Opera tenor Marcello Giordani, known for the beauty and heft of his voice, dies at 56.
Giordani had a heart attack following lunch at his home in Monte Tauro, a suburb of Augusta in Sicily, and could not be revived, his vocal coach, Bill Schuman, told The Associated Press.
“I talked to his wife, Wilma,'” Schuman said. “He said he was thirsty, got up from his chair for some water and collapsed. They had a helicopter-ambulance come in, but he was already gone.”
In an era when the Three Tenors waned in the 1990s and 2000s, Giordani was sought after in lyric and later spinto roles.
“It’s a tragic loss,” soprano Renée Fleming, a frequent singing partner, wrote in a text to the AP, recalling him as “a remarkably lovely man.” ( Associated Press )
Soprano of the Hungarian State Opera Gabriella Letay Kiss and Italian tenor Marcello Giordani perform at the Erkel Theatre in Budapest on May 16, 2019, during a rehearsal of "Manon Lescaut," composed by Italian Giacomo Puccini, directed by Hungarian Mate Szabo. Giordani has passed away on Oct. 5, 2019 at age 56. ATTILA KISBENEDEK, AFP via Getty Images

Telmora Novakov
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Telmora Novakov keeps up with the news for Opera Gazet. At the urgent request of the editor-in-chief, she has put the separation of facts and opinions completely behind her.

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