Dominic has performed many productions of Tosca singing Cavaradossi, one of his favourite Puccini roles. The first was in Hastings in 1999 for Opera 2000, then at University of Kent in 2000, then at Opera Holland Park in 2003, followed by a production for Central Festival Opera in 2004, and most recently at Opera de Metz in 2004. Occasionally one has the pleasure of working with aspiring young students eager to learn the ropes by being involved in full scale productions. One such inspiring occasion was a production of Tosca in 2001 in Canterbury with the students of the University of Kent, under the guidance of Sue Wanless - the University’s Director of Music. It was a blast with gallons of gore and gruesome “gestapo-esque” minions of Scarpia.
Featuring Dominic Natoli as Cavaradossi, Imogen Parker as Tosca, Paul Keohone as Scarpia and the rest of the cast consisting of the students. Susan Wanless conducted the University Opera Orchestra in a brilliant evening of melodrama. It is tribute to this University which does not actually have a music faculty to mount a production of this calibre and scale with students from other disciplines getting a chance to flex their creative musical muscles in such an involved and committed manner. Some of these youngsters have gone on to further singing studies and I am confident will soon be young professional performers.
“The affair between Dominic Natoli's Cavaradossi and Christine Bunning's Tosca is
sensitively depicted, ... Natoli's ... powerful voice and convincing interpretation.
His engaging tenor relishes the big moments of the role, especially the arias .....,
and his vocal performance is matched by a subtle portrayal of Cavaradossi as lover
Tom Service, THE GUARDIAN, Friday 27 June 2003
“Dominic Natoli is a Cavaradossi pure of voice, who reflects an unexpected gentleness inside a noble character, throwing new light on the nature of his relationship with Tosca.” “Dominic Natoli é una Cavaradossi dalla voce pura, che riflette una inaspettata gentilezza all’interno di una carattere nobile, gettando nuova luce sulla natura della sua relazione con Tosca.”
Barbara Diana, GIORNALE DELLA MUSICA 25 June 2003
“a Cavaradossi in Dominic Natoli almost worth dying for.”
Anthony Holden, THE OBSERVER Sunday 29 June 2003
“Dominic Natoli’s Cavaradossi is exemplary. Here is the full Italian tenor style and manner, delivered with a golden voice. His ‘E lucevan le stelle’ is distinguished, his acting is assured and to the point.”
Opera de Metz October 2004
“ ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from the final act was a veritable enchantment, with a mezza-voce
which reminds one of the great years of Di Stefano. This singer is skilful and uses
the stage intelligently”
“..(his) ‘Vittoria’ was triumphant as it should be, all the valour and brilliance
inherent in Cavaradossi was found here.”
Forumopera 20/10/04 Michel Thome
“One loved the bright, exciting and luminous timbre of the Cavaradossi of Dominic Natoli.”
Republicain Lorraine, 15 October 2004 Georges Masson
“Dominic Natoli’s ‘E lucevan le stelle’ rang out smooth and plangent .... as Cavaradossi indulged in thoughts of his beloved.”