La Gioconda – Carnegie Hall – April 2004

The most authentic ingredient of this La Gioconda was the gloriously sung Enzo of Marcello Giordani, an Italian tenor who truly conjures up the past with his liquid tone, shapely phrasing, easy control of dynamics, and gleaming top notes—I didn’t miss Franco Corelli, Carlo Bergonzi, or Giuseppe Di Stefano, even for a second.
– Peter Davis – New York Magazine, May 10, 2004

[Mr. Giordani] delivered a sensational “Cielo e mar.” The sound was bright, exciting and involved; the aria was paced with a showman’s sense of drama; and Mr. Giordani maintained this level for the rest of the evening, showing again, as he did in Opera Orchestra’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” two years ago, that he has the goods to be a truly major figure in the opera world.
– Anne Midgette – The New York Times, April 24, 2004

The crowd reserved its earthquake eruption, however, for the “Cielo e mar!” of Marcello Giordani, singing gamely over indisposition to create a commanding presence as Enzo. With his voice sounding little the worse for a cold, the tenor focused a ringing tone but also managed some controlled soft singing, with a nice diminuendo on “Vi conquide, o sogni d’or!” His words as well as his musical phrases all meant something, and he got into the spirit by pulling a dagger on Gioconda just before Laura’s voice indicated she was still alive.
– John W. Freeman – Opera News Online, July 2004

Marcello Giordani [sang] with astonishing finesse, sensuality and sweep. Even with a cold, he sustained reassuring elegance and eloquence.
– Martin Bernheimer – Opera, July 2004

It was announced before the start of the opera that tenor Marcello Giordani was suffering from the end of a cold; if so, he should keep it: he sounded magnificent. … his voice ringing out brightly, clearly and with great virility from top to bottom.
– Robert Levine – Classics

Apr 12, 2004