Riccardo Massi

Tenore

Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – classicmelbourne.com.au

Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – classicmelbourne.com.au

As Rodolfo, the young man Luisa knows as Carlo but who is actually the son of the local lord, Count Walter, Riccardo Massi was pretty well a perfect match. Tall, handsome and in possession of a glorious tenor voice that has made him one of the rising stars of his generation, his impressive vocal quality and theatrical presence almost managed to compensate for a couple of laughably incongruous…

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Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – HeraldSun

Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – HeraldSun

Riccardo Massi exhibits a splendid coppery, broad-ranged and fervent tenor as Luisa’s lover Rodolfo. Massi gives perturbed but intent conviction to his Rodolfo and elevates with boundless eloquence one of the opera’s affecting pieces of music when recalling happier times with Luisa in Quando le sere al placido. Alongside Car, the two easily play out the tenderness of love and their misfortune of being betrayed…

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The Daily Telegraph – Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour)

The Daily Telegraph – Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour)

Massi is magnificent as Calaf. The Italian tenor is a tall man, giving him a commanding, heroic presence. He exudes charisma and passion, matched by his beautiful, rich, burnished voice. In a sensitive rendition of Nessun dorma he builds the aria perfectly, bringing the house down as he soars to the climactic top B..

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Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) – Limelight Magazine

Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) – Limelight Magazine

As Prince Calaf, the Italian tenor Riccardo Massi seems to be channelling his hero Franco Corelli in a stylish performance of enormous vocal passion. In a lyrical reading of the role, he eschews relentless heroics to convey a more nuanced reading than is sometimes the case. A bronzed lower register rises to a secure, tastefully produced upper register and his rendition of that aria is textbook, culminating in a perfectly judged..

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Tosca (Royal Opera House) – The guardian

Tosca (Royal Opera House) – The guardian

The latest Royal Opera revival of Jonathan Kent’s staging of Puccini’s Tosca marks the return of Angela Gheorghiu to the title role, which she sang when the production was first seen in 2006. It’s an exceptionally intelligent evening, and much of what Gheorghiu does takes you by surprise. With a grand diva playing a grand diva, I half expected..

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Turandot (Opernhaus Zürich) – bachtrack.com

Turandot (Opernhaus Zürich) – bachtrack.com

Riccardo Massi was determined and dedicated as Calaf, and his famous “Nessun Dorma” – always a hard act to follow – was muscular and memorable. Alexandra Tarniceru shone brightly in her debut as the slave girl, Liù; she was lucid, loveable and refreshing, her acting skills, utterly convincing…

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Zazà (Barbican) – The guardian

Zazà (Barbican) – The guardian

Stephen Gaertner, another exceptional artist, was her level-headed, affectionate Cascart and Riccardo Massi was the glamorous-sounding Milio. The smaller roles were all superbly done. High-voltage conducting and playing from Maurizio Benini and the BBC Symphony Orchestra added to the intensity. Occasional slips of balance mattered little in the excitement of it all – the whole thing was a knock-out performance…

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Turandot (Bregenzer Festspiele) – klassik.com

Turandot (Bregenzer Festspiele) – klassik.com

Giacomo Puccinis letzte Oper besitzt künstlerische Qualitäten, um auch auf der Seebühne bestehen zu können. Doch was Marco Arturo Marelli auf den See brachte, war eine der schwächsten Inszenierungen der letzten 20 Jahre an diesem Spielort. Das Spiel auf dem See fand nicht statt.

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Tosca (Sydney Opera House) – Daily Review

Tosca (Sydney Opera House) – Daily Review

Riccardo Massi is in fine vocal form as Cavaradossi, rising to the heights of Puccini’s score with a light, rounded touch. His performance of the third act aria E’lucevan le stelle is sublime. Massi also conjures up plenty of chemistry with Echalaz..

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Carmen (Deutsche Oper) – Bachtrack

Carmen (Deutsche Oper) – Bachtrack

Massi sang the role beautifully. His Flower Song was deeply emotional, with ringing high notes and almost baritonal low ones. His desperation in the long final duet “C’est toi! C’est moi!” was palpable…

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Gioconda – Opéra de Marseille

Gioconda – Opéra de Marseille

Riccardo Massi, Enzo au physique avantageux, à l’engagement dramatique plus que crédible, possède une voix de ténor fine et solide comme une lame, un peu mate peut-être, remarquablement cultivée, conduite avec un goût raffiné, enchanteur même, pour un “Cielo e Mar” d’anthologie. Un ténor à suivre de très près qui pourrait bientôt damer le pion à certains..

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La Gioconda – ForumOpera.com

La Gioconda – ForumOpera.com

Aussi sobre que possible pour un personnage que sa sincérité fougueuse entraîne à se trahir, Riccardo Massi, lui aussi à ses débuts scéniques bien qu’il ait déjà chanté le rôle d’Enzo en concert à Amsterdam. Appelé à la rescousse après deux de ses confrères, il ne semble pas pénalisé par cette arrivée tardive, et dès son apparition, sa stature et son maintien sont bien ceux du noble proscrit. Entre son aspect juvénile qui convient au personnage, l’énergie vocale qui lui permet de…

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Placido Domingo’s Tosca – Royal Opera House

Placido Domingo’s Tosca – Royal Opera House

It cannot be easy to be Cavaradossi when these two are around, but Riccardo Massi made an excellent Covent Garden debut in the role. This Italian tenor has an interesting history, having first trained as an actor, he worked as a stunt man in such movies as Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York in order to finance his singing lessons…

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La forza del destino – Review on Crikey

La forza del destino – Review on Crikey

Massi made his debut only four years ago, yet has already sung on numerous of the most prestigious stages in Europe, as well as with The Met. His is the most attractive of tenors: as warm and smooth as melted couverture, while remaining clear and strong…

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La forza del destino – The Australian

La forza del destino – The Australian

Making his role debut as Don Alvaro, tenor Riccardo Massi was outstanding.
His ringing upper register strength suited his character’s ardent impetuousness, yet he was able to maintain a silkily smooth sound.

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Turandot – Seen and heard international

Turandot – Seen and heard international

Riccardo Massi, making his operatic debut as recently as 2009 he has rapidly become one of the hottest new Italian tenors, singing on many of the prestige opera houses in Europe and already also sung Radames at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Un Ballo in maschera – Badische Zeitung

Un Ballo in maschera – Badische Zeitung

In nur drei Jahren professioneller Praxis hat Riccardo Massi es bis an die New Yorker “Met” gebracht: welche Tenorqualitäten – ein Riccardo, breit in der Tiefe, weich dazu, zu Zwischentönen fähig, glanzvoll in der schön ausgesteuerten Höhe. Wetten, dass der in einem Jahrzehnt zu einem Otello…

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Aida – Great review of Riccardo’s Radames in Metropolitan Opera House

Aida – Great review of Riccardo’s Radames in Metropolitan Opera House

The first of the three remaining performances (February 23) was taken over by the young Italian tenor Riccardo Massi who has been singing professionally for only three years.

Signor Massi made a very fine initial impression and built on that throughout the evening. Tall, sturdy of frame with a chiseled Roman profile, the tenor looked like a warrior. Massi has an interesting background – he is an expert in the handling…

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TOSCA – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

TOSCA – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Agé de 25 ans, Riccardo Massi, issu de l’Accademia de la Scala – où il s’est fait connaître dès 2009 en sauvant, avec sa fiancée Anita Rachvelishvili dans le rôle-titre, la première de Carmen dirigée par…

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