Carmen – Metropolitan Opera – November 2005

Giordani is one of the few tenors who can carry off Don Jose in the huge Met auditorium, able to sustain high notes that ring. His acting was somewhat stiff at the start but grew stronger during the performance. His “Flower Song” was touching, and he saved his best for the final act confrontation with Carmen.
– Ronald Blum, Associated Press – November 20, 2005

… Marcello Giordani [gave]a harrowing account of Don José’s degradation and lethal rage. Giordani portrayed José as a prig undone by his appetites, and his best singing combined vigor and a supple sense of line in ideal proportion. I have never seen José’s final encounter with Carmen more wrenchingly played.
– Marion Lignana Rosenberg, Newsday.com – November 23, 2005

[Giordani’s]performance Saturday afternoon was nothing short of electrifying and his voice was nothing short of awe-inspiring. This tenor belted out his Don Josè with the kind of power and depth of understanding of his character’s personality that grabbed the audience and held on and never let go. He has the kind of tenor voice that fills a hall without ever sounding like he is pushing or screaming at the audience, and at the same time he can control his voice to reach inside and draw out the most senditive libretto and sing it with conviction and infectious emotionalism in the most tender of ways as he did when confronted with the loss of Carmen in the final act.
– Paul Joseph Walkowski, OperaOnline.US – November 26, 2005

Nov 19, 2005