A tenor for the ages? It's too soon to tell. But this must be one of the most extraordinary operatic debut albums in a very long time (he had recorded previously just a nice but sugary easy listening record with kind of pop tunes). The test for any tenor of course is the opera house, but if Grigolo sounds half as well live as he does here, we have reasons for celebration. He was quite good in the live telecast of Rigoletto from Mantua, where he sung the Duke opposite the jester of Plácido Domingo, but he is superb here in his scene from the third act of that opera, managing to sound tender and forceful, with the contrasting impulses of love and lust wisely balanced. He has chosen for this disc mainly very well known arias from the Italian repertoire, but makes them sound fresh and almost new. This is particularly true of the aria from Luisa Miller (sung most of the time with a beguiling mezzavoce in an unusual interpretation that just sounds right), but equally personal and impressive are his renderings of warhorses such as Che gelida manina (radiant with the excitement of first sight love), Una furtiva lagrima (sung beautifully straightforward as a sight of the soul) or the emotional but restrained (no hint of the usual self pity) farewell to life of Cavaradossi. The arias and cabalettas from Il Corsaro and Trovatore are both tender and heroic respectively. The less known arias from Gianni Schicchi and Le Villi in his ringing tone are quite a revelation. A full lyric tenor, in all the tracks the fiato, the shading and the phrasing show a good technique, while the voice is young and beautiful. But it is the unique artistry behind it what sets Grigolo apart. A singer to watch.