Italian tenor sings great while hamming it up

Jul 27, 2015 810

Vocal recitals are not exactly a staple at the Aspen Music Festival, but it was a fine idea to line up the vivid and irrepressible Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo when he was available to sing a recital in the Benedict Music Tent on Thursday evening.

Grigòlo displayed a gorgeous lyric tenor voice, magnificent control of dynamics, from loud to soft to loud again, in total control. Even at Apen's 7,900-foot elevation, his breath control was impressive. Energetic and charming, he sometimes laid it on a bit thick, roaming the stage, cutting up, occasionally breaking into dance or a Charlie Chaplin open-toed waddle.

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