Marcello Giordani Biography
Marcello Giordani was an Italian operatic tenor who sang leading roles in opera houses throughout Europe and the United States. He had a distinguished association with the New York Metropolitan Opera, where he sang in over 200 performances since his debut there in 1993.
I’m so sad about the passing away of the GREAT Marcello Giordani?…I’ve great memories of sharing the stage with him in Andrea Chénier in Genova❤️ My deepest condolences to his family…#HuiHe #MarcelloGiordani #rip #thankyou #greatartist #wonderfulvoice #tenor pic.twitter.com/cLpjsTmIIj
— Hui He (@HuiHesoprano) October 5, 2019
Marcello Giordani Age
Marcello Giordani is born on 25 January 1963 and died on 5 October 2019. He was 56 years old
Marcello Giordani Wife
Giordani met his wife, Wilma, when he was singing in Lucerne in 1988. They married two years later. The couple and their two sons lived in New York and Sicily.
I’m very sad to read in two different Sicilian newspapers that my dear and admired Marcello Giordani passed away due to a heart attack. My prayers and love are with his family and friends. Riposa In Pace, amico. Taken too soon.https://t.co/MO4aQvGIXI
— Arturo Chacón-Cruz (@ArturoChaconC) October 5, 2019
Marcello Giordani Children
He has two sons but further detail about his children updated later
Marcello Giordani Early Life, Parents
Marcello Giordani was born in 1963 in the small Sicilian town of Augusta. His father, a former prison guard, was the owner of a major gasoline station in the town, and his mother was a housewife.
— Sumi Jo (@sumijo2011) October 5, 2019
Marcello Giordani Early Career
He showed a talent for singing at an early age and took private lessons in Augusta as well as singing in his church choir. When he was nineteen, he quit his job in a bank and moved to Milan where he studied voice with Nino Carta.
Marcello Giordani Professional Career
Shocking news: the tenor Marcello Giordani has died at the age of 56. https://t.co/d3fXH4fKs5
— Opera magazine (@operamagazine) October 5, 2019
Giordani made his professional operatic debut in 1986 as the Duke in Rigoletto at the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. His debut at La Scala came two years later when he sang Rodolfo in La bohème. He went on to sing throughout Italy and Europe, and in 1988, he made his American debut singing Nadir in Les pêcheurs de Perles with Portland Opera, a company with which he frequently appeared early in his career. Engagements with several other American opera companies followed, including San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Giordani made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1993 as Nemorino in a Parks performance of L’elisir d’amore opposite Maria Spacagna as Adina. His first performance on the actual stage at the Metropolitan Opera House was on December 11, 1995, as Rodolfo to Hei-Kyung Hong’s Mimì with Carlo Rizzi conducting.
In 1994, vocal problems that begun to surface in the previous years became more acute. He began to retrain his voice with Bill Schuman in New York but did not cancel his engagements. In 1995 he sang Alfredo in La Traviata at Covent Garden under Sir Georg Solti, whose guidance he credits as a great help in the rebuilding of his career. In 1997, Giordani again sang at Covent Garden under Solti (as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra), in what turned out to be the final opera performances that Solti would ever conduct. His career at the Met, which had initially been sporadic, began to flourish. By the end of 2008, he had sung over 170 performances with the company, including the leading tenor roles in the Metropolitan Opera premieres of Benvenuto Cellini and Il Pirata. He also sang in the Met’s season-opening performances in both 2006 (Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly) and 2007 (Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor), and on 18 September 2008, he was the tenor soloist in the Met’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem in memory of Luciano Pavarotti.
Amongst the other opera houses and festivals where Giordani performed during his career were the Opernhaus Zürich, Vienna State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Arena di Verona, the Verbier Festival, and the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago. In August 2008, Giordani appeared in concert with Salvatore Licitra and Ramón Vargas in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People during the first week of the 2008 Olympic Games. 2008 also saw his appointment as Artistic Director for Musical Events at Città Della Notte, a new arts center near Augusta. In December 2008 he gave his first masterclasses there.
Marcello Giordani Foundation
In 2010, Giordani created the Marcello Giordani Foundation to help young opera singers at the beginning of their careers. The first annual Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition was held in Sicily in 2011.
Marcello Giordani Death, Cause of Death
Sad to hear about the passing of Marcello Giordani, who I remember fondly from my early Met Opera days. pic.twitter.com/GMwNGMg0YT
— Opera/Nerd (@opustechnica) October 5, 2019
He was stricken by a heart attack after lunch at his home in Monte Tauro. Despite the arrival of a medical team by helicopter, it was impossible to revive him. he has died in the age of 56