Tosca, Metropolitan Opera – New York October 2009

“The most magnificent singing and acting of the afternoon came from Argentine tenor, Marcelo Álvarez, whose Cavaradossi breathed Romantic passion and defiance throughout the opera. Álvarez sang with a smooth, liquid legato that connected even the widest intervals within Puccini’s phrases, and his top range retained its luster and focus throughout the lengthy performance. Álvarez’ Act III signature aria, E lucevan le stelLe, was ripe with expression and pathos, with just enough restraint to avoid sounding lugubrious. As it often does, this aria proved to be a show-stopper – with profuse applause and howls of approval from the both the Met audience and the movie theater crowd surrounding me.”

by David Abrams