Metropolitan Opera Suspends Vittorio Grigolo

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Catherine Ashmore)

Vittorio Grigolo has been suspended from the Metropolitan Opera.

The company announced in a statement that Grigolo was suspended from all future engagements.

The Met Opera stated, “Following the alleged incident reported by the Royal Opera House concerning Vittorio Grigolo, the Met will be suspending him with immediate effect from all future performances, pending the outcome of the ROH investigation.”

The company’s actions come after the Royal Opera House suspended the Italian tenor for groping a chorus member at the curtain call during the company’s Japan tour. The Royal Opera House opened up an investigation into the matter on Tuesday Sept. 24 stating, “following an alleged incident on September 18 involving Vittorio Grigolo, the Royal Opera House opened an immediate investigation and Mr. Grigolo was suspended.”

Grigolo was scheduled to perform Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera alongside Lisette Oropesa in February and March. The Metropolitan Opera has yet to announce a replacement yet.

The tenor is still scheduled for performances at the Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Berlin State Opera.