Opera Circle, Ohio June 2013
Verdi – Rigoletto
The character of Rigoletto, of course, holds center stage throughout, and Opera Circle was fortunate to engage Swedish baritone Marco Stella for the role. In addition to possessing a fine and flexible vocal talent, Stella’s superior stage abilities were fully in evidence as he imbued the bitter, hunch backed jester with a wide range of emotions and actions — scampering and grimacing provocatively in the opening scene at the palace of the Duke of Mantua; aged and weary in his humble home; and full of love and regret with his daughter, Gilda.
– The Plain Dealer
Baritone Marco Stella completely in habited his role as Rigoletto, the Duke’s hunch backed court jester, master fully using his vocal capabilities from top to bottom while maintaining a continuous sense of tragedy and pathos. His midrange, which rang with brilliance and resonance, was especially impressive.
– Cleveland Classical
Göteborgsoperan, Sweden June 2012
Lucerzia Borgia – Gubetta
…I must admit that one would have wished more of the dark coloured baritonal clarity that Marco Stella as the intriguer Gubetta contributes…
Tour with Skånska operan, July 3 – August 1, 2009
Tosca – Scarpia
…There is a lot that pleased in this competent and thrilling production. Foremost is Marco Stella’s presentation of the power-obsessed chief of police as a terrifying power seeker and rake.Scarpia is both so coldly calculating and, at the same time, so intensely human that the intensity of his sexual drive is impossible to miss.Scarpia is traditionally portrayed as a caricature of darkest evil, but Stella’s fiery baritone lends a rare impression of humanity to the role which results in a combination of both weakness and raw power – a true portrayal of Scarpia’s macho ideals and dictatorial vanity.
– Österlen 360
Sparks positively flew when the Chief of police and Tosca were together on the stage. The role of Scarpia was sung by Marco Stella, who portrayed the role of this diabolical man of power perfectly. Stella’s incredible stage presence enhanced the overall effect of his singing, making the vile character of Scarpia a pleasure both to see and hear.
– Norra Skåne
…The brutal and satanic chief of police, Scarpia, (baritone Marco Stella) has everything one could desire when it comes to dramatic intensity…
Marco Stella as Scarpia was, to say the least, magnificent: a dark, sonorous baritone with an acting ability that unquestionably characterized one of opera’s leading villains…
– Skånska Dagbladet
…Marco Stella…the ruthless Scarpia who desires Tosca… has the perfect combination of dark richness in his voice and the charisma of a cold-hearted mafioso.
…Marco Stella, with his dark baritone and terrifying stage-personality, succeeds by surprisingly simple means in conveying Scarpia’s manipulative obsession with power…
– Ystads Allehanda
Austin (USA) and Lübeck
Tosca – Angelotti
”Vocal excellence a-plenty was found in the supporting roles as well, where especially Marco Stella, more bass than baritone in fact, was a powerful Angelotti.”
– Musicweb (Opera på skäret)
N.N. hatte als Mesner gute Momente, litt aber besonders unter dem Dirigat. Dem Angelotti von Marco STELLA machte dies weniger. Er sang souverän seine Partie und spielte auch die Szenen, die Angelotti sonst nicht auf der Bühne ist, mit viel Pränenz.
[N.N. hade good moments as Mesner but suffered under the conducting . For Marco Stella as Angelotti this didn’t matter. He sang convincingly his part and played his role with a lot of presence.]
Theater Lübeck, Lübeck
Hänsel und Gretel
Marco STELLA als Besenbinder sang die Rolle mit viel Einsatz und spielt glaubwürdig einen gutherzigen, aber dem Alkohol übermäßig zugetanen einfachen Mann.
[Marco Stella sang the role as ”Besenbinder” with a lot of dedication and played very authentically a kind hearted, simple man which has a strong weakness for alcohol.]
– Lübecker Nachrichten
GÖTEBORGSOPERAN , Sweden Dec 2014
…”Marco Stella’s Father was colourfully characterised and sung, superb as a rollicking drunk in “Ach, wir armen Leute” but convincingly sober when he realises that the children have been sent to the haunted forest on their own. His diction was so perfect that one could follow every word he sang.”Seenandheard-international.com
God in disguise, Gothenburg
The male solo-part was sung very stylishly refined by Marco Stella.