Aida – San Francisco Opera – September 2010

After the prelude, the opera’s most famous hit tune, “Celeste Aida” (Radiant Aida) arrives quickly and Giordani dispatches it with aplomb, giving the final high B-flat a enough polish to be convincing in the mastery of it. In lesser hands than Giordano’s, it often spells real trouble for the singers. Giordano is a large man and gives heft to the scene in which he is named to lead the army to conquer the invading Ethiopians. He looks the part, definitely, a sort of latter-day Victor Mature.
– Richard Bammer, The Reporter – September 14, 2010

Giordani’s tenor is a searing lirico spinto, delivered with tremendous power and an almost uncontainable energy. I found myself cursing Verdi for not giving Radames more set pieces.
– Michael Vaughn, The Opera Critic, September 16, 2010

His clarion tone cut through the massed ensembles of Act 2, and he sang with dramatic frisson and consistently rich, heroic tone. The Sicilian tenor is also one of our finest actors and his ease on stage and natural reactions made a believable tragic figure in an opera that can have a stiff, pageant-like quality.
– Lawrence A. Johnson, The Classical Review, September 25, 2010

Marcello Giordani gave his Radames a bright tone, and the puissance of his timbre was often overwhelming and suited to the impetuous Egyptian leader… He did offer wonderful moments of intense drama, giving his best during the recitativi.
– Marina Romani, Musical Criticism.com – September 20, 2010

…with his open powerful sound [Marcello Giordani] was more thrilling than any other Pollione of the past years. (Translated from the German)
– Robert Braunmüller, Abendzeitung, August 10, 2010

Sep 10, 2010