. I base my comment on 60 year attending the Met, teaching opera courses for many years and listening to zillions of live and recorded performances of opera. Peter Podol

  • fflambeau says:

    He’s sung at the Met before (this past October as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly).

    I’m not sure you can say he’s “from LaScala” as he has also sung with Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna the Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Teatro la Fenice. Actually, he’s sung in most major opera houses including in Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Ravenna, Naples, Edinbugh, and Vienna. He’s an international opera star with 98 roles listed at Operabase.

  • vierich says:

    grigolo seems to be a copy of pavarotti.
    he sings very good, but after the performances he acts like a clown.