Green Valley News and Sun – Review Lucia di Lammermoor
Sunday 14 October 2007
Opera Preview: Arizona Opera season off to strong start with 'Lucia'
By Dr. Donald J. Behnke
“…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. He clearly had been cast by general and Artistic Director Joel Revzen to blend beautifully with the soprano for one of the significant elements of this opera, ensemble singing. Panuccio created a strong, masculine Scottish character which contrasted painfully well against the foppishly French portrayal of Arturo by Jason Ferrante.Panuccio’s death scene was a killer for the character and for the audience. As we know, when someone is stabbed in an opera, it is not blood that comes out. It is song. The spirit of Lucia appeared as if to lead her lover to reconciliation in heaven. It was their only way.”
Review: 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
By Cathalena E. Burch
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona Published: 10.08.2007
“…Whalen shared the stage with a superb cast of singers that included the commanding baritone Weston Hurt in the role of Enrico and 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.”