On This Day: Marcelo Giordani’s Essential Recordings As the Tenor Turns 54

By David Salazar

For decades Marcello Giordani was a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera, taking on many of the classics of the operatic canon as well as some lesser known works. He made his debut in 1993 as Rodolfo in “La Bohème” and has gone on to sing over 200 performances.

The tenor, who is celebrating his 54th birthday on Jan. 25, also had an extensive discography that featured many DVD’s and CD’s. Here is a look at the recordings that showcase his bright Italiante sound.

1. Benvenuto Cellini – CD

Giordani may not be associated with Berlioz’s music, but he performed three of his operas throughout his career, including “La Damnation de Faust” in a production by Robert LePage at the Metropolitan Opera. The “Benvenutto Cellini” recording is perhaps his finest achievement, showcasing the tenor at the peak of his powers alongside James Levine, also at his finest. Of his performance, New York Times writer Anthony Tommasini stated that “Mr. Giordani, who looked suitably dashing in a long black wig, gave an honorable performance, singing with ardor and courageous high notes.”

2. La Bohème – DVD

One of Giordani’s signature roles in his early youth and the role of his Met debut, this particular performance shows the tenor in fine voice. He makes a fine match with Cristina Gallardo-Domas and their tender interaction is poignantly captured on camera. Giordani is starting to exit his prime, but he also shows musical maturity that is not as apparent in earlier performances.

3. Jerusalem – CD

Giordani spent a great deal of his career exploring many early Verdi roles, including Foresto “Atilla,” the title role in “Ernani” and Rodolfo in “Luisa Miller.” He also left behind a recording of “Jerusalem,” the French version of “I Lombardi.” This release showcases Giordani at his most vocally elegant, the youthfulness and energy required for singing Verdi’s music apparent throughout his performance.

4. La Fanciulla del West – DVD

It is Giordani’s last video production released and showcases Giordani at his most mature musically and dramatically. It was his first attempt at the role after taking on numerous other Puccini heroes at the Met, including “Madama Butterfly,” “Turandot” and “Manon Lescaut.” He strikes up solid chemistry with Deborah Voigt in a gorgeous production.  Check out a sneak peak below.



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