La Fanciulla del West – Lyric Opera of Chicago – January 2011

“It was almost surreal to see Giordani as the quintessential Italian tenor embody this bandito in California, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. His voice was clear and effortless, and his long high note in the second act felt almost weightless.”
– Evan Kuchar, Chicago Now – February 5, 2011

“When Marcello Giordani made his entrance as Ramerrez, he immediately commanded attention with his stage presence and powerful voice. Sometimes his volume was out of balance, which could be attributed to the blocking, but this is a role he does well.”
– James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International – January 22, 2011

“His assets included the right physique du rôle — he’s tall and handsome — along with a hefty, Italianate tenor boasting a clarion top. His passionately sung ‘Ch’ella mi creda’, the closest thing to a bona fide tenor aria in this opera, earned its big ovation.”
– John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune – January 23, 2011

“Marcello Giordani… remains in supreme vocal estate. The Sicilian tenor’s big, Italianate voice seems tailor-made for Minnie’s reprobate lover Ramerrez…. his clarion top C’s were as powerful as they were seemingly effortless, ringing through the vast house. Giordani’s impassioned yet tender Ch’ella mi creda was the highlight of the evening, and dramatically, Giordani did all that was required while underplaying the role of the guilt-stricken bandit effectively.”
– Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review – Jan 23, 2011

Jan 22, 2011