The Marcello Giordani Story

Marcello Giordani, tenor

Hailed as an extraordinarily versatile artist, Marcello Giordani has a repertory which encompasses a wide and diverse range of roles, spanning from the Bel Canto operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini and the lyricism of the French operatic repertoire, to the more dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini and Berlioz and, most recently, the popular Verismo operas of Mascagni and Leoncavallo. Mr. Giordani has established an extraordinary international career, performing regularly on the world’s most prestigious concert and opera stages.

Giordani will close the current calendar year as Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore in December 2016, at the Lyric Theater of Cagliari, and will inaugurate the new year as Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania, followed by Tosca at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo. The month of April will find him on the stage of Opera Carolina in Charlotte, N.C. in the role of the bandit Ramerrez, alias Dick Johnson, a role in which he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in December 2010. Other future engagements are Puccini’s Le Villi, in concert, in Madrid; and Tosca in a Tour of the Teatro Massimo in Japan.

Born in Augusta, Sicily, in 1943, Marcello Giordani began his voice studies in 1983 in Catania, and then in Milan. In 1986, he won the singing competition of Spoleto, and that same year he made his professional debut as the Duke in Rigoletto at the Festival of Spoleto in Italy. His debut in the United States was in the role of Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Portland Opera during the 1988-89 season. He made his debut at Teatro alla Scala of Milan as Rodolfo in La Bohème in 1988, and at the Metropolitan of New York as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore in 1993.

Important milestones in Giordani’s career include his debut as Paolo il Bello in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini and his debut in Giancarlo del Monaco’s production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, broadcast live as part of the Metropolitan “Live in HD” series. He sang the tenor role of Gabriele Adorno in a revival of Giancarlo del Monaco’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra alongside Placido Domingo in the title role. He was Pinkerton in the company’s new production of Madama Butterflyby the late movie director Anthony Minghella. The following year saw his debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Ernani and as Enée in Berlioz’ Les Troyens, Earlier appearances include his performances in the title roles of the Met’s premiere of Bellini’s Il Pirata in 2002, and of Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini in 2003). His debut as Enzo in La Gioconda with OONY in 2004, where his interpretation of the aria “Cielo e mar” received a four-minute applause, and his performance as Arnold in OONY’s concert performance of Guillaume Tell, where the audience stopped the show following his execution of the cabaletta “Amis, amis secondez ma vengeance.”

Along his operatic career, Marcello Giordani has been active in the creation development, and organization of musical programs, such as master classes, seminars, and summer programs in the U.S and abroad, as well as provide encouragement, training opportunities, career assistance and financial support, including scholarships and awards, to promising and talented young singers. His “Musical Academy Marcello Giordani YAP (Young Artists Program)”, administer and organize events such as the annual
“Marcello Giordani International Singing Competition” which alternates between Italy and the U.S.

Marcello Giordani’s discography includes the first studio recording of Verdi’s Jérusalem by Philips; a recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra; a recent release of Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini registered live from the stage of the Metropolitan in 2003; and 3 solo recordings: Tenor Arias (Naxos); Sicilia Bella (VAI) a collection of songs of authors from his native Sicily; and Ti voglio tanto bene, a CD of Neapolitan and Italian songs dedicated to the great Italian tenors of the past.

On DVD, Giordani can be seen in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Madama Butterfly from the Arena di Verona (2004); La Bohème from the Opernhaus Zürich (2005); La Gioconda, from the Teatro Bellini of Catania (2006); La Forza del Destino by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (2007), and in five Metropolitan Opera productions broadcast live worldwide from the stage of the Metropolitan: Manon Lescaut (2008), Madama Butterfly (2009), Turandot (2009), Simon Boccanegra (2010), and La Fanciulla del West (2011).
He was also featured in two additional Met Opera productions broadcast live as part of the Met’s “live in HD” series: Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust, Verdi’s Ernani and Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini.

[Updated December 2017]