I admire Giuseppe Giacomini, who never really got the credit he deserved in the United States. Giacomini was a great dramatic tenor, but he was not a "sexy" singer. He was what the Spanish call "un hombre serio y formal." Religious, intellectual, dignified, serious and self-disciplined, he did not conform to stereotypes of operatic tenors. Curiously, he reminds me more of Chaliapin than of typical tenors. He was--and remains--a superb musician, a brilliant stylist who takes an intellectual and dramatic approach to his music. A conservatory graduate, with honors, he was a formidable musician who took a near religious approach to the lyric stage and the theater, which he often compared to a temple. He was a singer for the theater; which is where he shone. His particular kind of very dark voice did not record as well as some brighter voices do, but he was stunning in the theater, where he could rattle the windows with his powerful dramatic tenor voice. Here he is in one of his signature roles, and it is not hard to imagine the vocal and dramatic power of this portrayal in the opera house.
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