Frank Lopardo press reviews
San Francisco Symphony - The Bells
In the vigorously oratorical opening movement, the tenor soloist (the winningly forthright Frank Lopardo) invokes the silver bells of sleighs and starlight.
Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 2009
Soloists Frank Lopardo and Mikhail Petrenko sang their parts with passion, with Lopardo offering an especially nuanced performance.
Mark Rudio, The San Francisco Examiner, November 7, 2009
Bass Petrenko was superb in every respect: strong voiced and with musicianship of the highest quality throughout. Exactly the same virtues applied to tenor Lopardo, who sounded even more impressive in his always faultless precision. Each contributed fine performances, indeed. Bravos to them both.
Heuwell Tircuit, San Francisco Classical Voice, November 8, 2009
Lopardo opened the diverting piece with confidence and a pleasing tone. His voice never strained, and he seemed charmingly at ease throughout.
Philip Campbell, Bay Area Reporter, November 12, 2009
Cincinnati Opera - Madama Butterfly Frank Lopardo's impassioned phrasing and robust tenor… His love duet with Li was one of the evening's high points, and his final 'Addio' was wrenching and emotional.
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 12, 2008
Opera Rara Recording - Imelda de' Lambertazzi
As Orlando Lambertazzi, the magistrate of Ghibelline Bologna, Frank Lopardo convinces as a peace-seeker corrupted by his obsessive son Lambert, 'whose sole wish is war'.
Warren Keith Wright, Opera Magazine, July 2008
Lyric Opera of Chicago - Eugene Onegin
Frank Lopardo, an American tenor heretofore identified with the major Italian lyric roles, scored a triumph of anti-typecasting as an exceptionally ardent and sensitive Lensky. The expressive force he summoned for his aria drew the evening's longest and loudest applause
John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2008
Onegin's hapless friend Lensky, who knows his deficiencies as a poet and hopes instead to make his life into art, has one of the great tenor arias, 'Kuda, kuda,' and American Frank Lopardo invests it with passion and power
Andrew Patner, The Chicago Sun-Times, March 3, 2008
American tenor Frank Lopardo, a Lyric Opera favorite for nearly two decades, nearly steals the show as the doomed Lensky, who realizes too late that challenging Onegin to a pistol duel is not such a good idea. Lopardo's heartfelt aria, 'Kuda, kuda,' foretelling his death, received one of the warmest responses from Saturday's audience.
Bill Gowen, The Chicago Daily Herald, March 2, 2008
Tenor Frank Lopardo's ardently sung Lensky...
John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune, March 20, 2008
Frank Lopardo's performance throughout, including in the great aria 'Kuda, kuda,' was a tour de force.
Andrew Patner, The Chicago Sun-Times, March 19, 2008
Lenski's 'Kuda, kuda' was lovely, graced by elegantly spun pianissimos.
Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News, May 2008
Pittsburgh Opera - Madama Butterfly
Tenor Frank Lopardo was a wonderful Pinkerton in his debut in the role, singing with authority and portraying both the caddish and seemingly sincere sides of this character.
Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 15, 2007
The sensitivity Lopardo had in the high registers and his ability to blend with others impressed.
Andrew Druckenbrod, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 15, 2007
Colorado Opera: - Un Ballo in Maschera
Reigning over this production in more ways than one is veteran tenor Frank Lopardo, a natural actor who brings real star power to his compelling portrayal of the king.
Equally important, Lopardo possesses a wonderfully agile, multifaceted voice. He deploys it with experienced skill and seeming ease, whether projecting the monarch's commanding presence or tenderly expressing his love for Amelia in their extraordinary Act 2 duet.
Kyle McMillan, The Denver Post, April 30, 2007
Powering this production is tenor Frank Lopardo, who brings his agile, multifaceted voice and natural star power to his compelling portrayal of the king.
Kyle McMillan, Opera News, June 2007
Opera Rara - Imelda de' Lambertazzi
The persistent fire in the performance came from Frank Lopardo and Massimo Giordano, both on blazing form as the father and son.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, March 14, 2007
Frank Lopardo was rhythmically incisive as Imelda's father, Orlando.
Hilary Finch, The Times, March 14, 2007
Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall - Verdi Requiem
Tenor Frank Lopardo brought a Gigli-esque sweetness to his soft singing.
Fred Cohn, Opera News, June 2006