Vittorio Grigolo returned to the stage to standing ovations at the Teatro alla Scala.
After having been suspended from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera for allegedly groping a chorus member during a curtain call in Japan, the tenor returned to the stage with audiences cheering him on.
Following the presentation the tenor told the press, “Love always prevails. There will always be gossiping, and words designed to sell more copies of a newspaper. After 20 years of intensive work and sacrifice, the audience at La Scala appreciated that and 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 [during the curtain call] this evening, so I hope I won’t be having any more problems.”
He added, “Irony, euphoria, enthusiasm… think that we’re full of adrenaline, after a show like this, there’s adrenaline like an athlete has after running 100 meters, or a gladiator on entering the arena.”
The Royal Opera is currently investigating the allegations and still has Grigolo scheduled for “Lucia di Lammermoor” this summer per the company’s website. The Metropolitan Opera meanwhile has canceled all his future contracts pending the investigation and Grigolo will no longer sing in the upcoming revival of “La Traviata.”