"...sang a captivatingly fresh and sweet Zerlina while the charm of Victor Sgarbi as the permanently amorous Giovanni won sympathy against the odds.
Without props and atmospheric context, Heritage Opera were entirely heroic." Louise Schweitzer, 13/06/2016 - For Don Giovanni , Brighton Open Air Theatre
"...canny performance that effortlessly matched up to Brazilian Victor Sgarbi’s swaggering, manoeuvring and utterly ruthless Don.
Sgarbi too has a voice well worth hearing: rich in tone, lucidly enunciated, and catching the overriding cynicism of this Spanish rake aptly and cleverly. He strutted to good effect, quite incapable of seeing the fiery doom his grotesque activities will land him in. Giovanni’s and Leporello’s exchange of recitative was just one of many fine quick-fire battering..." Roderic Dunnett, 25/06/2016 , for Don Giovanni, Oxford.
"But it’s after the interval that the heart of the show really shines: Tony Harris, as himself, interviews our two singers (lyrical Brazilian baritone Victor Sgarbi, and Purley-born tenor Daniel Joy) as themselves, talking about how they became an opera singer, and taking audience questions. Here Sgarbi and Joy still sing a couple of arias each, chosen personally from their own repertoire, while telling their stories with self-effacing openness. The myriad paths to opera – Sgarbi started out as a successful dentist and maxillofacial surgeon in Brazil, before selling everything he had to go to music college – are humbling and fascinating.
As an audience member, it’s all too easy to forget the level of skill, struggle and dedication needed to succeed in the super-competitive, thoroughly unlucrative world of opera.."
Operissima, Charlotte Valori, "Boys from Boheme", 13/07/2015
"...convinces as the anguished Canio, his dramatic and vocal authority particularly shining through in the opera’s most famous number, Vesti La Giubba. Victor Sgarbi also impresses as the lecherous and jealously vengeful Tonio." Donna Kelly - I Pagliacci, Royal Northern College of Music -4/10/2014
"Victor Sgarbi as a charming Escamillo gives us a matador with a bold baritone presence" Mary Nguyen, LDN Card, 7/7/2014.
"As the brutal Polyphemus, Victor Sgarbi displayed a strong presence and his aria “O ruddier than the cherry” was deliciously executed."
Nahoko Gotoh, Bachtrack, 5/11/2013
"Victor Sgarbi’s Polyphemus was elevated to more than a farcical villain and his bullish harassment of Galatea was even uncomfortable to watch. The dramatic context was there but the music remained the focus; a perfect marriage of the two aspects of the work."
Joe Richomme, Fringe Opera, 9/11/2013
"Victor Sgarbi as the maestro gave a well developed performance and was a convincing character. (First the Music then the words, Salieri)
John Bird , 26/08/11
"Restraint and a truly well placed baritone voice were a major contribution from Victor Sgarbi the Turk of the title."
Barry Grantham ,7/2009.
"Opera singers to look out for." (in regards to Salieri, First the Music then the words)Peter Woolf , for Musical Pointers on 28/08/11.
"Restraint and a truly well placed baritone voice were a major contribution from Victor Sgarbi the Turk of the title." Barry Grantham. 7/2009.
"In ’16 Bars’ Julia Buckley and Victor Sgarbi duet together and I must say harmonise well". Tremayne Potter, UK Theatre Magazine, 11/7/2009.
"In 'Can We Go Dancing?’, ‘My Heart Bleeds’ and ‘Do You Remember? one could compare the vocals of Victor Sgarbi to that of Jonathan Pryce" Tremayne Potter, UK Theatre Magazine 11/07/2009.
"Islamabad - Ivan Pires e Victor Sgarbi Pianista e barítono brasileiros realizam recital de música clássica na capital paquistanesa
O pianista Ivan Pires e o barítono Victor Sgarbi realizaram, nos dias 23 e 25 de novembro, dois recitais de música clássica na sede da Chancelaria, em Islamabad. Os eventos contaram com público de mais de cem pessoas, que puderam conferir o repertório de compositores europeus (Schumann, Williams) e brasileiros (Jobim, Braga) executado pelos músicos." (13/12/2010) Ministerio da Educacao e Cultura do Brasil -2010)
"o primo Kelvin e o tio Ernie (Victor Sgarbi, que voz!) foram excelentes (tanto no canto quanto nas atuações)". ( referente ao Musical Tommy 2006 - Folha de Sao Paulo)
"Ishrat Hyatt ( October 2010 )
In continuation of his policy to introduce the rich culture of Brazil to the residents of the capital and if possible, to people living in other parts of the country, Ambassador Alfredo Leoni hosted a performance by two of Brazil’s well known artistes, pianist Ivan Pires and baritone Victor Sgarbi.
The event — which was divided into two performances due to the lack of space in the venue — was held at the embassy of Brazil and was attended on Tuesday evening by members of the diplomatic community, who are aficionados of classical music. It was a small group — those who accepted and did not show up missed out on an enjoyable evening, not only as afar as the performance was concerned but also because of the warmth of Brazilian hospitality. As one diplomat put it before leaving, “Wasn’t that exquisite performance!”
Addressing the gathering the host thanked the artistes for accepting his invitation to perform in Islamabad as well as his deputy, Joao Belloc, who had arranged the whole affair in his absence. With a brief introduction of the artistes, he concluded by hoping his guests would enjoy the performance.
The programme was in two parts, with European music followed by Brazilian compositions and included excerpts from Robert Schumann’s ‘Liederkreis;’ Vaughn Williams ‘Songs of Travel;’ an introductory Brazilian piano solo, ‘Waltz of Sorrow’ by Hector Villa-Lobos; two numbers by Ernana Braga and another two by Antonio Carlos Jobim, the first person behind the conception of the ‘Bossa Nova.’
My favourite was the ancient Brazilian lullaby in a mixture of three languages — that of native Indians ‘Tupi-Guarani;’ that of the African slaves and Portuguese. Both artistes said they were pleasantly surprised after they arrived here to learn first hand that all the negative publicity given to Pakistan was just media hype — they found it easy to go around and every one they had met from all walks of life was friendly and hospitable. Conceding that it had taken their country a long time to reach its present status, they said Pakistan was a young country and would soon get over the problems it was facing. As we say, ‘in kay moo main ghee shukkar’ — in effect, may their words come true! Victors solo career began in the year 2000 when he was a student of classical singing at University Tom Jobim ( Sao Paulo — Brazil) performing the baritone role in the opera ‘Carmina Burana’ under the direction of maestro Parcval Modolo. The following year he joined the professional choir of the Sao Paulo symphony orchestra as a soloist, performing works by Mozart, Rossini, Haydn and Monteverdi among others. He has subsequently taken several roles in fully staged operas in and Brazil and the UK. His vocals have been compared to that of Jonathan Pryce’ by reviewer, Tremayne Potter while Barry Grantham thinks he has a ‘well placed baritone voice.’
Ivan Pires began studying piano at the age ten and acquired a Bachelors Degree in Piano from the School of Music of Arts of the State of Parana, Brazil. He has performed at several renowned theatres and concert halls in Brazil and has held recitals in France, Portugal, Italy and the UK.
In 2005 the ‘Year of Brazil in France’, he performed to great acclaim works by Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos at the ‘Casa do Brasil’ in Paris. He has recently made his first recording at the church of ‘St. Martin-in-the Fields’ in London where he now lives."