Obituary: tenor Marco Panuccio dies at 48


Widely admired by his colleagues, Panuccio was an EMMY nominated singer who performed over 25 major roles featuring a diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary to Romantic times.

Highlights include Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Bohème”; Des Grieux in “Manon” by Massenet; Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti; Alfredo in “La Traviata” by Verdi; Duke in Verdi’s “Rigoletto”; Pinkerton in Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”; the title role in Bernstein’s “Candide”; and Bégearss in “The ghosts of Versailles” by Corigliano.

Other roles Panuccio took on included Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen”; Des Grieux in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”; Don Ruiz di Padilla in “Maria Padilla” by Donizetti; and the title role in Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby”. Panuccio was also known for his portrayal of Anthony in Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” which performed at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Teatro Rossini in Lugo and Teatri Comunali di Piacenza.

Panuccio has appeared in many major theaters including Grange Park Opera, Portland SummerFest, Opera Holland Park, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Cleveland Operam, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. He was a much sought-after concert performer who worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra. from Lebanon.

The tenor went on to become the President and CEO of his non-profit organization “Marco Panuccio Presents”, which connected and enriched communities across America through various classical music and opera performances and created experiences that have inspired.

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