Tosca – Royal Opera House – July 2009

“[Marcello Giordani] interacted beautifully as Tosca’s lover, yielding to her but also knowing how to handle her when he had to free himself to deal with the political matters on his mind. His defiant Voltaireian of Act II was exciting, and in Act III, as the condemned man who has never loved life so much, he was deeply moving. Giordani has been seen infrequently at the Royal Opera since his debut in 1995 which is a shame, because tenors of his caliber are few and far between. He has a robust voice with easy, thrilling top notes, but he was also capable of some beautiful pianissimo phrases in Act III, making for a complete and satisfying performance of this great tenor role.
– John Woods, Musical Criticism.com – July 12, 2009

“Marcello Giordani is a strong, sensitive Cavaradossi… His cry of Vittoria! in Act Two may hurt the eardrums, but later on his famous starlight aria, E lucevan le stelle , is powerful and true.”
– Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage – July 2009

“Marcello Giordani, a sadly infrequent guest here in London, is the Met’s tenor of choice, and it’s easy to hear why — this is a powerful, juicy, ringing voice but it is much more bel canto in style than the usual bulldog can belto in this role, and for once you could actually imagine this aristo turned Voltairean as a painter. He and Gheorgiou seemed to have a natural chemistry, the often stagy love scenes actually convincing, and he passed what to my mind is the true test of a great Cavaradossi, with a tender, finely phrased account of ‘O dolci mani.’”
– Melanie Eskenazi, Opera Today – July 11, 2009

It was left for Marcello Giordani as Cavaradossi to inject a sense of passion to the production. This he does with a performance of romantic ardour throughout and a series of thrilling top notes in Act 2. For me, his performance was the highlight of the evening.
– Christian Hoskins, MusicOMH – July 2009

Jul 10, 2009