Vittorio Grigolo Suspended At Royal Opera House

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Alex D. James)

Vittorio Grigolo has been suspended by the Royal Opera House.

The company suspended the Italian tenor for an alleged groping during the Royal Opera’s Japan tour. The company stated, “following an alleged incident on September 18 involving Vittorio Grigolo, the Royal Opera House opened an immediate investigation and Mr. Grigolo was suspended.”

The Royal Opera has also stated that “we are unable to comment further on this matter whilst the investigation is ongoing.”

According to The Sun, the Italian tenor groped a chorus member during a curtain call in full view of the audience. “Members of the chorus implored him to stop and Grigolo vehemently argued with them,” the article noted.

According to BBC, the Royal Opera originally stated that Grigolo was indisposed and had withdrawn from the final performance of Gounod’s “Faust.”

Grigolo is expected to return to the Royal Opera in the summer for “Lucia di Lammermoor” and is scheduled for performances at the Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro all Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, and Opera de Paris this season.