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Vittorio Grigolo: Replacing Pavarotti?

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo has a true, gleaming Italian sound. Sony Classical hide caption

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Tenor Vittorio Grigolo has a true, gleaming Italian sound.

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Say what you will about the late Luciano Pavarotti — the hefty frame, the lip-synching fiasco, the Yes Giorgio movie — but people the world over loved the pure Italian sunshine in his voice.

There's a new tenor on the block that has quite a bit of that Pavarotti "ping." His name is Vittorio Grigolo, and he possesses a true, gleaming, Italian sound. It's incredibly exciting. And, if he guards his vocal resources carefully, he may just be our next super tenor.

This week, we're featuring Grigolo's new album The Italian Tenor in our "First Listen" series. Listen to it here in it's entirety before it hits the stores on Oct. 5.