What’s next on Marcello’s calendar

Next on the calendar: Tosca in Cincinnati

Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s third opera and his first great success. The story is based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. The first performance of Manon Lescaut took place in the Teatro Regio in Turin 1893, and the opera was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1907 in the presence of the composer, with soprano Lina Cavalieri in the title role and Enrico Caruso as des Grieux. The current cast at the Wiener Staatsoper is no less brilliant. Of Marcello Giordani at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 the critic of the Financial Time wrote “Marcello Giordani [was] a golden-age Des Grieux, handsome and urgent in demeanour, suave in passages of introspection, glorious in outbursts of passion.” Of Netrebko’s debut as Manon at the Teatro dell’Opera of Rome, Opera News declared: “Netrebko sang and acted with an ease and sincerity that could not but conquer the audience”. It’s interesting to note that many critics have found echos of Tristan throughout Manon Lescaut, and that Puccini’s music in Manon Lescaut owes a debt to Tristan.

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Jun 2

Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the Wiener Staatsoper

On June 20, 2016, Marcello Giordani will appear on the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper to reprise a role that he has performed in some of the major opera houses of the world: the Chevalier Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. From his debut in the role in 2000, in Zürich, to his performance at the Metropolitan in January 2008, e more recently in the Teatro Municipal of Sao Paulo in Brazil, his interpretation of the role has been acclaimed by audiences and critics. Of his performance as Manon’s lover at the Metropolitan, the critic of the New York Times wrote: “Here was the real thing, an Italian tenor who sang with ringing power and sweeping fervor.” Sharing the stage with Giordani will be renowned soprano Anna Netrebko in the role of the protagonist, and baritone David Pershall as Lescaut.

as Des Grieux with Karita Mattila as Manon in "Manon Lescaut", Metropolitan Opera, 2008
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Dec 30

“Manon Lescaut” at Staatsoper Hamburg

In December 2015, Marcello will return to the Staatsoper Hamburg to reprise a role that he has performed in most of the major opera houses of the world: Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. From his debut in the role in 2000, in Zürich, to his performance at the Metropolitan in January 2008, e more recently in the Teatro Municipal of Sao Paulo in Brazil, he has been acclaimed by audiences and critics.   Of his performance as Manon’s lover at the Metropolitan, the critic of the New York Times wrote: “Here was the real thing, an Italian tenor who sang with ringing power and sweeping fervor.” On the stage of the Staatsoper he will be joined by soprano Amarilli Nizza as Manon, baritone Kartal Karagadik as Lescaut, and bass Tigran Martirossian as Geronte.

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Oct 20

“Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera

On November 6,  2015, Marcello returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing one of his signature roles, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. He sang Cavaradossi at the Met in previous seasons, and has appeared in the role in all of the major opera houses the world over, including Japan and China. Of his performance at the Met in 2013, the critic of the New York Times praised his “powerful bright top notes and an ardent, expressive style…” His performance at the Royal Opera House in 2011, was unanimously acclaimed by the press: “Cavaradossi was a triumph”, wrote Classical Source, [His voice] is a force-of-nature that makes Cavaradossi heroic.” In this production of Puccini’s masterpiece by Luc Bondy, Marcello will star opposite two acclaimed sopranos who share the role of Tosca: Maria Guleghina (Nov. 6, 11) and Oksana Dika (Nov.14, 18, 21).

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Cavalleria Rusticana, 2013

Marcello Giordani, in good vocal form, brings to the stage a Turriddu somewhat rough around the edges, who... does not spare decibels, even to the detriment of a deeper interpretation of the character, but the outcome proves to be extremely effective.
(Translated from French)

- Forum Opera - April 13, 2012