Britten at 100 / Cincinnati
“Panuccio sang ‘In the Black Dismal Dungeon of Despair’, a plea for forgiveness by one suffering the torments of guilt. Here he showed his ability to bring out all the emotions inherent in his character`s plight. His control of vocal cords and dynamics showed not only his great ability to sing but his intelligence and care in finding the correct sound for each variation of feeling. His enunciation of the text was exemplary.
The performances were outstanding. Marco Panuccio obviously loves this music. His crystal-clear enunciation and his careful attention to every nuance of the text made clear his devotion. He could scale his voice down to a near-whisper or trumpet forth a forte passage…
Best of all however, was the great Canticle II…I have heard this sang several times before, but never more movingly than by Panuccio…who chose to act out story as well. It was the high point to an afternoon of great music making.”
American Record Guide, November 2013
Verdi Requiem / Richmond Symphony
It helped that the symphony engaged… quality vocal soloists… Panuccio`s shifts of vocal color, moving from light to dark and back were especially riveting.”
Ann Timberlake, Richmond Times Dispatch, October 2013
Don Carlos / Corbett Auditorium
Cond. Mark Gibson
“Tenor Marco Panuccio was excellent as the heir to the Spanish throne. His lyric tenor was ideal in“Je l’ai vue,” phrased with moving expression. Despite some unevenness, his tenor soared powerfully into the stratosphere.”
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati, September 2013
Article: ‘Marco Panuccio Celebrates Britten’
Britten at 100 / Calvary Episcopal Church in Clifton, Cincinnati
“It was the Benjamin Britten event of the season in Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at Calvary Episcopal Church in Clifton, and the fanuccios were out for it -- fans of tenor Marco Panuccio, that is.
Canticle I, “My Beloved is Mine” (1947)… was given a breathtaking rendition by Panuccio, whose gilt-edged, lyric voice soared before ending in a gentle affirmation.
Panuccio was joined by harpist Graiser in Canticle V, “The Death of St. Narcissus” (1974)… Panuccio rendered its complex imagery with consummate skill.
Panuccio’s “in the black dismal dungeon of despair” was stirring and heartfelt.”
Music in Cincinnati, July 2013
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.' "Cincinnati Enquirer
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