Sudden death of renowned tenor, 56

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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