Sudden death of renowned tenor, 56

Sudden death of renowned tenor, 56


norman lebrecht

October 05, 2019

We regret to share news of the death today of the Italian tenor Marcello Giordani.

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.

Marcello was 56. He leaves a wife, Wilma, and two sons.

He made his La Scala debut as Rodolfo in 1988 and began his international career that same year.

UPDATE: Artists mourn Marcello


  • Ms.Melody says:

    This is a horrible year, we are losing so many.
    Condolences to the family

  • Antonio Matos says:

    So many nice memories. So sad for his family and the world. The heavens are blessed to have such a beautiful voice in their realm.

  • Bruce says:

    How horrible.

  • CHNina says:

    What shocking news. He was a cherished colleague.

  • Carlos Pianovski says:

    His bright and fearless top was thrilling on stage. Sad news.

  • david hilton says:

    It is a pity that the excerpts attached to this article show Giordani struggling so much with his high notes, especially in the Donizetti. This was not characteristic of this artist, a tenor who negotiated even Gualtiero’s high-F’s in Il Pirata with excitement and grace, in performances in Paris and New York.

  • Mike Miles says:

    RIP, your voice will live on!

  • Mark says:

    Wonderful memories of his NYC performances. RIP

  • It is almost exactly eight years ago that I had the privilege to spend a few days in Palermo.
    It was there that I’ve heard the great Marcello Giordani for the last time live: his Manrico was absolutely great!

    I dedicate this article to his memory (in Dutch, I’m sorry)

  • M.Arnold says:

    Very sad. A great tenor! My first ever Calaf was Roswenge in East

    Berlin in 1960 and I have seen it many times since-2x @

    Met w/Corelli/Nilsson, w/Pavarotti and Caballe in S.F,@ Met

    w/Domingo/Marton, Martinucci/Dimitrova, et al but by far, the best

    Calaf since Corelli was Giordani in 2009. Spectacular singing!