Lucia di Lammermoor- Minnesota Opera 2012
“Conductor Leonardo Vordoni chooses to play up the incongruities between the score and the action. Buoyantly dancing tones emanate from Vordoni's orchestra as Phillips compels the audience into Lucia's happy delusion, making it seem a comfortable place for her to land.”
Rob Hubbard- Pioneer Press (March 4 2012)
“Leonardo Vordoni conducts with a light touch and Italianate flow.”
Larry Fuchsberg- Star Tribune (March 5 2012)
“Conductor Leonardo Vordoni led the orchestra and singers with a master's delicate and nuanced touch.”
Jay Furst- Post Bulletin (March 5 2012)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia- Houston Grand Opera 2011
"Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni gives a classy, understated interpretation of the score, capturing the transparency of Rossini’s orchestration with the utmost sophistication. He follows the singers, who play with the arias, which conveys a sense of freedom throughout the evening."
Theodore Bale - culturemap.com (Oct 23 2011)
"Leonardo Vordoni’s incisive conducting.......... Vordoni's sensitive conducting ( in his HGO debut) and the orchestra's vivd yet nuanced playing are crucial to sustaining consistency even when this Barber is getting a little crazy on stage"
Everett Evans- Houston Chronicle (Oct 24 2011)
La Boheme- Santa Fe Opera 2011
“In his festival debut, conductor Leonardo Vordoni provided a mostly steady and idiomatic hand in the pit, drawing out the lyricism nicely”
Lawrence Johnson- Classical review ( August 3 2011)
“Leonardo Vordoni kept things brisk letting his singers shine”
Paul Wooley- ConcertoNet.com (August 9 2011)
La Cenerentola- Canadian Opera Company 2011
“Musically, of course, it is a classical treat, with conductor Leonardo Vordoni putting the COC Orchestra through its paces with measured briskness.”
John Coulbourn- Toronto Sun (Apr 29 2011)
“Musically, however, the cast is very strong, and conductor Leonardo Vordoni is impressive in his understanding of Rossini – meaning less is more”
Paula Citron- Classical 963fm
Turandot- Portland Opera 2011
“Leonardo Vordoni, making his Portland Opera debut in his first “Turandot,” led the orchestra in a vivid, muscular reading of Puccini’s score, which is sweeping, sumptuous and saturated with chinoiserie. And in the end, it’s the gorgeous music that redeems this grim work.”
James McQuillen-Musicnewsonline.org (Feb 5 2011)
“The orchestra, under conductor Leonardo Vordoni, created a lush, opulent sound that supported the singers well.”
James Bash- Oregonmusicnews.com (Feb 7 2011)
“Conductor Leonardo Vordoni leads the orchestra through a truly memorable moonrise”
John Minervini- Willamete Week (Feb 9 2011)
La Boheme- Utah Opera 2010
“Conductor Leonardo Vordoni, making his Utah Opera debut, interpreted the score as keenly with his heart as with his intellect, giving an emotionally vivid and detailed performance with members of the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the pit......the youthful cast and perceptive conductor uncovered the details of this well-worn but still vital work. Whether they lived during the nineteenth or the twentieth century, their vision of Puccini's bohemian life hit the mark in sonically glorious style”
Robert Coleman- Operanews online ( January 2011)
“Leonardo Vordoni led the Utah Symphony in a colorful performance of Puccini’s score. With a plot thinner than poor Mimì’s shawl, “La Bohème” succeeds on the strength of its music. This opera boasts not only some of Puccini’s most heart-tugging melodies, but also some of his most brilliant orchestration.”
Catherine Reese Newton- Salt Lake Tribune ( Oct 18 2010)
Lucia di Lammermoor- Green Mountain Opera Festival 2010
“Italian-born Leonardo Vordoni conducted the vibrant and sensitive performance by the excellent orchestra. Although a pickup ensemble, it included members of the Metropolitan Opera and Vermont Symphony orchestras. A special treat was Cecelia Brauer of the Metropolitan Opera performing on the eerie glass armonica during the "Mad Scene."
Jim Lowe- Time Argus ( June 20 2010)
Mosè in Egitto- Chicago Opera Theater 2010
“Chicago Opera Theater’s excellent cast and superb conductor lead Rossini’s static “Moses” out of the desert”
“Leonardo Vordoni’s musical direction was faultless, the Italian conductor bringing lively tempos, idiomatic pacing, and attentive detailing of Rossini’s score with scrupulous balancing of ensembles and chorus throughout.”
Lawrence Johnson- Chicago Classical review ( April 18 2010)
“The young Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni does a noble job shaping and guiding this music that is as new to the performers as to the audience. He starts without generational prejudice and takes Rossini seriously.”
Andrew Patner - Chicago Suntimes (April 19 2010)
“Maestro Leonardo Vordoni led a splendidly nuanced reading of verve and melting grace.”
Mark Thomas Ketterson- Operanews July 2010
Le Nozze di Figaro- Lyric Opera of Chicago 2010
“The very enjoyable performance redounded to the credit of rising conductor Leonardo Vordoni, who jumped in with zero orchestral rehearsal and gave a cogent, lively account. Not every ensemble was flawless, but word held that it was far better than in previous shows.
Vordoni had coached the singers and the level of spoken and sung Italian was unusually precise and expressive, a key factor in this piece.”
David Shengold- Gay City News April 6 2010
“The other newcomer — to the production as well as to the Lyric — was the young Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni. Mindful of the singers' needs, he infused the orchestral playing with crisp vitality and shapely phrasing”
John von Rhein- Chicago Tribune ( March 18 2010)
The Lyric offered stellar singing, acting and directing combined with masterful conducting by Leonardo Vordoni (making his Lyric debut).....Conductor Vordoni,showcased the teamwork in this great Mozart opera, meshing comedy and romance and achieving a sensitive balance between orchestra and singers.
Ruth Taber- Elpasotimes (April 17 2010)
Barbiere di Siviglia- Opera Colorado 2010
“In light-hearted accompaniment, Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni led musicians of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in a consistently sophisticated, nuanced reading of the score, immediately apparent from the opening bars of the opera's well-known overture.”
Sabine Kortals-Denver Post ( February 11 2010)
“None of this would have been possible without a conductor who has a nuanced sense of comic timing. And that's exactly what Opera Colorado found in emerging maestro Leonardo Vordoni, who was making his debut with the company. He married suitably high-energy pacing with keen responsiveness to the action onstage.”
Kyle Macmillan- Operanews May 2010
Pearl Fishers- Minnesota Opera 2009
"Under conductor Leonardo Vordoni, both orchestra and chorus resounded grandly…[he] dependably found the gentle pulse of Bizet’s music and, in an evening largely about color, mixed the composer’s sonic pigments with a sure hand."
Minneapolis Star Tribune (October 2009)
“Leonardo Vordoni conducted with winning breadth and finesse; both orchestra and chorus (the latter prepared by Mary Dibbern) sounded better than ever’
Lawrence Fuchsberg- Operanews December 2009
Casanova’s Homecoming- Minnesota Opera 2009
"Conductor Leonardo Vordoni reliably finds the music in Argento's speech-driven rhythms and irregular phrases; the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is a vital presence in the pit."
Larry Fuchsberg - Star Tribune (17 November 2009)
"Maestro Leonardo Vordoni leads the SPCO through Argento's challenging, at times exotic score with quick tempos and a light touch. "
Jay Furst - Post Bulletin (17 November 2009)
La Cenerentola- Orlando Opera 2009
“Leonardo Vordoni led the Orlando Philharmonic skillfully, bringing out the many instrumental colors Rossini wrote into the score. He should be credited, too, for keeping the fast-paced ensembles together crisply without making them seem rushed in this very busy production. The men of the chorus, resounding in tone, delivered their parts wonderfully, and they even danced well. This was a fine show all around; those who missed it really missed out.”
-Operanews March 2009-
Tutti in Maschera- Wexford Festival 2008
“Conductor Leonardo Vordoni draws a scintillating performance from the orchestra, keeping the textures crisp, even in the beguiling Act III duet between Vittoria and Emilio."
Anna Picard - The Independent (26 October 2008)
"During the overture – deftly performed by the orchestra under Leonardo Vordoni – the madman sat in front of the curtain pulling faces that suggested sleepiness, boredom or the facial exercises of a mime artist. "
Áine Sheil - Irish Theatre Magazine (November 2008)