"Panuccio’s warm lyric tenor was a marvel of vocal magic." – Opera News
"Marco Panuccio’s Duke is the work of an artist." – The Stage
Lyric tenor Marco Panuccio is earning sensational international acclaim from both audiences and critics.
Recent performances have included Des Grieux Manon (Lyric Opera of Chicago), the title role of Bernstein’s Candide (Münchner Philharmoniker), Duke Rigoletto (Grange Park Opera, New Orleans Opera), the Electrician in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Rossini in Lugo), Don José Carmen (Opera Holland Park), Edgard Lucia di Lammermoor (Cincinnati Opera, Florida Grand Opera), the title role of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (Grange Park Opera), Manrico Il Trovatore (Portland Summerfest), Rodolfo La Bohème (Cleveland Opera, Belle-Ile Festival), and Alfredo La traviata (Michigan Opera Theatre), as well as collaborations with noted conductors such as James Conlon and Emmanuel Villaume.
Last season’s highlights included Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera), Don Ruiz Maria Padilla (Chelsea Opera Group) and the title role of The Great Gatsby with the Ensemble Parallèle. Forthcoming performances include Rodolfo La bohème at La Fenice, as well as Verdi’s Requiem and Alfredo La traviata.
Marco Panuccio is represented by Intermusica worldwide.
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Recording: Carl Orff Carmina Burana / CD SONY 887254462125
MDR Sinfonieorchester / cond. Kristjan Järvi
“What a joy to hear Marco Panuccio’s beautifully shaped tenor tone, instead of the usual counter-tenors and semi-castratos, giving the ‘Olim Lacus’ its full bite and power with his falsetto”.
« Quelle joie alors d’entendre en Marco Panuccio, au lieu des ordinaires hautes-contre et semi-castrats, un ténor de très belle facture donnant au falsetto d’Olim lacus tout son piquant et toute sa force ».
Sylvain Fort, Forum Opera, October 2012
Don Ruiz in Donizetti Maria Padilla
Chelsea Opera Group / cond. Brad Cohen
“Marco Panuccio [as Don Ruiz] was a tenor worth hearing.”
Andrew Porter, Opera, August 2012
Pinkerton in Puccini Madama Butterfly / Grange Park Opera
cond. Gianluca Marciano / dir. John Doyle
“I saw the best singers on the opera circuit today ... Marco Panuccio as a vocally charged Pinkerton...”
Melinda Hughes, SpearsWMS.com, June 2012
“Marco Panuccio was in strong voice and able to follow Puccini’s melodic lines with elegance and grace...”
David Karlin, Bachtrack, June 2012
“Panuccio has a lovely tenor voice, which he uses freely throughout the range, with a nice willingness to sing quietly... In the love duet, both Panuccio and Rutter created a gorgeous, full throated lyrical outpouring; rarely have I heard this sung so finely in the theatre... with singing like theirs all the emotion was in the music.”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill Blog, June 2012
O Holy Night / Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral / Choir Saint Peter
“Marco Panuccio’s “O Holy Night,” was serene, inspiring and at times, thrilling.
The most breathtaking moment arrived in an encore, when Panuccio sang Caccini’s “Ave Maria” notable for their reverent atmosphere, vocal beauty and Panuccio’s gift for communication.
Panuccio’s high, pure tone was ideal for Handel, and he navigated the florid passages well. In the exuberant “Ev’ry Valley,” his arresting, penetrating sound cut through the cathedral’s reverberant acoustics.
When Panuccio’s voice soared into the stratosphere, it was thrilling.”
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, December 2011
Mrs. Nippert’s 100th Birthday Bash / Greenacres Foundation Arts Centre
“Opera singers from Cincinnati Opera wowed in numbers from Bizet’s operatic chestnut, Carmen. What a treat it was to hear … Marco Panuccio — fresh from Helsinki — delivered a riveting Flower Song.”
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, September 2011
Duke in Verdi Rigoletto / Grange Park Opera
cond. Toby Purser / dir. Daniel Slater
“Marco Panuccio’s Duke is the work of an artist.”
George Hall, The Stage, June 2011
Rodolfo in Puccini La Bohème / Bridgeport Symphony
"We knew we were in for a treat from the start, especially when Mark T. Panuccio as Rodolfo the writer-poet soared through ‘Che gelida manina’ with his great lyric tenor."
Connecticut Post, 2009
Anthony Hope in Sondheim Sweeney Todd / Teatro Comunale di Luciano Pavarotti
"All the singers were perfectly cast especially the highlighted performance of Mark T. Panuccio who played Anthony Hope."
Recensioni di Modena, 2009
"Lyric Tenor Mark Panuccio (Anthony) showed a magnificent voice."
L'Informazione di Modena, 2009
"The company was stylistically homogeneous yet well assorted especially accompanied with the expressive Mark Panuccio."
Il Resto del Carlino, 2009
Edgard in Donizetti Lucie de Lammermoor / Cincinnati Opera
"Cincinnati audiences went wild for the triumph of Mark T. Panuccio's Edgard. Edgard's death has bel canto beauty. Panuccio held the audience in the palm of his hand as he softly yet strongly projected the young hero's dilemma through delicate pianissimos. His warm lyric tenor was a marvel of vocal magic."
Opera News, 2008
"Panuccio achieved his own triumph in Edgar's death scene, during which one could have heard a pin drop as he brought tears to the audience's eyes."
"As Edgard, Mark Panuccio was an impassioned actor…his singing was nuanced and deeply felt and his soft high notes had particular beauty."
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2008
"Tenor Mark Panuccio was touching, even wrenching, as Edgard. His act I love duet with Lucie, where they exchanged rings, was as tender and well sung as any I can recall at Music Hall."
Music in Cincinnati, 2008
Rodolfo in Puccini La Bohème / Cleveland Opera, 2008
"Rodolfo, Mark T. Panuccio has a brightly warm voice, able to take the aria in key…his acting and singing carried scene after scene: the reunion of Mimì and Rodolfo at the end of Act III was beautifully handled."
Opera News, 2008
"The lively cast headed by an enchanting Melody Moore as Mimi and Mark Panuccio as Rodolfo, brought a little slice of opera heaven to the State Theatre at Playhouse Square."
Cool Cleveland, 2008
Edgardo in Donizetti Lucie di Lammermoor / Arizona Opera
"Mark T. Panuccio made his debut as an impressive Edgardo with a sturdy voice full of lyricism and warm with a distinctive color. He was an ardent and loving Edgardo."
Pro Ópera, 2007
"Tenor Mark Panuccio who is surely 'America's next great tenor,' delivered a knock-out performance of opera arias and duets, including what is fast becoming his signature aria, 'Nessun dorma.' "
Opera in the Amazon - 'Una noche mágica' / Cincinnati Opera, 2007
"Whalen shared the stage with a superb cast of singers that included tenor Mark T. Panuccio making his Arizona Opera debut in the role of Edgardo. Panuccio is blessed with an exquisite lyric tenor and dramatic sensibilities that were perhaps at their best in his death scene. This hopefully is not the last we see of him on an Arizona stage."
Arizona Daily Star, 2007
"Especially interesting in this season opener was the singing of Mark T. Panuccio in the role of Edgardo. Panuccio brought to the role a truly fine Italian tenor voice with great range and dramatic color. Panuccio created a strong, masculine Scottish character which contrasted painfully well against the foppishly French portrayal of Arturo by Jason Ferrante."
Green Valley News and Sun, 2007
"Tenor Mark T Panuccio made a most impressive début with the company as Edgardo. He has a robust, warm lyric voice with distinctive colorations and he was an ardent, passionate Edgardo. It was easy to understand why Lucia fell in love with him."
Music & Vision, 2007
Mao Tse-tung in Adams Nixon in China / Cincinnati Opera
"The high, screaming tessitura of Mao Tse-tung held no fears for Mark T. Panuccio, who sang with lyric beauty and ease."
"Musically the performances were as good as good could possibly be. Mark T. Panuccio actually sang the screaming tessitura music of Mao Tse-Tung with lyric beauty and ease, acting with genuine realism."
Opera News, 2007
'Salute to Cincinnati Opera' / Cincinnati Symphony
"The evening's spectacular vocal heart was reserved for Mr. and Mrs. Mao, Mark T. Panuccio and Georgia Jarman. Panuccio's beautiful Italianate lyric tenor coped easily with the cruel high tessitura, as he sang with immaculate diction."
American Record Guide, 2007
"Mark Panuccio depicted the aged, infirm Mao as a leader who was still very much in control, even once spitting at Nixon. Panuccio's clear, ringing tenor navigated the role's wide leaps and hight range effortlessly."
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2007
"Newly slim tenor Mark Panuccio (who had to wear padding as Mao) had the most difficult role visually, since he had to portray a feeble old man who needed assistance walking (...) Panuccio's bright, focused tenor served notice that he has an important career underway."
The Cincinnati Post, 2007
"Here's the cast: (...) Cincinnati tenor Mark Panuccio (a rising star with a knockout voice) (...) Then we came to La Boheme, with Mark Panuccio and Lisa Daltirus. His 'Che gelida manina' was simply stunning. He displayed a bright Italianate tenor with the thrilling timbre of a young Pavarotti, and nuanced phrasing. (What a switch from the John Adams he sang last week!! This is his music.) Their duet, 'O suave fanciulla' took your breath away."
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2007
‘O Sole Mio – A Celebration of Italian Song’ / Cincinnati Opera
"Soft wisp or roaring, tenor's voice compelling - A great tenor voice is a rare gift, both to the singer and the audience. When that voice is coupled with acute musical intelligence and a stirring depth of emotion, the result can only be superb.”
“Friday evening at Memorial Hall, Mark Panuccio demonstrated to a wildly appreciative audience that he possesses all these musical qualities and will surely be recognized as one of the top tenors of the world. He is a product of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a protege of the Cincinnati Opera, both institutions have a right to be proud of Panuccio."
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2007
Britten’s Nocturne / Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
"Tenor, Mark Panuccio, has a very sensitive and expressive voice well suited for the wide range of emotions in this work. As the message of the text changed Panuccio skillfully changed mood and vocal color like a chameleon. His marvelous voice and the artful accompaniment by the Chamber Orchestra made this an entrancing work to hear."
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2007
Verdi’s Requiem / Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
"Panuccio possessed a resonance rare with many tenors and delivered the upper register with a powerful ease"
News & Record of Greensboro, 2006