Tenor Marcello Giordani, the talented opera singer renowned for a voice of beauty and strength that made him a star at the world's top opera houses, died on Saturday, AFP reported on October 6th.
Giordani died at the age of 56 due to a heart attack following lunch at his home in Monte Tauro, a suburb of Augusta in Sicily.
"I talked to his wife, Wilma," his vocal coach, Bill 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."
Earlier on Sunday, the opera world paid tribute to him, acknowledging his recent performances in the role of Calaf in Puccini's opera Turandot at two theatres in Sicily.
"The Met family sends its condolences to all of Giordani's family and friends," the New York Metropolitan Opera said.
Giordani's' first-ever performances were with the Met in 1995. He gave nearly 250 performances in 27 roles for the company.
His partner Soprano Angela Gheorghiu expressed her grief. "I am devastated by the very sudden and early loss of my dear friend and great colleague, Marcello Giordani, a tenor with a golden voice."
His winning of the Spoleto singing competition in 1986 landed him a breakthrough role in Verdi's "Rigoletto".
In 2010, he set up the Marcello Giordani Foundation to encourage the Italian tradition and help young opera singers succeed on international opera stages.