Ciaramitaro has a powerful tone loaded with a passion that cuts smoothly over the orchestra. I was invested in the character and wanted Giorgio to win Micòl’s heart, and I felt it in my own when he couldn’t…Ciaramitaro worked the nuances of his character and had so sucked me into Giorgio’s life that he became real—authentic enough for me to want to throttle him for his actions. This is the highest compliment I can extend to an actor.
Giorgio is the main character, with the most music and greatest demands, and Ciaramitaro’s singing was brightly colored throughout. The opera opens and closes with the older Giorgio remembering and singing gently, while in between the tenor conveyed youthful energy, and was able to bring great intensity to the drama’s climactic moments.
THE CLASSICAL REVIEW
In the central role of Giorgio, Anthony Ciaramitaro revealed a firm, fresh lyric tenor, full of promise, and coped heroically with the high tessitura…
Ciaramitaro boasts a full-bodied leading man tenor, dark and clarion, that sweeps away all argument when impassioned…an instrument that seems designed for (Richard) Tucker roles.
With his ringing Italianate sound and more than a touch of squillo, Anthony Ciaramitaro’s tenor pierced even the thickest of Gordon’s rich orchestral textures in a standout performance.
SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL
In particular, the well-placed and -colored tenor of Anthony Ciaramataro, as Giorgio, who was both protagonist and narrator of the piece, was very welcome. Much of the opera's impact fell on his shoulders and he did admirable work, switching from the more ardent university student to the older, wiser man who comes back to the ruined synagogue of his youth.