Tenor Vittorio Grigolo suspended by the Royal Opera House, following a groping incident

Written by on September 26, 2019

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo is currently suspended by the Royal Opera House, following an incident that took place on a Japan tour. The incident and subsequent investigation are said to warrant his suspension.

The Italian singer is being investigated for allegedly groping a colleague while onstage, in front of the audience. Said incident took place during the curtain call at the end of his performance. 

On its statement, the Royal Opera House did not expound on these allegations. “Following an alleged incident on September 18 involving Vittorio Grigolo, the Royal Opera House opened an immediate investigation and Mr. Grigolo was suspended,” its statement read. 

“We are unable to comment further on this matter whilst the investigation is ongoing,” the Opera House’s statement further read. 

Details as to what happened might come out in the next days, but at present, everyone seems to be trying to stay quiet about it. BBC News asked Grigolo’s representatives for comment but still did not get anything. 

It can be remembered that Grigolo’s most recent project was the title character in Charles Francois Gounod’s Faust, performed back on September 18 in Tokyo. The said incident is said to be linked to this show but no clear information has yet been released.

As of Sunday, when the final performance was shown in Yokohama, Grigolo was already replaced by Russian tenor Georgy Vasiliev. According to the opera house, the 42-year-old was “indisposed” as well as “withdrawn.” 

Grigolo became famous in 2008 when the West Side Story album he was featured on was given a normation for a Grammy Award. Two years later, he made his debut at the Royal Opera and since then, participated in various London venue’s productions. He is notable for his roles an performance in La Traviata, Rigoletto, as well as La Boheme.

Because of this incident, his past confession to Vanity Fair that he is a sex addict is once more brought to light.

Grigolo attributed his addiction to the need of love and one night stands. He reportedly was just making a joke about this, but now everyone cannot help but think there’s some truth into it. 

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