The intimate, sold out event featured the amazing Grigòlo, bad boy of opera, displaying his tattoos and muscular physique in his signature black T-shirt. Much loved by the Broad patrons, Grigòlo entered the stage to much applause, forcing Maestro Boemi to restart his first song.
The stunning soprano Carmen Giannattasio, who was a student with Grigòlo at Teatro alla Scala, made her first appearance at the Broad. Giannattasio’s performance was world class and a new opera star was introduced to the Los Angeles audience. Incidentally, both Grigòlo and Giannattasio will make their debuts in Tosca this year, with different opera companies.
The pair sang much loved songs from Tosca, Carmen, La Traviata and Werther. A performance highlight was a tribute to West Side Story, with emotional performances from the Bernstein classic, including “Somewhere,” “Maria” and “Tonight.”
Born in Arezzo, Italy, Vittorio Grigòlo began his vocal career 25 years ago as a soloist in the Sistine Chapel Choir and at 37, is considered one of the finest tenors of his generation. He has performed principal tenor roles in the world’s most prestigious opera houses and his exceptional vocal and dramatic talents have been widely praised since his 2010 debut at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Chevalier des Grieux.
Grigòlo’s repertoire includes the leading roles from Italian and French opera, including La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Manon, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He performs around the world under the batons of Chailly, Mehta, Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Dudamel, Pappano and Maazel.
With a gold and platinum-selling debut album, a Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein’s West Side Story and his albums with Sony Classical “The Italian Tenor,” which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart, “Arrivederci” (2011), “Ave Maria” (2013) and “The Romantic Hero” (2014), the handsome tenor is quickly becoming one of most successful opera recording artists of his time.
Hailed by the Telegraph as “the most talented of the younger Italian sopranos”, Carmen Giannattasio has blazed a trail across stages the world over. Her unique talent has been in demand worldwide since her career was launched by taking First Prize and the Audience Award at Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Paris in 2002. Her lustrous soprano voice and her dramatic ability gained her immediate critical attention and a reputation as a chameleon, able to adapt her tune and skin to the different heroines she embodies. It was her performance as Violetta in 2007 at Scottish Opera in La Traviata which catapulted her into the international limelight.
She recently has sung at Vatican’s Sala Nervi in a special concert broadcasted worldwide by RAI Television in the presence of his Holiness Pope Francesco.
Her next engagements for 2016/2017 season are a new David McVicar’s production of Falstaff conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Boheme at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, a new production of Falstaff at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Mehta, Verdi’s Requiem at Maggio Fiorentino in Florence conducted by M.W. Chung, La Traviata at Metropolitan in New York, and Pagliacci in Dresden and at ROH in London, conducted by D. Oren.
The performance at The Broad Stage was made possible by a generous gift from Lloyd E. Rigler — Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.
photo credit: Ben Gibbs