Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 40° Cloudy
News >  Nation

Royal Opera, The Met removes tenor Vittorio Grigolo

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Vittorio Grigolo, far right, was fired Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2019, from the Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York for inappropriate behavior. In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2016, Grigolo, Sting, left, and  Trudie Styler attend “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the 2016 Revlon Holiday Concert for the Rainforest Fund Gala at the Essex House on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in New York. (Michael Zorn / Invision/Associated Press)
Vittorio Grigolo, far right, was fired Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2019, from the Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York for inappropriate behavior. In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2016, Grigolo, Sting, left, and Trudie Styler attend “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the 2016 Revlon Holiday Concert for the Rainforest Fund Gala at the Essex House on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in New York. (Michael Zorn / Invision/Associated Press)
Associated Press

NEW YORK – The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call.

A spokesperson for the Royal Opera said in a statement released Thursday that their investigation found his behavior “fell below the standards we expect of our staff and performers.”

A statement from The Met said he would also not be performing there this season, following the Royal Opera’s investigation.

The investigation started in September after a Sept. 18 incident when he sang the title role in Gounod’s “Faust“ on tour in Tokyo. Details on what transpired were not included in either opera company’s statement.

The statement said Grigolo would not return to perform in “Lucia Di Lammermoor“ at the Royal Opera House in 2020, and new casting for the role would be announced later.

Grigolo did not respond to an email sent by The AP for response.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.