Wagner: Lohengrin (In Italian) - Giacomini, Chiara, Berini, Carroli, Patanè. Trieste, 1974
Listen to a Sample:
- In many respects this group of Italian singers fully realizes Wagner's innate lyricism better than any German-born cast I have ever heard (no disrespect to the great German singers I have loved and admired.)
- Giuseppe Giacomini is stunning in the title role, managing Lohengrin's ethereal tessitura with security and elan.
- Maria Chiara's rich soprano gives Elsa's music a luxurious sheen.
- Bianca Berini's Ortrud is thrilling.
- The bad news is that the sound is not very good. There is an echoey quality that detracts from an otherwise sterling performance.