Cheryl North Interviews Marcello Giordani

Cheryl North | NorthWorks

What do you think of when you hear the words “Italian tenor?”

Whatever first comes to mind probably won’t fit Marcello Giordani. The young 37-year-old tenor is currently in the Bay Area rehearsing for his upcoming role in the first opera of the San Francisco Opera’s 2000-2001 season, Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” with Patricia Racette, Elena Zaremba, and Paolo Gavanelli, scheduled for performances on Sept. 9, 13, 17, 19, 22, 28, and Oct. 1. Most local opera aficionados will remember him as the exceptionally fine Fernando in last season’s production of Donizetti’s “La Favorite” and previous local leads in”La Traviata” with Carol Vaness; in “Lucia” with Ruth Ann Swenson; and “La Boheme” with Patricia Racette.

Yes, he is Italian — Sicilian, in fact. But he’s neither short, chubby, nor convinced he’s God’s gift to music or womankind. Rather, he’s surprisingly modest and intent on improving both his voice and his art and he’s been a devoted husband to the love of his life, Wilma, for the past 10 years. He’s also a tireless supporter of aspiring opera talent and has recently established the Michele Guagliardo Fellowship, named to honor his late father, at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

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Aug 25, 2000