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“...Massimo Cavalletti masterfully performed the role of the jealous husband.”

Kazachstanskaja Pravda on "Falstaff" at the Astana Opera, 9/2017

“In the male cast stood out ... especially thrirty-nine year old baritone Massimo Cavalletti, who makes the Marquis of Posa a generous but also meditative character, and excells in the duets with Roberto Aronica (Don Carlo)."

Giuseppe Pennisi, Musica on "Don Carlo" at the Maggio Musicale Florence, 5/2017

“Massimo Cavalletti’s Ford was Falstaff’s worthy counterpart.” James Imam, Financial Times on "Falstaff" at La Scala, 2/2017

“Lucky for those attending the current run of the opera, the stars are in alignment--with Kristine Opolais (Mimi), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Brigitta Kele (Musetta) and Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello) as the stellar central quartet and not a weak link down the line, under the sure and sweeping baton of Marco Armiliato.”“While Beczala and Cavalletti have performed the roles together elsewhere, they certainly couldn't have done it better, with the soaring tenor and the warm and smooth baritone meshing beautifully, particularly in their Act IV duet. Cavalletti and Opolais sang together at the Met when she made her surprise role debut as Mimi, replacing an ill colleague in an HD broadcast, and their interplay here seemed effortless, with him providing the strong shoulder she needs in Act III. With Marcello so central to the action (and actions of the other principals), it always surprises me that he has no aria of his own, but Cavalletti is the perfect foil in his arias with both Beczala and Musetta.”

Richard Sasanow, Broadway World Opera on "La bohème" at the Metropolitan Opera, 11/2016

“Massimo Cavalletti sang Marcello with a big, firm voice and remarkable expressive capacity.”

Valeria Pregliasco, Opera on "La bohème" at the Teatro Regio Turin, 10/2016

“The rest of the cast was also high profile, with the luxury of being able to rely on Massimo Cavalletti as Paolo Albiani, already a draft of his future Iago.”
Andrea Merli, Opera Actual on "Simon Boccanegra" at the Teatro alla Scala, 6/2016

"The mellow-voiced, appealing baritone Massimo Cavalletti"
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times on "Manon Lescaut" at the Metropolitan Opera, 2/2016

“Massimo Cavalletti as Ford performed with his wonted professionalism, confirming himself as a credible singer and relaxed actor.”

Giancarlo Landini, L’Opera on "Falstaff" at the Teatro alla Scala, 10/2015

“A superb performance likewise from Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello.  The baritone drew a precise portrait of the young painter with a heart of gold, employing an attractive and powerful, shapely voice; his acting likewise was spot-on.  He was justly rewarded by the audience at the end of the performance.”

Roberta Pacifico, OperaClick on "La bohème" at the Teatro alla Scala, 08/2015

“In the title role one found in Massimo Cavalletti (Ford in Falstaff and Marcello in La bohème at the Dutch National Opera) a singer who has everything that Rossini’s Figaro demands: an elegant baritone, exuberance, and just the right wiliness.”

Mordechai Aranowicz, OperaMagazine.nl on "Il barbiere di Siviglia" at the Teatro alla Scala, 08/2015

"Vocal excellence continued with Massimo Cavalletti’s Belcore. His interpretation was not only memorable for a credible swaggering stage persona (with lots of crotch re-adjustments) but for outstanding vocal qualities, especially a ringing, effortless top register. The higher tessitura of the role held no horrors at all – the top F naturals on “No, no” in Act I were as clarion-like as Dulcamara’s trumpet."

Jonathan Sutherland, Bachtrack on "L'elisir d'amore" at the Zurich Opera House, 06/2015

“Very pleasing the proud and dashing Escamillo of baritone Massimo Cavalletti....”

Andrea Merli, Opera Áctual on "Carmen" at the Teatro alla Scala, 06/2015

“Baritone Massimo Cavalletti was an elegant Escamillo with a warm, large, and bright voice, and was much applauded.”

Fernando Sans Rivière, Beckmesser on "Carmen" at the Liceu Barcelona, 04/2015

“... an impressive Riccardo. His warm, generous baritone matched the full, rich bass of Riccardo Zanellato and made for some very satisfying duetting.”

Juliet Giraldi, Opera Now on "I puritani" at the Florence Opera House, 01/2015

"Both leads are upstaged by Massimo Cavalletti's flamboyant, decently sung Marcello..."

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times on "La bohème" at the Dutch National Opera, 12/2014

"The baritone Massimo Cavalletti sang the toreador Escamillo smoothly and evenly... ."

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times on "Carmen" at the Metropolitan Opera New York, 10/2014