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Critics

2018


Carmen

Hong Kong Opera

Giancarlo Monsalve played Don Jose, and the young soldiers' innocence and lust-controlled anger were put in place.
Giancarlo Monsalve 演唐荷西,把年輕士兵的純真和受情慾控制的忿憤演得十分到位。

Cultural Masseur
www.culturalmasseur.hk
5 August 2018 by Chermaine Lee

Carmen

Hong Kong Opera

Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve delivers a full-throated and testosterone-laden Don José in the tradition of singers like Mario del Monaco. Monsalve’s finale has unexpected visual and emotional parallels to A Streetcar Named Desire. While undoubtedly coincidental, it is a reminder that there is much about Carmen that can be construed as social commentary, undercurrents which keep the work relevant.
Asian Review of Books
www.asianreviewofbooks.com
19 May 2018 by Peter Gordon

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Teatru Aurora

Tenor Giancarlo Monsalve had a very tough double job – singing Turiddu and Canio and he portrayed the two tragic characters very well. He was the rather irresponsible local seducer who overplayed his hand in one role and in the other was the jealous, betrayed husband with good reason to feel aggrieved, but, too much out of control, leading to a double murder a furia di sangue.
Times of Malta
www.timesofmalta.com
11 March 2018 by Albert Storace

2017


IL Trovatore

Teatro Regional del Maule

Manrico, the Troubadour, gives no respite to his genuine love for Leonora, and with an intense and passionate interpretation, the Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve kept the audience attentive to his story from beginning to end.
Manrico, el Trovador, no da tregua a su genuino amor por Leonora, y con una interpretación intensa y llena de pasión, el tenor chileno Giancarlo Monsalve mantuvo al público atento a su historia de principio a fin.

Toda la Cultura
www.tuiteroscultura.com
23 Dicember 2017 by María Celeste Jiménez

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Teatru Aurora

Cellebrating Forty years of Opera production!
Like any self-respecting opera both Cavalleria and Pagliacci have as their main characters tenor, baritone and soprano. Cavalleria also has a mezzo that is absent in Pagliacci.
It is not very common for a tenor to sing the main parts (Turiddu and Canio) in both operas on the same night. Yet this is exactly what tenor Giancarlo Monsalve did. Monsalve has a fine big voice, a very handsome presence and is a fine actor. His leave-taking scene from his mother, Mama Lucia, before the final denouement was extremely touching - his fear, his reluctance to leave, taking over from his bravado.
Between Monsalve and Mastromarino they brought out all the tragic qualities of the piece that becomes increasingly more intense as the action develops.
Malta Independent
www.independent.com.mt
7 November 2017 by Cecilia Xuereb

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Teatru Aurora

Another success in 40 years
The Aurora Theater celebrated 40 years of Opera in Gozo with a big success of the opera productions "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci in Theater Aurora.
Cavalleria Rusticana of Pietro Mascgni was written in 1890. In this representation participated Alberto Mastromarino, as Alfio, and Giancarlo Monsalve, in the role of Turiddu. Mastromarino had just visited the Theater Aurora earlier this year with the production of Madama Butterfly, where he had great success, success now rrepetih with more power and resonance in the production. On the other hand, Monsalve, Chilean Opera Star, Cultural Ambassador and UNESCO World Heritage Medal, was debuting to Theater Aurora with a list of the world's best theaters, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Arena di Verona and the National Opera of Washington in which he appeared. For Monsalve, it was also a successful night. Joanna Parisi joined them as well, as Santuzza, Christine Dalli and the Maltese and Graziella Debattista as Lola and Mamma Lucia.
Written only two years later - in 1892 - the opera 'Pagliacci of Ruggero Leoncavallo followed the same evening after an interval of just over half an hour. The only two cast members that shared between the two operas were Mastromarino and Monsalve, as Tonio and Canio respectively. The applauses Vociferous were really warranted.
Suċċess ieħor fl-40 sena
It-Teatru tal-Opra Aurora ċċelebra l-40 sena ta’ Opra f’Għawdex mit-Teatru tal-Opra Aurora bis-suċċess tal-produzzjoni tal-opri ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ u ‘Pagliacci’.
Il-‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ ta’ Pietro Mascgni inkitbet fl-1890. F’din ir-rappreżentazzjoni ħadu sehem Alberto Mastromarino, bħala Alfio, u Giancarlo Monsalve, fl-irwol ta’ Turiddu. Mastromarino kien għadu kemm żar it-Teatru tal-Opra Aurora aktar kmieni din is-sena, fil-produzzjoni tal-Gaulitana, ‘Madama Butterfly’, fejn kellu suċċess kbir, suċċess li rrepetih b’aktar qawwa u reżonanza f’din il-produzzjoni. Min-naħa l-oħra, Monsalve, stilla tal-opra Ċilena u Ambaxxatur Kulturali għall-Patrimonju Dinji tal-UNESCO, kien qed jiddebutta biex żied lit-Teatru tal-Opra Aurora ma’ lista tal-aqwa teatri tad-dinja, fosthom ir-Royal Opera House ta’ Covent Garden, l-Arena di Verona u n-National Opera ta’ Washington li fihom huwa deher. Għal Monsalve, dan ukoll kien lejl ta’ suċċess. Magħhom ingħaqdu ukoll Joanna Parisi, bħala Santuzza, u l-Maltin Christine Dalli u Graziella Debattista bħala Lola u Mamma Lucia.
Miktuba biss sentejn wara – fl-1892 – l-opra ‘Pagliacci’ ta’ Ruggero Leoncavallo segwiet fl-istess serata wara intervall ta’ ftit aktar minn nofs siegħa. L-uniċi żewġ membri tal-kast komuni bejn iż-żewġ opri kienu Mastromarino u Monsalve, bħala Tonio u Canio rispettivament. L-applawsi voċiferużi kienu tassew meritati.

Soċjetá Filarmonika Leone
www.leone.org.mt
30 October 2017 by Soċjetá Filarmonika Leone

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve, as Mario Cavaradossi, frequently struck gold, culminating in the famous leitmotival “E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars shone”), sung in the third act, where the doomed artist and lover appears to know his fate, while singing the heart-rending words “Never have I loved life so much”.
MY SCENA Magazine
www.myscena.org
17 September 2017 by Robert Kilborn

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

The voices are superb, powerful and full of emotion.
Singers with superb voices who also magnificently perform their theatrical roles, an excellent orchestra, not to mention the choruses and an incredible number of well-conducted extras ... everything is there in Tosca by Giacomo Puccini presented at the opening of the season at the Opéra de Montréal.
Les voix sont superbes, puissantes et pleines d’émotions.
Des chanteurs aux voix superbes qui tiennent en plus magnifiquement leurs rôles théâtraux, un excellent orchestre, sans oublier les chœurs et un nombre incroyable de figurants bien menés… tout est là dans Tosca de Giacomo Puccini présenté en ouverture de saison à l’Opéra de Montréal.

Info Culture Biz
www.info-culture.biz
17 September 2017 by Sophie Jama

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

Giancarlo Monsalve, a Chilean tenor with a leading man physique, with a dark voice and an Italian stamp, has embodied a Cavaradossi with verissimo that is more real than life itself.
I enjoyed the wonderflul aria "Recondita Armonia" magnificently rendered by the painter Cavaradossi by Giancarlo Monsalve.
The apprehension of an imminent death has earned us, on the part of Cavaradossi, to hear one of the most magnificent lyrical jewels adorning the firmament of the operatic universe, "E lucevan le stelle" (" And the stars were shining "),vocal prowess whose very capable divo Giancarlo Monsalve has very talented and graciously acquitted.
The three highlights, previously named, were immediately followed by plaudits from a conquered and delighted room. We were expecting them firmly, and their performance did not disappoint.
The end of the opera was greeted with regret, but with great reinforcements of bravos and applause, by a full house which spontaneously raised to express its contentment.
Giancarlo Monsalve, ténor chilien au physique de jeune premier, à la voix planante et au timbre italien, a incarné un Cavaradossi verissimo plus vrai que nature.
Je me suis régalé du magnifique aria « Recondita Armonia » magnifiquement rendu par le peintre Cavaradossi de Giancarlo Monsalve.
L’appréhension d’une mort imminente nous a valu, de la part de Cavaradossi, d’entendre certainement un des plus magnifiques joyaux lyriques ornant le firmament de l’univers opératique, « E lucevan le stelle » (« Le ciel luisait d’étoiles »), prouesse vocale dont le très capable divo Giancarlo Monsalve s’est très talentueusement et gracieusement acquitté.
Les trois highlights, précédemment nommés, ont été immédiatement suivis d’applaudissements nourris provenant d’une salle conquise et ravie. Nous les attendions de pied ferme, et leur performance ne nous a pas déçus.
La fin de l’opéra a été accueillie avec regret, mais à grand renforts de bravos et d’applaudissements, par une salle comble qui s’est spontanément levée pour exprimer son contentement..

Atuvu
www.atuvu.ca
18 September 2017 by Daniel Raymond

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

Giancarlo Monsalve seems to be the only one who has presented himself at work with a surplus of energy that he uses well and which is lacking to his partners.
Giancarlo Monsalve semble être le seul à s’être présenté au travail avec un surplus d’énergie qu’il utilise bien et qui fait défaut à ses partenaires.

Pieuvre Magazine
www.pieuvre.ca
18 September 2017 by Martin Prévost

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

The music of Puccini is magnificent. We hear beautiful duets between Mario and Tosca singing their love and beautiful solos by Scarpia and Mario accompanied by choruses. An impressive Te Deum is sung in the church. Giancarlo Monsalve (Mario) sings a very beautiful solo while Melody Moore-Wagner (Tosca) dazzles us in his solo of the end.
La musique de Puccini est magnifique. On entend de superbes duos entre Mario et Tosca qui chantent leur amour et de beaux solos de Scarpia et de Mario accompagnés des chœurs. On chante un Te Deum impressionnant à l’église. Giancarlo Monsalve (Mario) chante un très beau solo alors que Melody Moore-Wagner(Tosca) nous éblouit dans son solo de la fin.

Planète Québec
www.planete.qc.ca
18 September 2017 by Jocelyne Tourngeau

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

Passion and distress are intensely felt by the divine vocal interpretations of Melody Moore-Wagner (Tosca) and Giancarlo Monsalve (Mario).
La passion et la détresse sont intensément ressenties par les divines interprétations vocales de Melody Moore-Wagner (Tosca) et Giancarlo Monsalve (Mario).

Mazrou Magazine
www.mazrou.com
20 September 2017 by Meriem Benammour

Tosca

Opera de Montreal

The role of Giancarlo Monsalve expresses the passion of Mario, his character, for painting, but especially for his beautiful Tosca. The beauty as a tenor when he sings his love for Tosca is impressive.
Le rôle qu’avait Giancarlo Monsalve exprime la passion de Mario, son personnage, pour la peinture, mais surtout pour sa belle Tosca. La beauté de son ténor lorsqu’il chante son amour pour Tosca est impressionnante.

Le Délit Magazine
www.delitfrancais.com
26 September 2017 by Angela Novakovic